Dreams Lost and Dreams Found

  Merlie, a Transform participant from Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao, believed that education was the best way she could leave a mark, so she dreamed of becoming a teacher. She eventually completed her teaching degree and felt proud of her achievements. “No one in school knew me until I graduated and was able to...

Just Enough

To say that life is challenging for Melina and her family would be an understatement. When she joined Transform, she made sure she graduated and got her certificate, despite all the challenges that she had to go through.    Melina lived in a house made of bamboo, scrap materials, and old G.I. sheets with her...

ICM Named “2022 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits

The “2022 Top-rated Nonprofit” Award based is on Community Recommendations  Metro Manila, Philippines, January 3, 2023 – International Care Ministries (ICM), a Philippine-based non-profit working with the ultra-poor, announced recently it has been named a “2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits for the third year in a row, the leading website for community recommendations of charities...

Changing lives and transforming futures in Guatemala

  While Guatemala may be an ocean away, it has many striking similarities to the Philippines. It is also a Catholic-majority country but also has many local Protestant churches. Hurricanes, political unrest, and inadequate health facilities are long-term struggles the country faces. There are many tribal groups that experience poverty at a much higher rate...

Hope in the Time of Ebola

A few months back, the world was rocked by reports about the Ebola outbreak in Uganda. The disease has left many people in distress, fearing for their lives and their loved ones’. The ebola virus that originated in Sudan has affected several Ugandan districts, and one of the last reported cases was a stillborn male...

Starting Up Strong in Unity

Building one’s savings needs consistency, but for ultra-poor families, it is difficult to even start saving with limited financial resources directed to their most basic needs. Ultra-poverty makes it impossible to spare an amount large enough to invest in a business, purchase materials for home improvement, or spend on things that would increase quality of...

30 Years of Transforming the Futures of the Ultra-poor

Simultaneous banquets in Hong Kong and Manila raise US$1.6 million towards poverty alleviation in the Philippines On October 28, 2022, International Care Ministries held two major simultaneous events in Hong Kong and Manila for “I Believe,” its annual fundraising gala to celebrate 30 years of helping people living in ultra-poverty. Over 200 guests in Hong...

Keep on Going!

For 53-year-old Diomedes, life has been one challenge after another. Born into a poor family, he had to drop out of school at a very young age to earn a living. When he started a family, his first son was born with special needs. In 2010, a live wire electrocuted him left him experiencing shortness...

With Hope Comes Courage

According to a Philippine National Demographic and Health survey, one in four Filipino women aged 15 to 49 has experienced domestic abuse. Poverty seems to be a factor  with women from low-income households suffering even more than other groups; some of these women have even had their lives threatened.  Erlinda, a Transform participant from Tacloban,...

Off to a Good Start

Growing up with a physically abusive father who’s now serving time in jail, 5-year-old Ella Mae has found refuge in her mother who cares deeply for her. Ella Mae lives in a bamboo house near the river with her mother and her three older siblings where access to education is hard. After two years into...