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Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, 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: * 130 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 12 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 11 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 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;

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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 had the pleasure of volunteering for the Orang Utan Republik Foundation for a few years. It is an outstanding organization that is making a big impact to protect and raise awareness of the dire situation that the orangutans in Indonesia are in. Orangutans are only found in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. It is a small organization and as a volunteer I am able to contribute and help make a meaningful difference. OURF also provides scholarships to vet students in Indonesia who are also involved in the effort to save and preserve the orangutans. Dr Shapiro has dedicated his life to this work and it's beyond work, it's a true passion and commitment on every level to save "a species through education initiatives and innovative collaborative projects"... The important work OURF is doing should be highly recognized and a great organization to get involved with. Orangutans are critically endangered and OURF works tirelessly to save this precious species.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With the raising awareness and campaigns towards global warming, there are still lots of companies destroying forests for the sake of making money. Leaving the world we live with less and less species exists. If we do nothing, many more species Will put on course to extinction, especialy the nearly extinct Orang Utan.

Personally I love animals, especially Orang Utans, because, they are so similar to us. In fact, 97% of their genes are identical to human. Wathing them live in the wild is like watching myself live in freedom. In contrast, watching them killed for hobby or for making money by our fellow human is just disheartening.

Luckily, there are some people who are willing to put their heart to protect Orang Utan from extinction, they are the guys in OURF (Orang Utan Republic Foundation). They have done fantastic job to achieve their mission. They are improving the economy of people who live nearby the forest to minimize Orang Utan trafficking. They hosts charity events, while giving education about what each of us can do to help Orang Utan's habitat unharmed. They also lobbied local government to create regulations to avoid deforestation.

Those are the moves I see OURF is doing. Clearly they are facing a high mountain to climb, and they need support from each of us. Lets protect our forests and Orang Utan together! Lets support OURF!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation is a stellar nonprofit my wife and I gladly volunteer for. It generates awareness for rampant deforestation in Indonesia and similar locales throughout the world for the sole purpose of sating the palm oil industry. The habitat of orangutans and other fauna and flora is summarily destroyed--and thousands of acres are burned off by fire daily. There exists today far better and cheaper alternatives to palm oil that do NOT involve the destruction of rainforests and jungles. Ecosystems throughout the world are permanently decimated and the damage to our ecological system and its balances are severely compromised. The work of the Orang Utan Foundation works vigorously to combat this threat to our natural environment. It is why I wholeheartedly support and work for this foundation.

Kindest regards,

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez
Actor/Activist

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seeing first hand what OURF stands for and the people/advocates behind it, I personally felt a connection like no other. They educate and train local people about orangutans and help improve their livelihood without sacrificing their wilderness areas. OURF's commitment to educate and assist with the deforestation problem while aiding the livelihood of orangutans, is not only touching but has made me a strong supporter as well. Their passion, commitment and unrelenting volunteer work is a true example of what every organization (non-profit or not) should strive to be! Gary Shapiro is a genuine and caring leader and advocate -- thank you Gary for introducing me to your wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Orang Utan Republik Foundation for a few years, both as a volunteer and then as a recipient of a grant to help me with my scientific research project. In that time, I have been continually impressed by the work OURF has been doing to protect orangutan populations in Indonesia. Their focus on education and providing grants for Indonesian university students to conduct stucies in to biology is unique, and has given over 100 students the opportunity to learn more about environmental issues and inspire the next generation of conservationists. I cannot recommend this charity enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very thankful to have met Gary and to get to know his foundation Orang Utan Republik. His work to protect the rain forest and its endangered species is outstanding, full of commitment and inspiring. The mission of his charity really will plant the seed to a better educated society with high morals and ethics, instead of a society which is only led by greed and money as it s sadly the current situation. I have myself volunteered in March 2015 to organise a fundraiser for Orang Utan Republic in Bali, Indonesia. We had a fantastic response from wellkown brands who donated vouchers for our prize raffle. As I strongly believe in the work of Orang Utan Republic I will volunteer for future events and help with social media to spread the awareness.

Monique14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked personally with Gary Shapiro and the Orang Utan Republic over the last 3 years. I have witnessed his commitment to the orangutans first hand. Gary goes to Borneo and speaks with tribal people there about poaching and sustainable palm oil practices in order to save the species. I am honored to know of a non-profit where all the proceeds actually go to the intended beneficiary. I wish there were more like him.

1 Herman S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.




1 Holly-OrangAware

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Wendy86

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donna141

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm very proud being the recevier from OURF Scholarship. I think This Scholarship Programe helpfull me to care about the Orangutan's future. From this programe we can find more knowledge about Orangutan, then i hope this programe can be able forever to help Indonesian Students and make Orangutan save in Indonesia.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It’s kind of pride got the opportunity to receive scholarship from OURF. I learn and find much new knowledge about Orangutan. I was not too concerned about nature and wildlife in the past, but now I am very concerned and would preserve Orangutan and their forest! Show that you care! #TogetherWeCanSaveOrangutans #VivaVeteriner

Gabriella Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a scholarship beneficiary from Orangutan Republic Foundation. I'm very glad. I have many experience when i got it. I'll make a research about Orangutan and their Habitats. How we can make a comfort house for these animals. Thank you to gave me opportunity to learn more about Conserve Orangutan and it's Habitat. Save Orangutan!