Our Grassroots Approach Runs Deep
At the heart of our HI Humanitarian ethos is a grassroots approach founded on collaboration, local partnership, dignity and mutual respect—a model that has organically evolved into a genuinely impactful substrate for our humanitarian efforts. In recent years, amidst tumultuous times of prolonged civil unrest and the relentless challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in Northwest Cameroon, our local Cameroonian-led team has not only persevered but flourished. While other foreign aid agencies were forced to halt operations, our HI Cameroon Team doubled and in some cases even tripled its reach, underscoring the self-sustainability and resilience of our HI Humanitarian model—one that withstands external disruptions and demonstrates the indispensable value of staying power.
The Interconnectedness of Food Security, Nutritional Wellness and Spiritual Growth
In the face of intensified global conflict and unprecedented climate shifts, food security in Africa is plummeting to alarmingly new lows, not only hindering physical well-being and inviting increased social unrest but ultimately, obstructing the path to spiritual growth and the pursuit of higher wisdom. This is just one testament to why Panditji considers our Global Humanitarian Projects to be one of the most important parts of the Institute’s work—paramount to realizing the most authentic version of our core mission.
Recently launched, our 2024 Food Security and Nutritional Wellness Fund addresses the urgent issue of food insecurity in Northwest Cameroon and at the same time, highlights and honors the Tradition’s view regarding the sacred significance of food in group practice and yaga (fire ceremony). Closely enmeshed with the intention of interconnected healing invoked through our dedicated Sri Sukta practice, this initiative may sit closer to our hearts than any other before it.
Our Threefold Initiative
- Grow 23,000 lbs of Food Locally
We’ll partner with Cameroon farmers to bolster local crop quality and productivity.
- Provide 10,000 Meals to Children at School
We’ll team up with schools to nourish the minds, bodies and spirits of Cameroon children for an entire school.
- Mentor 5,000 Families in Personal Wellness
We’ll educate families about the importance of diet, nutrition and preventative health, so they get the most out of what they eat and stay healthy longer.
Compassion, at the core of spirituality, finds its expression in ensuring no soul goes hungry—neither physically nor spiritually.
“Whomever you serve, please serve with the dignity and respect the souls deserve. It is an honor to be in their service. It is a great honor and privilege to be part of this healing process. It is a great honor and privilege to be part of Sangha and be instrumental in expanding Sangha, the community and its health and well-being. And it is a great honor and pleasure to be in the service of the Creator’s creation.”
Learn more about our 2024 Food Security and Nutritional Wellness Initiative here.
The Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian initiatives in Cameroon and India depend upon the love and support of our donors. The progress and development we have seen over the years could not have been possible without you, and for this we are truly grateful. Together, we are creating peaceful, flourishing communities throughout Cameroon and India.
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