human interest stories

Kim Krans and The Wild Unknown

Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown recently visited our project in Cameroon. Check out the video of their journey to catch a glimpse of what they saw. Our Appreciation Towards Kim We would like to extend our appreciation to Kim Krans and The Wild Unknown! Kim is an artist, musician, and aspiring yogi who has not let [...]

December 14th, 2015|Cameroon|

Our Humanitarian Footprint Series: Meet Mo

Our work at the School for Carpentry and Construction in Kumbo, Cameroon allows us to cross paths with some very interesting, aspiring woodworkers - Mo (short for Mohamed) is one of them. Mohamed was attending a local technical school, well on his way to learning how to design furniture when tragedy struck: the school had [...]

May 25th, 2014|Cameroon|

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|

A Modern Take on Traditional Medicinal Oil

The "Oil Boil" One afternoon, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait demonstrated this traditional method of making medicinal oil at the Himalayan Institute campus in Khajuraho, India. The Best Location The best location to dig a fire pit is under the edge of a large shade tree canopy—shaded from the sun but not too close to the tree [...]

February 26th, 2014|India|

Our Humanitarian Footprint: Meet Assan

Assan decided to generate electricity for a town called Dumbo, a town without power in the Bui region of Cameroon. He envisioned a way of using the high-pressure flow of water coming downhill through pipes from a spring catchment to power a mini-turbine generator. He had his work cut out for him as he had [...]

February 20th, 2014|Cameroon|

Staff Spotlight: Steve Odnoha

After working at the Himalayan Institute's newest campus in Khajuraho, India, for nearly six months, Steve Odnoha is back at the Humanitarian Projects headquarters in Honesdale, PA. Welcome back, Steve! What does Steve do?  Well, technically speaking, Steve is the technical projects manager for the Himalayan Institute's Humanitarian Projects. Steve's job is to determine what [...]

May 21st, 2013|Residential|

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|

Protecting their community center: Spotlight of Bali and Francis

Bali Tobias works as a driver and night watchman for Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC). Behind the wheel, he has braved the height of the rainy season and some of rural Africa's most treacherous roads in order to bring the Total Health Mobile Unit to villages as far north as the Adamawa Region, some nine hours away. Back at [...]

March 15th, 2012|Cameroon|

Himalayan Institute Mexico Spotlight: Ariszandy Calderon Diaz

Ariszandy Calderon Diaz, known to friends as "Sandy," is Himalayan Institute Mexico’s Energy Farming program leader and is the face of Himalayan Institute Mexico (HIM) for the people of the Sierra Norte. Sandy is in charge of community outreach and conducts workshops and training programs in sustainable agriculture practices for local farmers. A native of [...]

September 8th, 2011|Mexico|

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|