community development

Solar Wood Drying Kiln

Himalayan Institute Cameroon’s School of Carpentry & Construction has finished building a new wood drying kiln. A wood kiln is an enclosed structure where heat and moisture are controlled in order to dry wood as fast as possible with the least amount of drying defects, such as warping and cracking. This is the first wood [...]

December 8th, 2010|Cameroon|

Kumbo Public Library

Thanks to word-of-mouth advertising by a group of avid readers, the Kumbo Public Library has become a cultural focus of the surrounding community, especially among school-age children. Given its location, it was only a matter of time before secondary school students started taking advantage of the library. Each day, hundreds of students walk past the [...]

July 19th, 2010|Cameroon|

School of Carpentry & Construction Builds a Name for Itself

It’s been 10 months since the Himalayan Institute Cameroon School of Carpentry & Construction opened its doors in Kumbo, and since then it has created many opportunities for the community. Each project that the school undertakes is designed to target local needs in the community and is proving to benefit the carpentry industry in Northwest [...]

February 22nd, 2010|Cameroon|

Community Radio in Kumbo

Up until 5 months ago, Kumbo had suffered from severe communication isolation—a city of 100,000 with no local TV or radio station. The Kumbo Development Organization in collaboration with the BBC has started a community radio station called Bui FM, and in only 5 months it’s clear that community radio is doing its part to [...]

November 9th, 2009|Cameroon, Fundraising and Activism|

Internal Growth To Support Community Development

On Monday August 29th, the Himalayan Institute Cameroon held the first of a series of meetings and events that will result in an organizational overhaul of its community center operations. The goal of this reorganization is to make the center more efficient and more effective at delivering its programs to the community. By looking at [...]

September 14th, 2009|Cameroon|

A Well and Irrigation for Kishong

One of the most exciting projects that the Himalayan Institute Cameroon's (HIC) School of Energy Farming is currently working on is the installation of a water system on HIC land in Kishong Village. Most of the roughly 35,000 residents of Kishong have access to municipal water in their homes or from a small number of [...]

July 7th, 2009|Cameroon|

New Carpentry Tools for Kumbo

The Himalayan Institute’s School of Carpentry & Construction is busy preparing for its first 10-week course on advanced woodworking techniques. Electricians and mechanics have been working at a furious pace to get all of the tools installed and tuned up before class begins on June 1. The upcoming 10-week course will train students how to [...]

June 1st, 2009|Cameroon|

Labor Day Parade

May 1, 2009 was Cameroon’s national Labor Day. For the Himalayan Institute Cameroon it was a day of celebration and pride. Each year, Labor Day in Kumbo is marked by a grand parade at the stadium to honor all vocations, businesses, and organizations in the area. The HIC staff assembled on the stadium field to [...]

Energy Farming Expo

The arrival of three new tractors was a cause for celebration at Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) and will be a great help for local farmers in Cameroon’s Bui Division. The modern equipment will be available to farmers through a service rental program, which will allow them to till, plow, and irrigate their fields. During a [...]

May 1st, 2009|Cameroon|

Arrival of Supplies and New Services

Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) celebrated the arrival of a 20-foot shipping container from Guangzhou, China, bearing tools and equipment for the development of HIC programs, particularly for the School of Energy Farming and the School of Carpentry & Construction (C & C). With the arrival of the container’s contents, newly planned community services and educational training [...]

April 20th, 2009|Cameroon|