Raising Awareness in Buffalo

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Last month, members of the HI Humanitarian team were honored to be invited to attend two major community events in Buffalo, NY to raise awareness about our rural development projects around the world.

The Himalayan Institute was represented at a booth at the 3rd annual Women’s Conference hosted by Buffalo For Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about human rights and poverty concerns in Africa. Keynote speaker Mariatu Kamara, a survivor of the war in Sierra Leone, shared her story and break-out sessions focused on women’s empowerment practices. HI was on hand to tell people about the work we do in Cameroon, particularly the Sacred Link Jewelry program which empowers women through micro-enterprise.

After packing up the booth at Buffalo For Africa, the team headed to a second event, Trimania, a multi-floor celebration of art, music and culture held every 3 years. 3,500 people were expected to attend this year. Joanna Angie, executive director of the Buffalo Arts Studio and cofounder of Trimania, invited HI to be present at the event in order to spread the word about our work in Cameroon, India and Mexico, which the Buffalo Arts Studio helps to sponsor.

Videos introducing viewers to HI's rural empowerment programs played throughout the night.

Help Africa Move Forward merchandise and artisan crafts from Cameroon were popular with the art lovers attending Trimania. All sales return directly to the projects in Cameroon.

Two women admire the handiwork of Sacred Link Jewelry technicians.

In addition to merchandise sales and donations collected at the HI booth, proceeds from bottled water sales during the evening will come to the Himalayan Institute to support construction of more wells and to plant trees! Support generated at Trimania 2008 enabled HI Cameroon to install two wells in the community which are now active and making an impact in rural Cameroon!

What is a clean glass of water worth to you?

It was a long day, but well worth it to have formed meaningful connections, raised funds which will go directly to plant trees in the Tibetan settlements and to build more wells in Cameroon and Mexico, and to have met new friends that are also dedicated to improving the lives of people all over the world!

Humanitarian projects team members striking a pose before Trimania begins: Chelsea Abella, Jeff Abella, John Daskovsky, and Amanda Masters.

Special thanks to the Buffalo Arts Studio for their continued support of the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects and for their dedication to the arts and education in their own local community!


“Think globally, act locally.” We would love to assist you in fundraising or awareness events that you would like to host for these projects. From tea parties to book clubs to performances, the possibilities are endless. The Trees For Tibet campaign, in particular, is completely driven by on-the-ground efforts like these. Be a part of the solution! Contact our humanitarian projects team at 570-647-1527 or email us at info@himalayaninstitute.org.

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