humanitarian projects

Outgrowing Arrangement Helps HI Cameroon Expand

A major part of increasing organizational sustainability at HI Cameroon is developing the means to completely produce the Total Health product line in-house, from growing the herbs, to processing them into medicine, to distributing them to customers through the Total Health Center and Mobile Clinic. Local production is significant because it means that the center [...]

October 4th, 2011|Cameroon, Energy Farming, Total Health Center|

In Memoriam: Roland Mbenkum, Dear Friend of HI Cameroon

It was mid-July 2007 and a small team of Himalayan Institute staff members had been sent to execute a new humanitarian project in the mountainous Northwest region of Cameroon. The first few months were challenging, yet very focused on gaining a foothold in this extraordinary new environment—Kumbo. On this particular day in July the house [...]

August 22nd, 2011|Cameroon, Fundraising and Activism|

Inauguration of Takui Water Catchment

The Takui spring water catchment system, a project that was only started a couple months ago, is now open and bringing fresh, clean water to the people of the village! This project is very exciting, not only for the difference that it will make in the quality of life for local residents, but because of [...]

August 3rd, 2011|Cameroon|

Eco-Service Excursion to Mexico a Success

Yoga in Action is the mission of the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects and taking action is exactly what this group of 22 is all about! On June 10, the Eco-Service Excursion to Mexico, led by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, commenced as guests arrived in Puebla. The following morning, the group enjoyed exploring the historic city of [...]

June 30th, 2011|Mexico|

Clean Water for Takui, Cameroon

As part of its ongoing work to support the health of the region, Himalayan Institute Cameroon in partnership with Honesdale Rotary has started construction on a water catchment system in the village of Takui in Northwest Cameroon. The installation will harvest water that flows from a local spring and channel it into an easily accessible [...]

June 6th, 2011|Cameroon|

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|

Agriculture seminar in Kishong

On April 26 Lilian Gupie, Energy Farming Program Leader, taught a free 3-hour long seminar at the Energy Farming campus in Kishong village. 39 people attended, including students and local farmers. The seminar, titled “An Introduction to Organic Agriculture,” sought to raise awareness about the fundamental concepts in organic agriculture and to demonstrate its relevance [...]

May 2nd, 2011|Cameroon, Energy Farming|

Water Wells for Health and Irrigation

With generous support from the Buffalo Arts Studio, Himalayan Institute Cameroon was able to complete its first community water project: the installation of two public wells in the villages of Kishong and Jakiri. Using completely local talent and resources, from rural engineer to construction workers, these two wells were completed in 2010 and are fully operational [...]

March 15th, 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|

The Sweetness of Honey

Himalayan Institute Cameroon's School of Energy Farming promotes sustainable agriculture methods that support farmers in becoming self-reliant and more productive. Beekeeping is an agricultural technique with numerous benefits: the bees pollinate the crops, which improves the harvest, and the honey they produce is valuable both as food and as medicine. In addition to being a healthy [...]

March 2nd, 2011|Cameroon|