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November 26, 2013

Computer Institute established in Lahachowk!

In the summer of 2013 as a result of the generosity of our donors, a computer institute was established in the village of Lahachowk. The institute is comprised of 5 computers, a dedicated classroom and a teacher. This was all made possible with funds provided from the ICO Kaski Education Initiative. The computer institute idea was developed with ICO team members in Nepal working with the local Village Development Committee members and school principles.

Children’s families with the means to pay will pay a nominal fee while others will receive the education for free. The computer institute also offers free education to adults both male and female. ICO members are extremely excited about this opportunity as the same opportunities for education are not often available to women in Nepal. 

Before the institute was opened the Lahachowk committee members asked if the institute could be named in memory of Norma Wade. Norma first established contact with the village in 1998 and was instrumental in bridging the friendship that ICO continues today. 

The first few months of operation have been a success. Due to the overwhelming success of the program, the institute is now in need of more computers and space to meet the demand. We await news from the villagers regarding next step as we continue to work hand and hand with the local villagers, trusting in them that they know their needs best.


October 1st, 2013

Phase 5 a Complete Success!

The hard work of the International Co-op students and chaperons in the village of Lahachowk Nepal in March of this year, has now bore fruit.  The group worked diligently on Phase 5, making another section of the irrigation ditch into a permanent structure. Once again dug by hand to prepare the canal for a cement base in order to help prevent the loss of precious water, and wall collapse during the heavy monsoons, helping as much water as possible to reach it's destination. The irrigation project is a partnership with ICO and the village of Lahachowk. Over 100 volunteers have travelled to Lahachowk since 2010 and have immersed themselves in the culture, warmth and friendship of the village. The project will take years to complete and the friendship and trust will last forever.

Jennifer from Lahachowk, Nepal

Hard work by the 2013 International Co-op group started this section

The end result shows water in full flow in the canal during the monsoon

The result! A lush, robust rice crop this year!


Navin Adhikari and Pawan Sharma, ICO team members in Lahachowk Nepal say “On behalf of ourselves and our fellow villagers, we want to thank you all for your hard work, kindness and spirit. We look forward to sharing our lives with yours again soon. Thank you team."

 

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Lahachowk Water Filtration System

 

Goal: To improve the quality of potable water and leverage this increase of water quality to foster improved overall health of the Lahachowk community members.

Objective: Assess, Implement, and Evaluate a household unit drinking water filtration system

 

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November 26, 2013

Computer Institute established in Lahachowk!

In the summer of 2013 as a result of the generosity of our donors, a computer institute was established in the village of Lahachowk. The institute is comprised of 5 computers, a dedicated classroom and a teacher. This was all made possible with funds provided from the ICO Kaski Education Initiative. The computer institute idea was developed with ICO team members in Nepal working with the local Village Development Committee members and school principles.

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The Timberline and Carihi International Co-op class just returned back from their work placement trip to Nepal. A group of 23 students and chaperones spent their spring break experiencing the culture and adventures the small country had to offer. The class worked with InnovativeCommunities.org Foundation on the Irrigation Initiative, and managed to raise enough money to fund 1.5 kilometers of the irrigation canal. This effort helped to aid thousands of farming families in the remote village of Lawachowk that could not have funded this project on their own.  

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Our Timberline and Carihi International Co-op Class is getting excited for the upcoming work placement trip to Nepal this Spring Break. We have been preparing for the Initiative since the beginning of the school year, and are working hard at our goals.

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The Timberline Secondary International Co-op class, from Campbell River, is extremely excited to be working with InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation to help complete our chosen sustainable living project this year. The International Co-op class is made up of students from grades 10-12, and we participate in a 2-3 week work placement in a developing country.

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Like all ICO Initiatives, 100% of the donations go to the Initiative - no deduction for overhead or administration, 100% volunteer and accounts shown transparently online LIVE (8 years now). Jen Wade is our Leader of the Operations Group in ICO and has the overall responsibility for over 40 ICO Initiatives on four continents. In the video you will see Jen in conversation with Nepalese farmers discussing the success of the Initiative on their lives. Like all of us in ICO - Jen is a pro-bono volunteer. Jen and her partner Brad (Team Leader for Nepal Initiatives) are from Campbell River, BC.

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An Update and Video from Alexander Vido in Victoria, BC:

 

 

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Update from Nepal, courtesy of Brad McLoughlin:

Phase 4 of the Nepal Irrigation project began with ICO member Navin Adhikari leading a race against nature to complete a section of Lahachowk’s main water source which was swept away in last year’s monsoon. Not only can the building of the Irrigation canal only take place during short periods between harvesting and planting, but if this phase is not completed it will have a devastating effect on the rice crop as the irrigation is the life blood for the crop.

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