Yearly Archives: 2011

Breaking Ground in Khajuraho

Work has officially begun at the newest Himalayan Institute location in Khajuraho, located in north central India. Himalayan Institute Khajuraho will be inaugurated as a meditative retreat center and educational facility during the pilgrimage to the Kumbha Mela in 2013. The 30-acre campus is located only seven miles from the main temple complex, which is a World [...]

April 19th, 2011|India|

Raising Awareness in Buffalo

Last month, members of the Himalayan Institute 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 nonprofit [...]

April 4th, 2011|Cameroon|

Training the Trainers at HI Mexico

At the beginning of March, HI Mexico hosted a special three-day workshop to train another local non-profit organization in organic growing methods. The local branch of Fondo para Niños de México, which is the Mexican arm of ChildFund International, found out about HI Mexico’s work with sustainable agriculture in the Sierra Norte via the new [...]

March 21st, 2011|Energy Farming, Mexico|

Water Wells for Health and Irrigation

With generous support from the Buffalo Arts Studio, Himalayan Institute Cameroon was able to complete its first community water project: the installation of two public wells in the villages of Kishong and Jakiri. Using completely local talent and resources, from rural engineer to construction workers, these two wells were completed in 2010 and are fully operational [...]

March 15th, 2011|Cameroon|

Turning Inspiration Into Action

After visiting the Kumbo Public Library in Cameroon last November with her family during the 2010 Eco-Service Excursion, 14-year old Claudia Bacon returned home inspired to also make a difference. Reflecting on her experiences in Cameroon, she wrote, “I was first inspired by the library because it was one of the only public libraries in [...]

March 7th, 2011|Cameroon, Excursions, Library and Education|

The Sweetness of Honey

Himalayan Institute Cameroon's School of Energy Farming promotes sustainable agriculture methods that support farmers in becoming self-reliant and more productive. Beekeeping is an agricultural technique with numerous benefits: the bees pollinate the crops, which improves the harvest, and the honey they produce is valuable both as food and as medicine. In addition to being a healthy [...]

March 2nd, 2011|Cameroon|

Libraries Serving Libraries

When the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale, PA needed to clear out some extra books from its shelves, the librarians immediately thought of the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects. A team of participants in the Self Transformation Program volunteered their time to box up the collection of books and transport them to HI headquarters. Thanks to [...]

February 28th, 2011|Cameroon, Fundraising and Activism, Library and Education|

Making Doje

To promote our Trees for Tibet campaign, we created a short stop-motion animation about a Tibetan farmer named Doje. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of that video: If you never got a chance to "Meet Doje," check out the video here: Making a difference is easy. Start by [...]

February 21st, 2011|Tibetan Settlements|

Eco-Service Excursion to Cameroon

In November 2010, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait led a group of 25 participants on a journey through Cameroon, West Africa to the Himalayan Institute’s community center in Kumbo. From the moment participants hit the road in a bus to travel from Douala to Kumbo, they were immersed in a truly authentic Cameroonian experience: Like so many [...]

February 7th, 2011|Cameroon, Excursions|

A Swingin’ Good Time in Kishong, Cameroon

Besides working hard on environmental initiatives, microbusinesses, and health and educational projects, Himalayan Institute Cameroon is also in the business of having fun! The energy farming land in Kishong Village is located at the end of a residential street. The village is filled with young children who can be found helping around their homes, tending [...]

January 10th, 2011|Cameroon|