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Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

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Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Forest Conservation, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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. We are also the USA chapter of TOP that supports numerous wildlife and habitat conservation programs.

Results: Funds raised and administered have provided: * 150 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 13 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 12 years; * programs to thousands of grade school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta; * formal and informal education programs to villagers in numerous 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 Orangutan Caring Foundation of Indonesia 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: 18 college students with scholarships; and hundreds of villagers in N. Sumatra.

Geographic areas served: Indonesia

Programs: * Orangutan Caring Scholarship program, a collaboration with the Orangutan Information Center in Sumatra & Yayasan Palung and Borneo Nature Foundation 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 rainforest; * 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;

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

LOCKEY100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful animal charity achieving great things and protecting not only orangutans but other animals that inhabit the forests of Borneo and Sumatra.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation for all your great efforts in spreading awareness to such an important cause, saving orangutans and protecting their natural habitat, it is also very impressive to see that your work educates and changes the lives of people living in Indonesia, I'm excited to be part of making a difference. Keep up the great work you are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization, making a strong impact on orangutan conservation. They are trustworthy, professional, and do what they say they are going to do. I have full confidence in their work.

Troy.K

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Orang Utan Republik Foundation is a wonderful organisation effecting real change by supporting local communities via education scholarships and other collaborations. Over many years working in orangutan conservation I've witnessed a very well run organisation with a excellent reputation in this sector and, more importantly, with the local communities.

Wendy86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An excellent organization well run and making a difference in the world

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love orangutans. There fore I love people trying to help them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife volunteers with Orang Utan Republik Foundation and through her I have learned about this non profits wonderful work in Indonesian with the habitat of the Orangutan. Gary Shapiro, the founder, is the beating heart of this organization. Him, the volunteers and the board members do everything from administering scholarships to students in Indonesia who would be ambassadors to the fragile ecosystem of Sumatra and Borneo as well as funding the Mobile Education and Conservation Unit that protects the eco system in and around North Sumatra. This organization and its members inspire me everyday.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported OURF for over 5 years. I have met Gary Shapiro and his compassion for Orangutans, the Indonesian people and their environment is obvious. This organization works to educate young locals to become future protectors of the area. They also frequently collaborate with other organizations dedicated to the protection of orangutans.
I highly recommend this nonprofit!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of meeting Gary Shapiro, the President of Orang Utan Republik, on a few occasions. Gary's passion for helping both orangutans and the people and ecology of Indonesia are beyond compare. Orang Utan Republik takes a educational approach to help save the area, focusing on empowering the young people in the region to protect their home and all that inhabit it. This meshes well with some of their partner organizations who focus more directly on the animals in peril. This helps to establish both short and long term goals for the small organizations attempting to save all of the amazing life in Borneo and Sumatra.

Sophie S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i didn’t have the knowledge of the situation that is occurring to the orangutans. my sister takes part of this organization and when she shared the information with me, it really opened my eyes to what most people don’t even know!
i love animals and think this organization is taking steps to ensure the protection of their rightful homes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization and an amazing cause. I had the pleasure to be able to go and volunteer in Sumatra. It was a definite eye opener, and very educational. The beings are so beautiful.

Jilly S

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Orange Utan Republik has and is doing so much to help protect the animals, the environment, and is directly working with the local people of Indonesia.
Gary and the team have also helped guide and involve me directly through my travels to Sumatra to help these endangered animals!
Thanks for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Gary Shapiro and Orangutan Republik prior to traveling to Indonesia to help save the critically endangered orangutan. I had learned about their dangers and wanted to see for myself and help! Gary set my friend and I up to stay with a local family who were part of the Team in Sumatra. We worked with them, along with other local team members to help get the communities involved and also helping preserve the environment for the orangutans. There is still work to be done to bring these magnificent beings' population back up and Orangutan Republik is and has been working hard at it! It was such a learning and rewarding experience I will be returning to Indonesia to work more with the team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteering for OURF since December 2017 and have really become very passionate about this organization and what its doing in regards to the conservation of Orangutans and its natural habitat. I have helped spur a season of volunteer events where volunteers are going to different events helping educate the public and answer questions they may have regarding palm oil and Orangutans. The funds we have helped raise and donate are going to different scholarship programs in Indonesia to the young Indonesians who will grow to be ambassadors for their environment and the endangered species in that habitat. The funds and attention we've brought to OURF has helped sustain the Mobile Engineering and Conservation Unit. This unit not only provides education and training to villagers in areas adjacent to Gunung Leuser National Park, the MECU Program provides transport of young trees and supplies and a strategy to plant diverse species in degraded forest areas within Gunung Leuser National Park. OURF and CPOI-Sumut have received permission by the Park authority to conduct tree-planting in regions in and around the national park. Additionally, the MECU Team works with local famers in villages to reduce conflict with ape populations in adjacent forest habitat by enhancing agro-forestry techniques that improve productivity on existing farm and community forestland including creation of recycling/waste management/composting projects; soil quality enhancement, tree-planting, and developing appropriate permaculture methods.

Harvey J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a regular supporter to this organization for about a decade and truly admire the dedication they are showing to saving the Orangutan in the wild.

