Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.86 stars   51 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;
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I've been involved with numerous charitable organizations over the years and strongly believe that OURF is one of the most effective. Although OURF also works on the political level to address human encroachment in orangutan habitats, most of their effort is boots-on-the-ground - developing education and training programs to help the local populations to live and work in a manner that doesn't negatively impact the orangutans. Importantly, a significant proportion of the funds OURF raises goes towards scholarships to train local educators in order to both expand the capacity and sustainability of their programs.

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Never has there been a group of people so dedicated and committed to such an important cause. Their passion for the Orang Utan community is not only immeasurable but also addicting. The incredible research that has been done by these folks on the habitats and preservation of these fantastic creatures would amaze anyone! After hearing several hands-on experts speak along with their extremely informative video presentations, I knew right away that as long as this Foundation is around and supported , that Orang Utans would have the best chance to be protected and nurtured. What a wonderful, professional, well organized, educated and essential cause to protect such beautiful creatures!!

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It has been such a honor to have had to opportunity to work and learn from Gary Shapiro. He has had lifetime of experience with Orangutans and has been a ground breaker in Orangutan studies in the wild. To this day he dedicates himself to the plight of the critically endangered Orangutan and the other creatures of the forests in Indonesia. Gary also has done amazing work with the Indonesian people and works to provide them with many educational opportunities .

--- Ronna Phelps

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Orang Utan Replublik Foundation knows and cares about orang utan like no others. Gary, founder of this organization has lived with orang utan in the wilderness for many years. his passion and commitment to Orang Utan is without doubt sincere.

So many efforts has been made by this organization. Some the activities that has been done are:
1. giving scholarships and fellowships
2. reduce conflict between human and wild-life, which is a big problem in Indonesia since people are not educated enough
3. give local training about orang utan so that they know more about them. When they know more they will start to care.

Overall a very outstanding organization despite its size. A commitment from the heart of founder is what makes this organization an impactful one.

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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!

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Get them more support and more exposure.

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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.

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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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Dr. Shapiro has devoted his life to helping protect and preserve orangutans. His strategy of promoting awareness and conservation education among the people of Indonesia truly gets at the heart of the matter and I believe is critical to making the difference for these amazing creatures. I personally have seen how far that Dr, Shapiro has gone to protect the orangutan habitat when I travelled with him nearly a decade ago to visit Camp Leaky, the site of his original research in the 70's that lead him to a lifetime of working to understand and protect the orangutans. The Orang Utan Republik Foundation is truly a great and innovative organization doing critical work on the ground in Indonesia to support and assist its partner groups!

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Gary Shapiro's organization is amazing . I cannot stress enough how important the work is that the Orang Utan Republik Foundation is doing for the survival and well being of orangutans and helping locals become educated about the importance of protecting the orangs.
If you were to support one NGO this is the one to support.

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This is a great organization that is helping orangutans by educating the Indonesian people and most importantly young people on how criticallly endangered orangutans are and what can be done to help them fight off extinction. Gary is the most passionate person i know when it comes to orangutans. Since the 70's he has tirelessly worked on their behalf and now heads up Orangutan Republik. I am honored to be able to help in what little ways i can by donating sculptures and raising money through them to help them out. I truly want to see this organization flourish and keep doing what they do best... SAVING ORANGUTANS

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