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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|

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|

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|

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|

Kumbo Kids Korner

In a community where books are scarce and children are starving for knowledge, Himalayan Institute Cameroon Public Library hosts an afterschool Kids Korner. Every Monday and Thursday, kids come together to participate in reading lessons, group storytelling, writing lessons, creative thinking exercises, games, and of course…tons of fun. Yesterday’s class included program leader Ntani Divine and [...]

May 28th, 2010|Cameroon|

Kumbo Public Library Tests Its Operations

Last week marked an important milestone for the Kumbo Public Library, a joint effort of the Himalayan Institute and the Honesdale Rotary Club, which has been in progress for over two years.  The doors were opened to a select group of local Kumbo residents and HIC staff families in order to test operations before a [...]

March 8th, 2010|Cameroon, Library and Education|

Promoting Literacy

Education is a primary focus of the Himalayan Institute's humanitarian efforts. At the Himalayan Institute Cameroon work is being done to support local schools and promote literacy. In late February, the HIC teamed up with a local NGO, Knowledge For Children, to bring children's books to a rural school. More recently, HIC staff members have [...]

July 20th, 2009|Cameroon, Library and Education|

Preparing for the Baccalaureate

In Cameroon, passing the Baccalaureate Exam is the equivalent of earning a high school diploma in the US. Passing the exam is a ticket to better jobs and a chance to attend a university. Passing the Baccalaureate is not easy. The exam tests general education as well as the specific areas in which the students [...]

March 21st, 2009|Cameroon|

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

This past week, the Himalayan Institute Cameroon teamed up with Knowledge For Children to bring books to a rural school. Knowledge For Children (KFC) is a Kumbo-based NGO currently working with 35 rural schools in Bui Division to increase access to reading materials and textbooks. When KFC invited the HIC to collaborate, the HIC eagerly [...]

March 5th, 2009|Cameroon, Fundraising and Activism|