Save Lives, Save Forests, Save Orang Utans!
Organized by: Susan Ruddy
You made the world a better place in 2017!
January 04, 2018
You have already made almost two-thirds of the difference!
$9,400 in, $5,600 to go!
Let's get it done now!
Our $10,000 investment in Dr. Rina’s anesthesiology residency has her well on the way to saving the lives of Kalimantan villagers, and of the forest homes of Borneo’s orang utans - the “people of the forest” in Bahasa Indonesian.
So, why do we care? Because poor health and crushing poverty drive villagers of Kalimantan (Indonesia’s part of Borneo) to log illegally in order to pay for health care. They log in Gunung Palung National Park, home to 10% of the world’s remaining Bornean orang utans in order to survive.
Rain forests are being lost at a rapid rate. Forests regulate air, water, climate, and even disease. When the rain forest suffers, so do we. But for many people, exploiting natural resources, like cutting down trees to sell, is the only way to afford health care and support their families. When we suffer, so does the rain forest.
Many families are forced to make the impossible choice between short-term survival and future well-being. But their choices impact ecosystems all over the world - and therefore our Earth's climate - so these choices impact us all.
· Borneo’s orang utan populations have decreased by 25% in just the last ten years.
· But 25 of 1,000 infants born in Indonesia die before their first birthday.
Who among us wouldn’t cut a tree to pay for healthcare, thus saving our infant’s life? But at the same time destroying forest homes of critically endangered orang utan….
A tragic choice - that no longer needs to be made because of your help!
Dr. Rina will be our agent of change. She will be at Health in Harmony’s new little hospital with her surgeon husband, where villagers get health care in exchange for quitting logging. And she will be there because of our investments in her education, her future, the future of both people and the forests of Kalimantan.
This is where our investment will go, in the person of Dr. Rina. Join me in taking our campaign across the $15,000 finish line! We are two thirds of the way there; all we need is another $5,000. Together we can do this! So please send your support now.