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Guest post: Health in Harmony
As a Zoo committed to conservation, Blank Park Zoo continually works to raise funds to support organizations and projects around the world dedicated to the same conservation ideals. One such organization is Health in Harmony, who has written today’s guest blog post.
Health in Harmony supports the Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) program in Indonesian Borneo that combines human and environmental health. We support the community by providing high-quality affordable health care, as well as alternative livelihood programs such as organic farm training, reforestation, and both conservation and health education in order to protect their precious treasure, Gunung Palung National Park.
ASRI Field trip to Gunlung Palung National Park
ASRI Kids is one of the education programs that targets 4th and 5th grade primary school children around Gunung Palung National Park. The goal of this project is to increase the kids’ awareness of both environmental health and human health, and most importantly, the connection of the two. Class curriculum includes:
- An introduction to the world map and animals found in various countries on the map,
Learning the world map and animals in the world
- What is a tropical rain forest,
- Sustainable agriculture,
- The concept of an ecosystem,
- How to plant and care for native trees,
Planting at school
- Existing environmental threats,
- Trash and recycling,
Making recycled paper
- Nutrition and healthy food, and
- The importance of washing hands and dental care.
The curriculum is instructed and practiced in eight classes. In addition the students go on a field trip to an ASRI reforestation site and a primary forest.
Field trip to the ASRI nursery
Field trip to the reforestation site
Education has a very crucial role in how a person sees the world, and early education has the capacity to greatly influence behavior over a lifetime. With the ASRI Kids project, we put hope in the hands of those who inherit the forests of Gunung Palung in an effort to help save this planet.
We send a huge thanks to Blank Park Zoo for having supported this education project. This means a lot for a few kids in Borneo, but it can provide a big impact for the entire world!