Initiative Lead- Nepal Irrigation
Brad is from Campbell River and has been a member of ICO since 2011. He has been to 45 different countries with his first visit to Nepal being in 1997 where he quickly fell in love with the country and its people. Brad started his volunteering in Nepal in 2009 by empowering a local farmer to bring his fellow villagers together who decided improved irrigation was a priority. With this community-based approach, Women’s Health and education initiatives were launched several years later. Brad is now retired and previously worked helping the unemployed. Volunteering for Brad is an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, meet likeminded people and learn different cultures. In his spare time Brad can be found returning almost annually to Nepal, coaching youth volleyball and enjoying Vancouver Island with fellow ICO member Jennifer Wade.
Field Lead- Nepal Irrigation
Navin Adhikari has been a member of ICO since 2011 acting as field lead for the Irrigation Initiative. He is a social worker and farmer, has assisted with the ICO Farm Mechanization Initiative, and is a member of the Kaski Education Initiative team helping to evaluate the educational needs of the district. He lives in the village of Lahachowk with his wife and his 3 grown children live nearby. Navin is responsible for consultation and collaboration with the farmers’ groups, local governments, and ICO to continue the expansion of the irrigation system which continues to increase crop production for the villagers of Lahachowk.