In honor of International Women’s Day, we celebrate all of the women who support our humanitarian programs. We take this opportunity to introduce you to one of the amazing women on-site at Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC). Clara Ezia is the deputy general manager for HIC. She helps to oversee the daily operations of the Community Center and handles the financial transactions and accounts.
Clara was born on the high plateau of Cameroon’s Oku volcanic plain. Her village is one of many isolated hamlets that become almost unreachable in the rainy season. She is the youngest of six children. While her mother was still pregnant, Clara’s father became sick and passed away, leaving the family with only the income of her mother’s small farm plot. One of Clara’s older sisters became a hairdresser and was able to make enough money to sponsor Clara through high school. Clara went on to study accounting at a professional school in Yaoundé and then landed a job with a money exchange company that eventually sent her to Kumbo to help open a new branch. In 2010, when she heard that there was an opening at the Himalayan Institute, she was curious and applied for the job. “I saw that in the near future, if it was supported by the local society, the Institute would really grow.”
Clara says she enjoys her colleagues and the work environment at HIC and acknowledges that it opens her mind, introducing her to jewelry making and homeopathy and even calls her to improve her professional skills. Clara sings in a choir, enjoys watching movies and spending time with family and friends, and looks forward to the time when she can travel.
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