ORANG UTAN REPUBLIK FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.8 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 2461 Santa Monica Blvd. #828 Santa Monica CA 90404 USA

Mission: the mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action.
Results: Funds raised and administered have provided: * 77 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 9 years; * 7 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 8 years; * programs to thousands of grade school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta; * formal and informal education programs to villagers in 16 communities near Gunung Leuser National Park; * Orangutan Caring Week activities in Indonesia and venues around the world (since 2005) * support for the Sumatran Orangutan Education Conference, Workshop and Summit (2006) that crafted curricula specific to reduce the killing of orangutans; * support to the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative Indonesia and Orangutan Caring Clubs to build institutional capacity to further the mission of the foundation (since 2006).
Target demographics: low-income college bound students in North Sumatra, Aceh and West Kalimantan, Indonesia; grade school through high school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta, Indonesia; people at all levels of Indonesian society that threaten the survival of orangutans.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 14 college students with scholarships;
Geographic areas served: Indonesia
Programs: * Orangutan Caring Scholarship program, a collaboration with the Orangutan Information Center in Sumatra & Yayasan Palung in Borneo that provides 4-year scholarships to needy students in Biology, Forestry and Veterinary Science; * LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship, provides funds to graduate students conducting field research on orangutans and rain forest; * Mobile Education & Conservation Unit, a program with the Orangutan Caring Club of N. Sumatra provides education and training to villagers living near orangutans to reduce the human-wildlife conflict and improve their quality of life; * Orangutan Caring Week, a collaboration with orangutan groups, zoos and others to call attention to the plight of the species each November;

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Rating: 5 stars  

Orangutan Caring Club of North Sumatra CPOI-SUMUT), we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the Orangutan Republik Foundation (OURF), Mr Gary Shapiro, for Support we program since 2005 until 2014. Especially through the support of Mobile Education and Conservation Program (MECU: I,II, III,IV). Area Aroud the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem the Bahorok Distrik , Indonesia.

Orangutan Republik Foundation (OURF),propose to manage a Mobile Education & Conservation Unit (MECU) to deliver targeted conservation education in remote areas around the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem where human/ape conflict exists as well as conduct conservation related programs benefiting ape survival. The project’s intent is to provide a multipurpose, reliable vehicle for educators and conservation specialists of the Orangutan Caring Club of North Sumatra (CPOI Sumut) to access locations near orangutan habitat in order to (a) deliver education programs regarding orangutan, wildlife, environment, and conservation to local villagers and (b) transport of young trees to areas adjacent to orangutan habitat needing reforestation. The focus will be to address conflict issues specific to living within close proximity of the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) as well as the endangered Sumatran Lar Gibbon (Hylobates lar) and the endangered Siamang (Hylobates syndactylus). Additional focus will be placed on enrolling and engaging the villagers in tree planting to rehabilitate degraded orangutan and other wildlife habitat which also has the benefit of revitalizing forests and preventing floods.

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation is the Best of organization doing critical work on the ground in Indonesia to support and assist its partner groups, community development and education.

We all Thank’s very much Mr Gary Shapiro (OURF),


Herman Syahputra, chairman of Orangutan Caring Club of North Sumatera.




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Unlikely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with Dr. Gary Shapiro and Orang Utan Republik Foundation for many years helping to promote the annual international Orangutan Caring Week (OCW) which Gary began back in 1995. The event is held in November each year and helps people and students learn about the wonderful world of orangutans and their rainforest habitat. Every year the event grows with more zoos, students, conservation groups, individuals, all participating and spreading the word about the plight of orangutans and their rainforest homes. The event helps to encourage people to not only care about these issues - but to care enough to be moved to action.
There are many people and groups all over the world working to save orangutans and their rainforest homes but the 2013 OCW theme "Unite to Fight the Extinction of the Orangutan" sums up beautifully how Gary and OURF are bringing these groups together toward the common goal of saving orangutans and their rainforest homes when we all come together during this November event as one voice to save this incredible species and the rainforest that is home to many other critically endangered animals.

We can't expect everyone to be as passionate about orangutans as we may be, but through OCW, we can help people make a personal connection and show them that the survival of orangutans has a direct impact on their own lives - on their own survival.
We show them how the products they buy have a direct impact on forests and on countless species of animals half way around the world - And that what happens half way around the world effects them right here at home. It is a small world, after all! The tremendous amounts of carbon released from the cutting and burning of the orangutans rainforest home has a direct impact on climate change and climate change affects us all, no matter where we live.

If we can help people make that connection, then they will see that they do indeed have a personal stake in the survival of orangutans. OCW helps make that important connection.

I love working with Gary! His passion is inspiring and his tireless efforts help to motivate me to want to do more and work harder every year to make Orangutan Caring week a bigger and better success, reaching more and more people with this very important message.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love what OURF is doing to help the orangutans.
As the CEO of a small company it matters to me greatly that Gary Shapiro has taken it upon himself to create an organization that works at the grass roots level to educate locals about the importance of biodiversity and preserving orangutan habitat.

OURF is a wonderful organization that needs and deserves all the help they can get to accomplish this enormous task. Please consider them when you make a donation. Your money will be put to good use --- and NOT to expensive overhead --aka expensive fundraising programs!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more support and more exposure.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for OURF since 2011.
I think the work Dr. Gary Shapiro is doing is important as he is pro-actively helping Orangutans through education.
I fully support his organization OURF and will continue to help them reach their goals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Orangutan Republik Foundation is the only non-profit in this field that devotes enormous attention to education. Rather than working solely on protection of orang-utans and their habitat, the Foundation addresses the root of the issue by working to educate local Indonesian people about the importance of the rainforest and its value to their communities. Importantly, the Foundation also supports early-career scientists — in the past eight years, it has funded 61 scholarships for Indonesian students to complete their education and fulfil conservation- and research-oriented projects. Personally, I was a recipient of the L P Jenkins Memorial Fellowship, which is offered to foreign students: the award enabled me to complete my doctorate in orang-utan biology in the face of extreme financial hardship. Building capacity in Indonesia — especially through the support of education and training — is the single most important factor in protecting and preserving orang-utan habitat. I am in awe of the work of Dr Gary Shapiro to further this cause in Indonesia — often at enormous personal cost — and support the Orangutan Republik Foundation without reservation. I will always be grateful for its support of my studies.

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am on the board of this orangutan foundation for two reasons: it has a solid approach for making long-lasting change by working at the grass roots' level in Indonesia: and the president of the foundation, the orangutan scientist Gary Shapiro, is a man of sincerity and integrity.

Prof. Shawn Thompson, author of The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is critical in providing for the survival of red ape cousins. I am a strong believer and donor for this worthy organization. I strongly encourage others to get involved and work for a better future for us and these beautiful animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get Gary to retire sooner so he could get back to the worthwhile work he is doing saving these beautiful animals.

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I am proud of my volunteer involvement with Orang Utan Republik Foundation. OURF provides much needed education based solutions and farming alternatives to help save the endangered Orangutan. The scholarship program for veterinary, biology and forestry workers serves to create a generation of advocates working to preserve the Orangutan habitat: the unique rainforests of Indonesia.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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As a new volunteer I am very grateful to be a part of this organization for the important work it does in helping the plight of the orangutan.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Google Dr Shapiro. I can not describe his passion and dedication in a simple blurb. His life's work speaks for itself.

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Life-changing

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2013

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