Dr. Gary Shapiro, who leads this Non-Profit, has spent the majority of his life with a steadfast goal of improving the conditions for this closely related Ape and for the world's animals as well.

I have had the amazing opportunity to travel to the jungles with Dr. Shapiro to see the Orangutans in their natural habitat. After spending time with them you come away with a new understanding of the world's eco system and what WE as humans need to do to help save our planet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I first ventured to the Jungles of Borneo, in 1996, I first became aware of the desperate plight of the Orangutans. I have been supporting their cause for many years and truly believe that the work done by OURF, through education, is now the best way to help save this amazing species from extinction. I look forward to their next fundraiser on November 15th.

Gregory F. T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I, working with the director of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation, were able to raise enough money to fully fund an orangutan caring scholarship to help a deserving Indonesian student attend four years of college to study biology or forestry. I saw a tape of the awards ceremony and was able to see the scholarship recipient with her father. The caring scholarship is important since it fulfills a critical mission of the Foundation - to educate each new generation about its role in preserving and sustaining human and animal habitats. Of course, the Foundation does much more. Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D.

Holly_D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Gary Shapiro and Orang Utan Republik Foundation for many years helping to promote Orangutan Caring Week (OCW) event held internationally in November each year. The event helps to spread awareness about the plight of orangutans and the urgent threats to their rainforest homes with the goal of motivating people to care – and to care enough to be moved to action.
Through the work Gary and the Foundation do, they have not only motivated me to action, but they have inspired me through all the work they do from providing scholarships and grants to education projects to many other successful projects in Indonesia.
OURF has shown the true meaning of caring and have in turn they continue to encourage and motivate many others to care and act to save this incredible species, as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Harvard affiliated professional, I have been extremely impressed with the Orang Utan Republik Foundation's, impressive, movement on social media to raise awareness for conservation education and the Indonesian Orangutan. They have a solid presence on Facebook and have become a valued source for educational and collaborative tools within the academic, social media, community. The Foundation's efforts are sincere, and Dr. Gary Shapiro's passion for saving one of our planet's most prized species, the Orangutan, is not only contageous, but restorative -- to our hope that determined and tireless outreach will make a difference!

Kim R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I contacted Dr. Gary Shapiro after seeing an ad on Volunteer Match for an Orang Utan Republik Foundation volunteer. He enthusiastically explained how his interests peaked in orangutan behavior to education and conservation, sharing many stories and laughs along the way. I have been an OURF social media volunteer for approximately one year and appreciate the opportunity to learn so much about orangutans and the impacts human activity have on its habitat and well-being.

I made a personal trip to Indonesia in summer 2017 and talked with Dr. Shapiro about seeing some of the efforts OURF supports through their partner in North Sumatra, Yayasan Peduli Orangutan Indonesia (YPOI). I enjoyed the opportunity to stay with a family in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra for several weeks, spending time learning organic sustainable farming techniques at the demonstration plot, visiting local schools to share information about orangutans and their habitat, and experiencing the natural beauty of North Sumatra. My experiences with YPOI, afforded by my connection to OURF, are unforgettable. New friendships, ideas, and memories were made from my trip and I can not be more grateful for them.

By supporting OURF, you are supporting local efforts in orangutan conservation, environmental education, and community development. I am happy to take part in each of these components first-hand and hope that if anyone else that may have a desire to do the same will contact OURF for a truly unique and meaningful experience.

Advisor

Rating: 5

A few months ago, I began providing the Orang Utan Republik Foundation legal advice. I've had an affinity for orangutans my whole life but hadn't made the effort to help those wonderful beings. I hoped I would find doing my small part for the organization rewarding and it truly has been rewarding to see the dedication this organization provides. I am so impressed by the devotion that the Orang Utan Republik Foundation has for orangutan conservation. Educating Indonesian youngsters, and others, is a proactive way of slowing the diminution of the numbers of the species, because education and awareness begets empathy. Practical conservation efforts need empathy to succeed. Unlike organizations that just talk the talk, the Orang Utan Republik Foundation actually rolls up their sleeves and makes the effort. Human beings owe a duty of stewardship to the animals on this planet and Dr. Gary Shapiro, his team and the Orang Utan Republik's volunteers are true stewards.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In an impromptu decision to accompany my friend to Indonesia, I experienced a trip of a lifetime! My introduction to the OURF community and its mission began by meeting the passionate people behind it. We witnessed firsthand the amazing job by the OURF locals and volunteers in Bukit Lawang in educating their communities on conservation and the plight of the orangutan. We participated in the various OURF educational programs such as replicating sustainable organic farming techniques at their demplot and teaching the local school children the importance of the orangutan, both of which are making a difference! Seeing the ecosystems of orangutans and the communities plagued by the realities of the palm oil industry with my own eyes confirmed why OURF is so critical to the future there and why I want to continue to be a part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to give my time volunteering for OURF because of the amazing results they get. OURF is making a wonderful difference to orangutan conservation, and also to the lives of communities who live near endangered wildlife. I highly recommend being involved or donating to this organisation.