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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;

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.
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).

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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... more »
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 ... more »
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 ... more »
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