ORANG UTAN REPUBLIK FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.81 stars   36 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: * 94 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 10 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 9 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: 16 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;
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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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OURF is a dedicated to conservation of orangutans and their commitment to creating necessary conditions to help orangutan in Indonesia is excellent. We are pleased to become OURF partner in providing scholarships for younger generation in Indonesia, a way to engage local youths to become stewards of orangutans and their forest homes!

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Education is a vital component of conservation and is desperately needed in Sumatra.

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