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About Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) | Artemis Impact

Sep 4, 2020 | by Irvandias Sanjaya

About Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI)

Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) is an NGO working towards environmental conservation. ASRI started when the co-founder discovered that the people living in West Kalimantan are often faced with the tough decision of choosing between their own individual health or protecting the environment. With limited health facilities and low-income, people living around Gunung Palung National park had to cut trees to be able to meet their medical expenses. 

Observing this issue, ASRI team visited the people and asked them one question, “how can the world thank them for their help to conserve forests.” ASRI provides quality and affordable health services to all levels of society through a program called ASRI CLINIC. 

The discussion showed that limited livelihoods and still expensive access to health are the two main concerns and two main factors leading the community to carry out illegal logging. With this in mind ASRI started its main programs, which focus on providing health services, conservation and education. 

The discussion showed that limited livelihoods and still expensive access to health are the two main concerns and two main factors leading the community to carry out illegal logging. With this in mind ASRI started its main programs,… Click To Tweet

Where is the Domicile of ASRI?

ASRI is based in the West Kalimantan region, especially around Gunung Palung National Park (TNGP). Since 2018, ASRI has also been working around Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park area. 

What Genre do they focus on?

ASRI’s main focus is environmental conservation & ensuring that the communities living in these areas get proper health facilities. After their initial discussion, ASRI realized that for these communities, the two issues often go hand in hand, and had a causal effect. 

What kind of programs does ASRI run?

ASRI has 3 main programs focussing on environment, health and education. The three main programs then have derivative programs that have specific targets. As an example in the health sector, ASRI has an ASRI Clinic, Mobile Medicine, Tuberculosis Control and Glasses Procurement. The four programs are closely related to the high cost of health facilities in the areas around the National Park. 

In the environmental sector, ASRI has 6 excellent programs such as Reforestation, Deforestation Monitoring, Forest Friends, Organic Farming, Chainsaw Buyback and Goats for Widows. These six programs are closely related to the prevention of illegal logging by the local community. By providing a stimulant to change people’s lifestyles, the hope is that it can reduce the level of uncontrolled logging. 

Lastly, they have a program that focuses on education. They have  ASRI Kids, ASRI Teens, Community Education, Comparative Studies, Study Tours, Planetary Health Talks, and Planetary Health Camp programs. ASRI invites stakeholders to be actively involved in protecting the surrounding environment by raising awareness among the people living in the community. 

Is ASRI registered as an NGO?

Yes, ASRI is a registered NGO in Indonesia.

When was the ASRI established?

Officially, ASRI was founded in 2007

Can you volunteer with ASRI?

ASRI opens opportunities for the general public to be able to contribute & be an active part of the change. You can contribute to ASRI in different forms and you can find the information on their website

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