Adam Beaton
Initiative Lead – Umuode Village

Adam is excited to be joining ICO again, and this time as an initiative lead. After discovering ICO in 2010, he served as facilitator of operations for the Research Centre. Around that time he and Bona, a good friend in Nigeria, worked together on setting up a solar powered water pump in Bona’s home village. They are both amazed that, 12 years later, the first pump and solar panels are still pulling up water from a depth of 300 ft for between 50 and 100 people/day.
While volunteering with a charity overseas, Adam started to recognize the role good information systems can play in helping people work well together. He now works at creating and improving information systems for health care. He and his wife, Cindy, also have a deep appreciation for the West Coast, and are thankful for opportunities to collaborate on making a difference in the lives of others.

Field Lead – Umuode Village
We are thankful to be able to partner with Bona as the field lead for this initiative. After volunteering and completing studies abroad, Bona returned to his home region in Nigeria in 2005. In 2008, after running a variety of training programs and workshops, Bona founded a school in Umuode village, where previously most children did not go to school. While the school started with 23 students, it now has over 37 full-time staff and close to 700 students. With skills and opportunities that could have taken him in many other directions, Bona continues to work with others on inspiring, bringing hope, and investing in long-lasting change.