Throughout Africa, there is a consistent lack of access to information. This is most vividly demonstrated by the scarcity of books. In Kumbo, despite a relatively high literacy rate, books are extremely difficult to find. Even when available, a used paperback routinely costs $15 to $20 in a country where many earn only $2 a day. Himalayan Institute Cameroon has established the largest library in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. This library contains over 30,000 books, as well as reading rooms, collaborative work spaces, a children’s corner, reference books, and textbooks.
Our public library in Kumbo serves students from elementary to university level, as well as teachers and other professionals. Through the library, we also offer a book-lending program, after-school and mentoring programs, and professional development resources.
Branch libraries are strategically located in remote communities that otherwise have extremely limited access to educational resources. Each branch library holds 2,000 to 3,000 books. All of our libraries are run and maintained by trained community members who hold education in the highest regard.
Ways you can help
By supporting our family of projects you will help reduce poverty by addressing its root causes. We focus on total community transformation because change is not linear. Your action can provide support for people who face the harsh conditions of poverty every day.