Join Us in Africa! 2010 Eco-Service Excursion to Africa

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Imagine yourself on an adventure like no other. You have just stepped into the palace courtyard of the Paramount Fon (King) of the Nso Kingdom in Kumbo, Cameroon. As the Fon enters, local titleholders and palace visitors bend low, clap three times and blow into their hands, greeting him respectfully. They then turn to greet you, the special visitors for the day. After welcoming speeches, a traditional band and dance group of jujus—masked spirit channelers—put on a leaping, stomping, energetic performance. The lead juju hands his staff to you and you suddenly find yourself caught up in joyous singing and dancing, surrounded by brightly decorated men and women. As simply as that, you have experienced Wikijun—the spirit of “Welcome!” in Kumbo.

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Now imagine this: A few days later you have reunited with the Fon, this time on a windy, rolling green hill in Kishong Village, on land that the Fon and his people helped secure for the Himalayan Institute Cameroon School of Energy Farming. Today is the dedication of a permanent well that will provide irrigation for medicinal and oil seed crop cultivation as well as serve the village people with clean and reliable water during the six months of the dry season when water is desperately scarce. The people of Kishong have gathered to help celebrate. You realize for the first time how the simple gift of water can profoundly change the quality of someone’s life.

Visitors with the 2008 HAMF Conference enjoyed a warm welcome from a women’s group in Kishong Village.

Visitors with the 2008 Help Africa Move Forward Conference enjoyed a warm welcome from a women’s group in Kishong Village.

Groundbreaking of Himalayan Institute Cameroon land in Kishong Village during 2008 HAMF Conference. The land is used for growing medicinal herbs, trees, oil seed crops, and for hosting educational outreach events. This year during the Conference, we will be inaugurating a newly constructed well.

Groundbreaking of Himalayan Institute Cameroon land in Kishong Village during 2008 Help Africa Move Forward Conference. The land is used for growing medicinal herbs, trees, oil seed crops, and for hosting educational outreach events. This year during the excursion we will be inaugurating a newly constructed well.

This October 31 to November 16, journey with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute, to the Himalayan Institute’s flagship community center in Kumbo, Cameroon. This is your opportunity to witness a variety of rural empowerment projects in action and see just how the Himalayan Institute—and you—are helping Africa move forward.

Connect with fellow conference participants from around the world and immerse yourself in the full community center experience—volunteer opportunities will allow you to work hand in hand with our local team and beneficiaries on Energy Farming projects, the Total Health Centers, School of Carpentry and Construction, Sacred Link Jewelry, Kumbo Public Library and other projects that are improving the quality of life in Cameroon.

Throughout your stay in Kumbo, Pandit Tigunait will conduct a seminar on Spirituality in Action, sharing how we can bridge personal and social transformation in our own lives and across the globe. The conference will enable you to weave together a first-hand glimpse of life in rural Cameroon, an understanding of the kind of cross-cultural solutions that give local people what they need to change their own lives, and the inner experience that is the sacred link throughout humanity.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait addresses the crowd at a public event during the 2008 HAMF Conference.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait addresses the crowd at a public event during the 2008 excursion.

Participants in the 2008 Help Africa Move Forward Conference returned transformed and inspired by their experience. The images below provide only a small picture of the rich, joyful experience of the conference.

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2008 HAMF Conference members greeting the Fon, the local ruler.

Conference members greeting the Fon, the local ruler.

During a special public event, the Himalayan Institute presented a local NGO, the Milano Kumbo Sports Academy, with a new collection of exercise machines, balls and sports equipment, and uniforms. Milano Kumbo was founded by a resident of Kumbo to provide youth with a healthy alternative to violence and crime.

During a special public event, the Himalayan Institute presented a local NGO, the Milano Kumbo Sports Academy, with a new collection of exercise machines, balls and sports equipment, and uniforms. Milano Kumbo was founded by a resident of Kumbo to provide youth with a healthy alternative to violence and crime.

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Members of the 2008 HAMF Conference during a tree planting project with the School of Energy Farming.

A tree planting project with the School of Energy Farming.

On this year’s excursion Pandit Rajmani Tigunait will share how to empower yourself to use this eco-service experience as a catalyst in your journey of self-transformation, and how you can inspire others. Other highlights include:

  • Volunteer opportunities in our humanitarian projects throughout the region.
  • Official inauguration of the Kumbo Public Library, which is the largest public library in the entire North West Region of Cameroon.
  • Public opening of two newly constructed wells, which will provide water for irrigation and public use.
  • A visit with the Fon in his palace.
  • Exploration of Korup National Park—one of Africa’s oldest and richest rainforests.
  • A chance to stay and relax on a the volcanic black sand beach in Limbe.
  • Much more! View the Full Itinerary

Also enjoy local sites and experiences, like a visit to the bustling market in Mbveh, a “football” game in the local stadium, and a sampling of the local treats fufu corn and njama-njama. Share a hatha yoga class with local youth and sip chai on the community center balcony, while unwinding with fellow conference participants.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information:

We hope to see you in Kumbo!

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