human interest stories

HIC Spotlight: Divine Ntani

Divine Ntani is one of the key people who make Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) run. Since 2006, Divine has been a core staff member, working as a training coordinator and program manager, and currently serving as the public relations director and marketing manager. For many community members in Kumbo and the outlying villages, Divine is [...]

December 28th, 2010|Cameroon|

HIC Spotlight: Shey Chemson Senyuy Joseph

Shey Chemson is the president of Himalayan Institute Cameroon. Chemson was introduced to the Himalayan Institute during Pandit Tigunait’s first trip to Cameroon in 2006, and, since then, he’s worked hard to bring the Institute’s vision of rural empowerment to his community. He has a background in youth counseling, has worked in the financial sector, [...]

December 29th, 2009|Cameroon|

HIC Spotlight: Eric Wirba

Eric Wirba is the operations coordinator at Himalayan Institute Cameroon. In this role he oversees the day-to-day operations of the center, which include housekeeping, gardening, vehicle maintenance, security, and bookkeeping. Most recently, Eric has begun to work with the Total Health Mobile Unit, a traveling health clinic that serves many small villages in the area. [...]

August 24th, 2009|Cameroon|

HIC Spotlight: Bannyuy Justine

Bannyuy Justine is the General Manager and Financial Controller of the Himalayan Institute Cameroon. Bannyuy has been involved with the HIC since its first visit to Kumbo, at which time he was working as manager of the Nso Area Cooperative, the nextdoor neighbor to the HIC. Upon hearing about the Himalayan Institute’s plans for Kumbo, [...]

August 10th, 2009|Cameroon|

HIC Spotlight: Marten Nyar

Marten Nyar first came to the Himalayan Institute Cameroon in the summer of 2007. Since then he has worked steadily to identify and address the challenges that the community faces in the area of construction. Marten is uniquely qualified for this job having 20 years experience in construction trades and 12 years experience making handcrafted [...]

June 11th, 2009|Cameroon, School of Carpentry & Construction|

HIC Spotlight: Anita Mongshi

Anita Mongshi, like many members of the Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) staff, has benefited greatly from the vocational training opportunities granted by HIC. A successful graduate of both the Sacred Link Jewelry and Total Health internship programs, she uses her skills to provide for and to treat the health problems of her three children. Anita [...]

January 29th, 2009|Cameroon|

HIC Spotlight: Napoleon Kome

Napoleon Kome works as a groundskeeper at the Himalayan Institute Cameroon. He holds the distinction of being one of HIC’s first contacts in Cameroon. Napoleon grew up in Kiyan, a small village just outside of Kumbo. During his high school years, he opened a modest import business with the money he’d saved from working odd [...]

November 24th, 2008|Cameroon, Energy Farming|

HIC Spotlight: George Kpuli

George Kpuli works as a security guard at Himalayan Institute Cameroons’s main campus. Off the job, he’s also a woodcarver, craftsman, and practicing herbalist. Having spent his childhood in Kumbo in the years before Cameroon gained its independence, George is an important link with tradition. He is a titleholder (Shey) and an active participant in ngwerong, [...]

October 22nd, 2008|Cameroon|

HIC Spotlight: Sylvia Sewong

Sylvia Sewong is employed as the prep cook at the HIC. She’s twenty-five years old, unmarried, and the daughter of a minister. When I first met Sylvia, she introduced herself as “the world famous dancer.” Sylvia grew up with her four siblings in Kumbo’s Squares district. In 1999, partway through her education, Sylvia’s father fell [...]

September 18th, 2008|Cameroon|

Seeking a Runaway Success

They traveled more than 5,700 miles to run just over 26. But for Januarius Bongkiyung, 35, Immaculate Wirngo, 23, Eric Mangeh Mbacah, 24, and Justilin Foimi, 23, crossing the finish line at the 112th Boston Marathon on Monday will be more than just an athletic feat—they will be the first runners from Kumbo, Cameroon, to [...]

April 18th, 2008|Cameroon|