Yearly Archives: 2011

In Memoriam: Roland Mbenkum, Dear Friend of HI Cameroon

It was mid-July 2007 and a small team of Himalayan Institute staff members had been sent to execute a new humanitarian project in the mountainous Northwest region of Cameroon. The first few months were challenging, yet very focused on gaining a foothold in this extraordinary new environment—Kumbo. On this particular day in July the house [...]

August 22nd, 2011|Cameroon, Fundraising and Activism|

Inauguration of Takui Water Catchment

The Takui spring water catchment system, a project that was only started a couple months ago, is now open and bringing fresh, clean water to the people of the village! This project is very exciting, not only for the difference that it will make in the quality of life for local residents, but because of [...]

August 3rd, 2011|Cameroon|

HI Mexico Spotlight: Geovanni Beristain

The Himalayan Institute Mexico is what it is today in large part due to the leadership and passion of General Manager Geovanni Beristain. Geovanni joined the HI Mexico staff in January of 2010, so has been involved with the development of the organization from its initial establishment. He says, “The main thing that attracted me [...]

July 21st, 2011|Energy Farming, Mexico|

Meet the HI India Outreach Office

While the spiritual home of Himalayan Institute India is in Allahabad and a new meditation center is under construction in Khajuraho, the business and outreach efforts of HI India are located in Noida. To better serve all of India, the administrative offices were recently relocated from Hyderabad to Noida, a town 30 minutes outside of [...]

July 8th, 2011|India|

Eco-Service Excursion to Mexico a Success

Yoga in Action is the mission of the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects and taking action is exactly what this group of 22 is all about! On June 10, the Eco-Service Excursion to Mexico, led by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, commenced as guests arrived in Puebla. The following morning, the group enjoyed exploring the historic city of [...]

June 30th, 2011|Mexico|

Planting the Honesdale Demonstration Garden

The Humanitarian Demonstration Garden, also known as the Herb Garden, is back in full swing. A brief tour in the fall introduced the garden in its resting state. Now the garden is awake and abuzz with activity! From the moment the spring rains ended, the garden staff have been hard at work cleaning up winter [...]

June 24th, 2011|Residential|

Clean Water for Takui, Cameroon

As part of its ongoing work to support the health of the region, Himalayan Institute Cameroon in partnership with Honesdale Rotary has started construction on a water catchment system in the village of Takui in Northwest Cameroon. The installation will harvest water that flows from a local spring and channel it into an easily accessible [...]

June 6th, 2011|Cameroon|

Measuring the Impact of a Library

The full impact of the Kumbo Public Library is hard to convey. The fact that approximately 100 people, and oftentimes more, visit each day may serve to paint a small picture of how well loved and used this community resource is. That teachers from area schools and vocational training centers bring classes to the library [...]

May 16th, 2011|Cameroon|

Spring Cleaning

Spring marks the time of year when we set aside a moment for cleaning our homes, improving our surroundings, and renewing our environments. Last Saturday, a team of Himalayan Institute residents did their part during the annual adopt-a-highway clean up along a 2-mile stretch of highway outside of HI headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. From these [...]

May 9th, 2011|Fundraising and Activism|

Agriculture seminar in Kishong

On April 26 Lilian Gupie, Energy Farming Program Leader, taught a free 3-hour long seminar at the Energy Farming campus in Kishong village. 39 people attended, including students and local farmers. The seminar, titled “An Introduction to Organic Agriculture,” sought to raise awareness about the fundamental concepts in organic agriculture and to demonstrate its relevance [...]

May 2nd, 2011|Cameroon, Energy Farming|