humanitarian projects

School of Carpentry & Construction Builds a Name for Itself

It’s been 10 months since the Himalayan Institute Cameroon School of Carpentry & Construction opened its doors in Kumbo, and since then it has created many opportunities for the community. Each project that the school undertakes is designed to target local needs in the community and is proving to benefit the carpentry industry in Northwest [...]

February 22nd, 2010|Cameroon|

Breaking Ground in Jonotla, Mexico

After having arrived in Jonotla only one week before, the Himalayan Institute Mexico (HIM) start-up team has successfully acquired a plot of land on which to begin its Energy Farming project. The one-acre plot is only a 20-minute walk from the center of town, on a wedge of land between two roads. It is accessible [...]

February 3rd, 2010|Mexico|

Himalayan Institute Mexico Takes Off

Breakfast with the mayor of Jonotla. In December 2009, Humanitarian Projects Manager Jeff Abella and Project Coordinator Cheryl Malkoun traveled to Mexico and secured office space in metropolitan Puebla and farmland in the rural mountain town of Jonotla. This trip was a culmination of two years’ worth of scouting trips and meetings with [...]

January 12th, 2010|Mexico|

2009 Major Activities and Timeline

For the Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Initiatives, 2009 was an exciting and very busy year. Here is a timeline of major events: HI Cameroon Himalayan Institute Cameroon HI Tibetan Settlements Himalayan Institute & Tibetan Partnership HI India Himalayan Institute India HI Mexico Himalayan Institute Mexico January HI Tibetan Settlements An in-depth planning trip is made to [...]

January 4th, 2010|Cameroon, India, Mexico, Tibetan Settlements|

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|

Total Health Mobile Unit Expands Its Reach

In the Northwest Region of Cameroon, most of the roads are still unpaved and in the rainy season these dirt roads turn into slippery mud-rivers. Without a rugged vehicle, travel can be dangerous or simply impossible. For the Total Health Mobile Unit, being able to reach remote villages is sometimes the most challenging part of [...]

November 29th, 2009|Cameroon, Total Health Center|

Local Community Shows Support for Energy Farming at the Tibetan Settlements

Due to the heavy rains of the monsoon season, the 20-acre Himalayan Institute Energy Farming demonstration site at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement was completely overgrown with grass. This threatened to choke the young Pongamia pinnata seedlings that were planted earlier this year. The grass was so tall that it was difficult to see where the Pongamia [...]

November 16th, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|

Community Radio in Kumbo

Up until 5 months ago, Kumbo had suffered from severe communication isolation—a city of 100,000 with no local TV or radio station. The Kumbo Development Organization in collaboration with the BBC has started a community radio station called Bui FM, and in only 5 months it’s clear that community radio is doing its part to [...]

November 9th, 2009|Cameroon, Fundraising and Activism|

Internal Growth To Support Community Development

On Monday August 29th, the Himalayan Institute Cameroon held the first of a series of meetings and events that will result in an organizational overhaul of its community center operations. The goal of this reorganization is to make the center more efficient and more effective at delivering its programs to the community. By looking at [...]

September 14th, 2009|Cameroon|

Alleviating Water Scarcity in Jakiri

Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) with support from the Buffalo Arts Studio has been working to address water scarcity in rural Cameroon. November to April is the dry season in northern Cameroon—6 months with hardly any rainfall. During this time, rivers dry up, municipal water sources are rationed, and village people are forced to travel farther [...]

August 31st, 2009|Cameroon|