Yearly Archives: 2011

Khajuraho Phase Two

Happy Holidays to Ishan and the HI India team who are leading the construction in Khajuraho. Enjoy this update just in... "On Friday, 16th December, 9:45am we officially broke ground on the Main Building at HI Khajuraho! We had a small ceremonial groundbreaking, breaking of a coconut on the foundation level, and the ceremonial first [...]

December 25th, 2011|India|

HI Mexico Targeting Food Security for Local Families

After undergoing specialized training, Energy Farming program leader Ariszandy Calderon is launching a new Food Security program, which HI Mexico is very excited about. The program is designed for families interested in participating in capacity building workshops to create their own kitchen gardens. It will provide training and support, over an extended period of time, [...]

December 5th, 2011|Energy Farming, Mexico|

HI Cameroon Attracts Visitors from Afar

HI Cameroon continues to be an education hub for the whole region with its many offerings, including the renowned School of Carpentry & Construction and the largest library in the region.  As it grows, information about these successful programs has been spreading throughout the country. Two students from the Government Training Center of Buea, a [...]

Listen Here to Geovanni’s Radio Interview

HI Mexico was honored to be featured on a popular public radio program in Puebla called "Puebla My People." This show is a socially oriented program that recognizes local citizens working to empower their own people and "give voice to those who are normally silent." When a friend suggested featuring HI Mexico General Manager Geovanni [...]

November 7th, 2011|Mexico|

Bhoomi Puja, Groundbreaking Ceremony, at HI Khajuraho

We had a wonderful bhoomi puja (groundbreaking ceremony) on October 6 at the Himalayan Institute Khajuraho campus in India. Construction began in April 2012. Progress on the site continues to move along well, as we approach completion of the first construction phase in the next month. The main gate, guard rooms, staff quarters, electrical and utility [...]

October 27th, 2011|India|

Sustainability Initiatives in Honesdale

On May 6, 2011, staff and residents at the Himalayan Institute headquarters in Honesdale, PA, participated in a day-long workshop focused on improving sustainability on campus. Since then, a lot has been accomplished at the Honesdale campus. Here’s a rundown on all that has been achieved in the last six months: The solar-thermal hot water [...]

October 25th, 2011|Residential|

Three Sisters

A new feature in this year’s Humanitarian Demonstration Garden at Himalayan Institute headquarters in Honesdale, PA was the arrangement of the crops into country zones, designed to model crops and techniques  being employed at the community centers around the world. The “Mexico” plot featured an excellent demonstration of an intercropping system called the Three Sisters. [...]

October 17th, 2011|Energy Farming, Mexico|

Kumbo Arts Exhibition

Kumbo, the home of the HI Cameroon community center, recently hosted a regional arts fair featuring the work of many artists intimately connected with the Himalayan Institute's humanitarian projects.  The event was a perfect opportunity for craftspeople working with HI Cameroon’s School of Carpentry and Construction and students of our Sacred Link Jewelry program to [...]

Outgrowing Arrangement Helps HI Cameroon Expand

A major part of increasing organizational sustainability at HI Cameroon is developing the means to completely produce the Total Health product line in-house, from growing the herbs, to processing them into medicine, to distributing them to customers through the Total Health Center and Mobile Clinic. Local production is significant because it means that the center [...]

October 4th, 2011|Cameroon, Energy Farming, Total Health Center|

Himalayan Institute Mexico Spotlight: Ariszandy Calderon Diaz

Ariszandy Calderon Diaz, known to friends as "Sandy," is Himalayan Institute Mexico’s Energy Farming program leader and is the face of Himalayan Institute Mexico (HIM) for the people of the Sierra Norte. Sandy is in charge of community outreach and conducts workshops and training programs in sustainable agriculture practices for local farmers. A native of [...]

September 8th, 2011|Mexico|