Stepping Free from Poverty to Stand on HOPE!

It’s been about 5 months since the dance competition at our 2018 Hong Kong Banquet – Stepping Free from Poverty. It was an amazing night where all of our dancers competed and in the end, were awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The Coco Mamas from General Santos used their winning prizes to grow...
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Transform Couples Tie the Knot

Transform equips participants to build stronger relationships, which for some, translate into stronger marriages. In a dumpsite in Iloilo, love was in the air. Nineteen brides, sixteen of whom were Transform participants, were given the opportunity to finally walk the aisle, making their unions official in a mass wedding ceremony put on by ICM. These...
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“Best Pig, Ever!”

In this new year of the pig, there’s one pig you do not want to miss out on! Lechón is a Spanish term for a roasted suckling pig cooked over a pit of charcoal. The pig is usually cooked whole, with all of its parts still intact. The belly is slit to remove its internal...
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Thank you for #TheGiftofOpportunities

This past Christmas, ICM set an ambitious goal to change the lives of 12 patients that were enrolled in our Medical Mercy Program. All of these patients were children awaiting life-changing surgeries that would correct their club foot condition. This condition limited the opportunities that were available to these children as it hindered their movement...
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Igniting a Spark in Antique

ICM has always endeavored to saturate all of the Philippines to alleviate the issue of ultrapoverty. We’ve recently taken a big step forward by launching a new branch in Antique! Antique, a province in Western Visayas, has a total of 126,943 people living in poverty. This represents 26 percent of the population. Among all of...
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Transform: A Student Again

Milagros lives in Koronadal with her husband, children and parents. In her family, money was hard to come by. Her husband, Enrico, worked as a farmer and brought home PHP250 (US$4.60) per week, which was barely enough to cover the expenses for their family of seven. Sometimes, she accepted laundry jobs from her neighbors and...
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Radiance of Hope

Every team needs its own sense of purpose. As for Radiance Savings Group from Lemery, Iloilo, its purpose is to provide a business that is beneficial and can minister to its members, to the people in the community, and to the ultrapoor all over the town of Lemery. Radiance Savings Group was established in 2014...
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All Stella Wants for Christmas

Black boots are not on every twelve-year-old girl’s wish list, but then again not every twelve-year-old girl wants to be a policewoman! Stella lives in a mountainous region of the Philippines. Her parents noticed that Stella had trouble walking as a baby and was always falling over. Her neighbors told her parents that their little...
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All Rhyne wants for Christmas…

Since Rhyne is only two, it’s hard to know what she really wants for Christmas, but sparkly shoes are a good guess for this natural entertainer. Shoes weren’t always a good gift for her, though.  Her feet used to be so twisted that she couldn’t wear shoes at all. When she was a baby, her...
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All Eric wants for Christmas…

Eight-year-old Eric loves basketball, but his whole life clubfoot has forced him to watch from the sidelines. Although he always attempted to play with his three younger siblings, he was forced to bow out quickly as games got too tiring. Even walking to school was difficult for him, but that didn’t stop him from going and...
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