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The mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) has remained true to its founding principles; to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action.
The Orang Utan Republik Foundation is based in Santa Monica, California and conducts outreach and fundraising events in the United States. Its major impact takes place in Indonesia where local organizations implement OURF's education and conservation programs.
Domestic Outreach involves participating in annual events including Earthday as well as Orangutan Caring Week in November. Other activities are planned and conducted by volunteers. OURF works with schools to enroll and inspire students to learn about orangutans and take action to conserve the species.
OURF works with Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative Indonesia (OUREII) in Jakarta as our sister organization and the Orangutan Caring Clubs, local organizations that create and deliver education to schools in the Jakarta and Medan regions. The Orangutan Caring Club in Medan (CPOI-Sumut) is the most active club and is implementing the Mobile Education and Conservation Unit (MECU) program. The MECU program delivers education to villages near Gunung Leuser National Park to reduce conflict between the villagers and orangutans. The MECU program also provides training and assistance in organic farming and waste management at the village level as well as providing ways to improve livelihood as an alternative to destructive practices.
OURF works with the Orangutan Information Center in Medan, Sumatra and Yayasan Palung in West Kalimantan, in implementing the Orangutan Caring Scholarship program. OURF raises and aggregates funds contributed by donors to provide multi-year tuition for Indonesian college and university students in the fields of Biology, Forestry and Veterinary Science. The scholarships are given in a competitive manner by the implementing organizations.
OURF also provides an annual fellowship for orangutan and rainforest research through the LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship program.
OURF is also a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to serve as a voice for the orangutan whose habitat is being threatened by large scale palm oil operations in Indonesia and Malaysia.
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