Yearly Archives: 2009

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

This past week, the Himalayan Institute Cameroon teamed up with Knowledge For Children to bring books to a rural school. Knowledge For Children (KFC) is a Kumbo-based NGO currently working with 35 rural schools in Bui Division to increase access to reading materials and textbooks. When KFC invited the HIC to collaborate, the HIC eagerly [...]

March 5th, 2009|Cameroon, Fundraising and Activism|

School of Carpentry & Construction Public Demonstration

On Saturday, Himalayan Institute Cameroon's School of Carpentry & Construction opened its doors to local crafstmen, apprentices, and high school students for a free public workshop: "Advanced Wood Finishing Techniques." Professional woodworker Marten Nyar headlined the event. For his first demonstration, Marten piled finished eucalyptus boards onto the table. Each had been divided into six surfaces, [...]

February 27th, 2009|Cameroon|

Teaching Job Creation

The Himalayan Institute’s Shey Wongibe has been teaching students at Kumbo’s Government Technical High School (GTHS) the theory and technique behind Sacred Link Jewelry. The goal is simple: teach interested students the skills needed to design and produce jewelry, so that they can create micro-enterprises for themselves. In its first week, the course attracted over [...]

February 23rd, 2009|Cameroon, Sacred Link Jewelry|

A Coalition of NGOs

In Cameroon, government funding is in short supply, so it is up to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to bring health, education, and other important services to communities in need. Some of these NGOs are international organizations, bringing staff in from the US, Canada, Holland, Nepal, etc. But most have been started by Cameroonians to address the [...]

February 18th, 2009|Cameroon|

Irrigation in Kishong

The site for Himalayan Institute Cameroon's (HIC) Energy Farming project in Kishong is beautiful: a large hill leads down to a stream, which runs along the base of the land. The dry season leaves this area without water for six months at a time, so without irrigation the growing season is limited to only half [...]

February 12th, 2009|Cameroon|

Mbveh Center Grand Opening

After a week of renovation, the Himalayan Institute Cameroon opened its first branch center in Mbveh, revealing a freshly painted building stocked with herbal medicine, homeopathy, Neti Wash Neti Pots, Sacred Link Jewelry, and Humanitarian trAID products. The Grand Opening fell on Kaavi, which is LamNso for ‘market-day’. As on all Kaavis, the market was [...]

February 9th, 2009|Total Health Center|

Sandra Anderson’s weblog: “Adventures in Yoga”

Please take a moment to discover Sandra Anderson’s weblog “Re-Enchanting the World: Adventures in Yoga” today. You’ll find food for thought, inspiration (hopefully), stories from pilgrimages to India, and ruminations on various topics related to yoga practice, including the interesting tendency of science to validate what the yogis have said for thousands of years, and [...]

February 7th, 2009|India|

Expansion in Mbveh

Mbveh District of Kumbo, lying in the heart of Northwest Cameroon’s grasslands, boasts a strangely cosmopolitan atmosphere. Throughout the market square, rows of Nigerian-owned sheds tout merchandise covered in Chinese script. Whenever the wind blows, flyers from European missionaries flap against bulletins and speakers crackle with scraps of American hip-hop. Every eighth day, Mbveh’s produce [...]

January 30th, 2009|Cameroon|

HIC Spotlight: Anita Mongshi

Anita Mongshi, like many members of the Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) staff, has benefited greatly from the vocational training opportunities granted by HIC. A successful graduate of both the Sacred Link Jewelry and Total Health internship programs, she uses her skills to provide for and to treat the health problems of her three children. Anita [...]

January 29th, 2009|Cameroon|

Kumbo’s Barack Obama Fan Club

January 20, 2009 was a momentous day in the history of the United States. Barack Obama’s inauguration was televised and celebrated around the world, and Kumbo, Cameroon was no exception. The Kumbo Barack Obama Fan Club prepared for weeks for the event. The club, complete with president, secretary, and board, was founded as a nonprofit [...]

January 22nd, 2009|Cameroon|