Yayasan Orangutan Sumatera Lestari – Orangutan Information Centre (YOSL-OIC) believes that the future of orangutan conservation and their forest homes is on the hand of our children. They are our future, our determiner. Thus, YOSL-OIC is actively promote environmental education, awareness and habitat protection for children to build their sense of belonging to their nature and the critical endangered species of orangutan that are their heritage for them to protect. Through the school visit program, YOSL- OIC conducts conservation campaign to school children in the purpose of giving them information about the issues of conservation. This school visit program is conducted to schools located arround the Gunung Leuser National Park area of Leuser Ecosystem. This is intended for them to understand about the issues as well as to teach them about conflict mitigation that can be happened anytime arround their area. By implementing this project, YOSL-OIC expects that the young generation, teenagers in particular can be able to become agent of change in their own community.
In addition, YOSL-OIC is also implementing the orangutan caring scholarship to supprt much-needed study into orangutan ecology and conservation in Sumatra for Indonesian university students. To date, more than 100 Indonesian students from local universities in North Sumatra and Aceh provinces has been awarded funding. The scholarship covers the full four years of tuition of each students, as well as the stipend for orangutan/habitat related research. Up to date, about 65 students have completed their study and have become the key members of conservation movement across Indonesia and they will help inspire others to care for nature and their environment.
Despite of that, Nayla, the staff of runforrainforest and YOSL-OIC also actively conduct a volunteering teaching in Bukit Lawang, one of the buffer zone area of Leuser forest. She teaches English to local children in the small school with hope that they can use their skill to improve their livelihood in the future. For them to have the competitive advantage to be able to compete to work in the ecotourism centre in their area, Bukit Lawang. As most of the children in the small village, Bukit Lawang in particular, are tend to cut their education only to the junior high school level only. She does the volunteering twice a month. At the time, she and team in YOSL-OIC is also initiating a smart centre and village library for local kids in Cinta Raja, the newest restoration site of YOSL-OIC. By establishing this smart centre and library, the local children can develop their knowledge and change their future in the meantime. Not to mention that, it is a way of YOSL-OIC’s gaining the support from local people to conduct the successful restoration in the future. As generally truth, the more we expand our knowledge, many opportunities that we will achieve in the future. That is how someone’s life can be different, a chance and willingness. With many supports, let us open many doors for them.