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Our Work

Nature For Change was founded in 2015 by the passionate people of Tambang Lawan village in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra. The initiative brings together nature and people, in order to protect Sumatra’s rainforest and its one-of-a-kind ecosystem where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants coexist.

We support the local community that lives around the “green buffer zone” of the Gunung Leuser Park. Together we build projects that create awareness and impact around mutually beneficial conservation initiatives like the planting of fruit trees that provide incentives for farmers to be profitable and not feel pressured to sell their land to big palm oil companies. By building bridges of understanding and respect, we empower local farmers to live in harmony with wildlife to ensure the health of the jungle — and secure their own livelihoods.

Rice Project

Free monthly rice distribution to some of the poorest members of the community.

Community Empowerment

Providing free education and after school programs to children in the local community.

Rice Project

Free monthly rice distribution to some of the poorest members of the community.

Community Empowerment

Providing free education and after school programs to children in the local community.

Reforestation

Partnering with local farmers to regenerate the forest in the buffer zones and generate an alternative source of income.

Forest Patrol

Patrolling the forest to combat illegal poaching and deforestation.

Reforestation

Partnering with local farmers to regenerate the forest in the buffer zones and generate an alternative source of income.

Forest Patrol

Patrolling the forest to combat illegal poaching and deforestation.

What We've Achieved
  • With your help we were able to obtain 7 hectares of land and create a safe place for wildlife and nature to flourish.

  • Our Tree Planting initiative supports local farmers and protects the selling of their land to big palm oil companies.

  • We built our first education center for local kids and teenagers.

  • With your ongoing financial support, we can hire teachers to teach English classes and empower the youth.

  • Our first village library holds a total of 500 books, donated by individuals, institutions and private donors.

  • Our monthly rice project helps some of the poorest families living in the village and its surroundings. This helps prevent locals from poaching and harming the unique ecosystem.

  • One of our main goals is to gain the trust from local communities. We help with immediate community needs like repairing homes and maintaining the local mosque.

  • In 2015, we created a sanitation project to protect the river from sewage and stop open toilets.

Darma

Hello friends, my name is Darma Pinem. I’m a local guide, conservationist, environmentalist and founder of Nature for Change. The Gunung Leuser National Park covers 7,927km2 in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. It is our job to protect the park’s ecosystem and our beautiful sanctuary for our closest genetic relative — the orangutans. I have devoted my life to the protection of the planet’s wildlife and the education of our local community. I work with experts, scientists, NGOs and local community leaders to ensure we build and grow a sustainable future together.

Community

Our local community has some of the best guides around the country. We teach our kids to take care of the “green buffer zone” between the park and the local villages. We believe it takes a village to protect wildlife and nature. Our motto is teamwork — only together can we create positive change.

Park Rangers

The future of our ecosystem services and our heritage depends upon forest park rangers. We take our work very seriously. We keep our border to the park clean, make special signs for guests or locals and plant fruit trees, nut trees to ensure further protection.

You

Welcome to the family. We are so grateful for your help. We love visitors and appreciate all your support, donations and the power of sharing our message all over the world. Protecting the jungle means protecting the world’s well being. Join us!

Ambassador Zac Mills

Zac Mills aims to capture moments that amaze, inspire, and educate. A former World Bank economist, he traded in the suit, tie, and briefcase for a life of adventure behind the lens. At home in the wilderness, his photography approach is to capture the spirit of the wild and make images that stand out and tell a story. Zac founded The Wildlife Collective to teach the art of wildlife photography and inspire direct conservation action. Zac has supported Nature for Change for eight years and visits Darma and his team in Sumatra frequently.

Ambassador Katharina Rembi Scott

Katharina is a successful model and actor with real-world experience as a driver for positive social change through fashion, film, art, advertising, and philanthropy. Through international partnerships, movement building, community collaboration, and education, she uses her talent and resources to create meaningful and inspiring action around climate change, gender equality, and social justice issues. Katharina visited Nature for Change for the first time in 2019 and is one of the newest members of the team.

Darma

Hello friends, my name is Darma Pinem. I’m a local guide, conservationist, environmentalist and founder of Nature for Change. The Gunung Leuser National Park covers 7,927km2 in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. It is our job to protect the park’s ecosystem and our beautiful sanctuary for our closest genetic relative — the orangutans. I have devoted my life to the protection of the planet’s wildlife and the education of our local community. I work with experts, scientists, NGOs and local community leaders to ensure we build and grow a sustainable future together.

Community

Our local community has some of the best guides around the country. We teach our kids to take care of the “green buffer zone” between the park and the local villages. We believe it takes a village to protect wildlife and nature. Our motto is teamwork — only together can we create positive change.

Park Rangers

The future of our ecosystem services and our heritage depends upon forest park rangers. We take our work very seriously. We keep our border to the park clean, make special signs for guests or locals and plant fruit trees, nut trees to ensure further protection.

You

Welcome to the family. We are so grateful for your help. We love visitors and appreciate all your support, donations and the power of sharing our message all over the world. Protecting the jungle means protecting the world’s well being. Join us!

Ambassador Zac Mills

Zac Mills lives for adventure and feels at home in some of the wildest places on our planet. Whether capturing the majesty of the silverback mountain gorilla, orangutans, the elegance of the leopard, or the dignity of the polar bear, photography is more than a passion for Zac; it’s a means of connection – a connection that brings a deeper understanding of the incredible beauty, diversity, and fragility of our planet. Zac has supported Nature for Change for eight years and visits Darma and his team in Sumatra frequently.

Ambassador Katharina Rembi Scott

Katharina is a successful model and actor with real-world experience as a driver for positive social change through fashion, film, art, advertising, and philanthropy. Through international partnerships, movement building, community collaboration, and education, she uses her talent and resources to create meaningful and inspiring action around climate change, gender equality, and social justice issues. Katharina visited Nature for Change for the first time in 2019 and is one of the newest members of the team.