Monthly Archives: June 2008

HI Community Center Update

Landscaping The Energy Farming team visited our land at Kishong village on Monday to further survey and demarcate the first structures of the future campus. They took soil samples for nutrient and chemical testing. Once the plots are properly fenced, about 600 pongamia and 15,000 jatropha trees will be planted, both proven sources for sustainable [...]

June 28th, 2008|Cameroon|

Out of the Classroom and Into the World

This past week has been one of transitions. After many months of intensive training and working side-by-side, it’s now time for the U.S. and Indian HI management and staff to step back. Those previously involved in the day-to-day administration and residential matters will now act as consultants, and the HI Cameroon staff will take the [...]

June 21st, 2008|Cameroon|

Update from Kumbo, Cameroon

This past week proved equally busy and auspicious for the staff and members of HIC. Four major events showcasing the diversity and depth of the Institute’s humanitarian and rural empowerment programs were held in and around Kumbo in Bui Division. Celebration On Saturday, the Himalayan Institute Cameroon held a public celebration in the nearby sports [...]

June 19th, 2008|Cameroon|

It’s Africa Speaking

I looked at the faces of the global VIPs visiting Himalayan Institute Cameroon as the 14 students of the Total Health Center Program introduced themselves. I saw that my eyes were not the only ones filled with mist—at that moment, I knew that this was Africa speaking. Here is some of what we heard: “You told me [...]

June 16th, 2008|Cameroon|

Humanitarian trAID

Today, the Humanitarian trAID Bazaar hosted the premiere showing of traditional art and handicrafts found in the Nso Kingdom and the Northwest Province of Cameroon. Humanitarian trAID’s goal is to promote indigenous arts, preserve tradition, and build cultural and economic sustainability. Carvings of traditional warriors in mahogany and eucalyptus, handbags, and home décor from locally [...]

June 16th, 2008|Cameroon|

Arrival of Supplies in Kumbo

The first container of 2008 arrived in Cameroon on May 29, 2008. Carrying 30,000 books, carpentry equipment, dispensary supplies, and other tools and equipment, the container arrived in the port of Douala after a 2 month journey which began in the U.S. from Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The 40-foot shipping container traveled 10 hours north to the [...]

June 10th, 2008|Cameroon|

China Sourcing

Matthew Douzart, managing director of Himalayan Institute Cameroon, traveled halfway around the world, from Honesdale, Pennsylvania, to Guangzhou, China, for a 10-day shopping spree. Helping to equip the Himalayan Institute Community Center in Cameroon for its 2008 project expansion, the shopping list focused heavily on carpentry and agricultural tools and equipment, critically needed for the School [...]

June 10th, 2008|Cameroon|

First Impressions of Kumbo

[This post was written by Rylan, a new volunteer at the Himalayan Institute Community Center in Cameroon.] The region is so hilly that it’s nearly impossible to take in all of Kumbo at once, but from the top of one of many rolling hills, you can get an impression. The city manifests itself as clusters [...]

June 7th, 2008|Cameroon|

Himalayan Institute Community Center Update #2

The Himalayan Institute Community Center has made a great impact on the local community of Kumbo. In front is the buckaroo (pronounced "boo-ka-roo"), or thatched hut, that was gifted by the local king. The main building, which towers over the community, and the landscape are immaculate, with a decorative gate, driveway, and fence. Purple flowers [...]

June 3rd, 2008|Cameroon|

Himalayan Institute Community Center Update

Cameroon is nothing like you can imagine. If you have ever asked the question “Why Cameroon?” when you hear about the Himalayan Institute Community Center (HICC), the answer lies just as you step off the plane. Vegetation is lush and green in all directions. Off in the distance on the hillsides you can see farmers [...]

June 2nd, 2008|Cameroon|