About Club Peduli Orangutan Indonesia
Club Peduli Orangutan Indonesia (the Orangutan Caring Clubs of Indonesia) are the Indonesian action branches of OUREI Indonesia and OURF. Formed following the initial declaration of Orangutan Caring Week in November 2005, CPOI came about by the interest of young Indonesians who helped promote Orangutan Caring Week. These young people answered the call of community service and took the initiative in establishing outreach programs in various cities in Indonesia. Clubs were initially established in Jakarta, Java and Medan, North Sumatra under the oversight of Ridhwan Effendi, manager of OUREI Indonesia.
CPOI-Sumut (Orangutan Caring Club of North Sumatra) is an active chapter with an office in Medan, North Sumatra. CPOI-Sumut is a member of the Sumatran Orangutan Education Consortium and is well respected among the various provincial governmental offices. CPOI-Sumit is headed by Mr. Herman Syahputra, who is also the project manager of the Mobile Education & Conservation Unit (MECU) program.
CPOI-Sumut has implemented numerous outreach and education programs since 2006. In recent years CPOI-Sumut have delivered innovative education programs in local Medan schools, held Orangutan Youth Camps, coordinated Orangutan Caring Week activities, and have created and held after school education programs in their offices for hundreds of local children.
They have also participated with the local Forestry Department in distributing and planting trees and have developed and promoted urban conservation programs the "Greening of Wedding" and school yard tree-planting programs. Their Student Ambassador program encourages selected youth from each school to continue their involvement with CPOI-Sumut. CPOI-Sumut has also integrated community health programs within their array of projects.
CPOI-Sumut works with OURF and OUREII in implementing the Mobile Education and Conservation Unit (MECU) Program. The program started with US Fish & Wildlife Service support in providing them with a rugged vehicle to access remote villages. Today, the MECU program, under CPOI operation, is delivering education and training to people in selected villages near orangutan habitat in order to reduce the conflict between villagers and the ape populations.