female empowerment

Our Humanitarian Footprint Series: Meet Rosine

Rosine Makanaky is a woman with an extraordinary vision and an equally powerful determination. Rosine’s comprehensive, personal approach to caring for disabled children stems from her experiences and education; what makes her extraordinary is her willingness to return to this area to bring about social change and empowerment where it is needed the most. We [...]

April 3rd, 2014|Cameroon|

Humanitarian Footprint: Meet Uma

Uma grew up in the Northwest region of Cameroon, an English-speaking region in the predominately French country. Uma has never traveled out of this region and has a younger brother and sister which she looks after. Her parents are illiterate, her mother is a tailor and her father trades used automotive parts near a local [...]

November 18th, 2013|Cameroon, Footprint Series|

Meet Clara from Himalayan Institute Cameroon

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 [...]

March 8th, 2013|Cameroon|

Empowering Rural Women

Today is International Women’s Day, a time when NGO’s and international humanitarian organizations such as ours in Cameroon, come together to see what more can be done to help raise women’s’ equality. A woman that is educated and empowered will have more chances to improve her society because it is the women that often teach the [...]

March 8th, 2012|Cameroon, Sacred Link Jewelry|

Kumbo Arts Exhibition

Kumbo, the home of the HI Cameroon community center, recently hosted a regional arts fair featuring the work of many artists intimately connected with the Himalayan Institute's humanitarian projects.  The event was a perfect opportunity for craftspeople working with HI Cameroon’s School of Carpentry and Construction and students of our Sacred Link Jewelry program to [...]

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|

Teaching Job Creation

The Himalayan Institute’s Shey Wongibe has been teaching students at Kumbo’s Government Technical High School (GTHS) the theory and technique behind Sacred Link Jewelry. The goal is simple: teach interested students the skills needed to design and produce jewelry, so that they can create micro-enterprises for themselves. In its first week, the course attracted over [...]

February 23rd, 2009|Cameroon, Sacred Link Jewelry|

World Rural Women’s Day

October 15, 2008, marked the first International Day of Rural Women, an event geared towards celebrating and honoring the contribution of rural women to their communities. In Kumbo, the day is celebrated with a conference of women’s groups from surrounding villages. It gives the women a chance to meet and to share ideas on agriculture and microenterprise. This year, [...]

November 3rd, 2008|Cameroon|

Sacred Link Jewelry Teaches 18 More Students

Within the last month, the main hall at Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) has served as a classroom, a yoga studio, a lecture hall, and a community meeting place. On Saturday October 4, the Sacred Link Jewelry program added to the list by holding a public jewelry-making workshop. Eighteen attendees were taught how to design jewelry [...]

October 22nd, 2008|Cameroon|