Christmas Celebrations

Three ICM staff members, Annie Tapuz and Laila Natapol from the Bacolod office, and Heather Elliott, from ICM’s HK office, got into the spirit of celebration this Christmas by hosting several celebrations for different groups in Bacolod City.  In the Philippines, celebrations are an important part of the culture, creating unity and a sense of...

Fire in Manila stirs Action by ICM Manila Office

Story from Helen Turner; ICM COO When Wilma shared the news with the ICM Manila Office, they immediately took action.  Wilma is ICM Manila’s accounting assistant.  A fire had broken out in her neighborhood the night before that overtook 12 buildings and impacted 26 families.  While her family was spared, one of her close neighbors...

ICM Celebrating 20 Years of Help, Hope & Change

UPCOMING EVENT:  SATURDAY, MARCH 3 We are kicking off the year with a celebration concert on Saturday, March 3rd and we hope you can come.  The evening will include a media reflection of the past 20 years and the ICM Children’s Choir will share their Kennedy Center Performance.  Kids are invited and welcome.  Please come – bring along your...

Dreams Came True for the ICM Choir!

Dreams came true for the ICM Children’s Choir this past December.  The fourteen kids traveled to the USA to perform at the Washington DC ICM Banquet and at multiple other events and venues in D.C. and New Jersey.  The goal was to raise awareness of (and support for) ICM’s Philippine work.  They left a powerful...

ICM AREA HIT BY TROPICAL STORM WASHI

Eyewitness; Words and Photos by ICM COO, Helen Turner Tropical Storm Washi has left a devastating mark on the Northern part of Mindanao, Philippines.  The effected areas reached farther north to the city of Dumaguete on the Island of Negros, where one of our bases is located.  ICM COO, Helen Turner, was in Dumaguete attending...

Lotlot celebrates Eighteen – a Birthday to Remember!

A girl’s 18th birthday in the Philippines is a much-anticipated passage from adolescence to adulthood.  For Lotlot, this was an especially unforgettable day as she glowed in the excitement of a surprise 18th birthday party thrown by her sixteen “sisters and brothers” at ICM’s Excel House, in Bacolod.  Lotlot, who suffers from cerebral palsy, looked...

A Collaborative Effort to Address Poverty

Submitted by Helen Turner, ICM COO // Photos by Bens King, ICM Graphic Designer ICM’s Philippine Executive Committee joined Cross International’s Leadership Conference September 6th– 7th at a retreat center in Tagaytay, Philippines.  The focus of the conference was to develop collaborative ways to address the complex problem of poverty in the Philippines. The conference...

Tippy Tap: A Happy Day for Hygiene

Story by Tess Lyons, ICM Development Officer //  Video courtesy of Lynn Ketch, ICM Trip Participant  “Happy Birthday to You” is the most frequently sung song in the world, but not just because of the number of birthdays celebrated each day.  This is the song the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommends singing for 20...

Youth Serving the Poor

“This is my second time going with ICM and I’ve been there four times with my family,” said ten-year-old Xavier, who was part of a recent group of parents and children from the Kellett School in Hong Kong.  Xavier helped build houses at the ICM slum reconstruction site and also helped dig a sewage ditch...

Kids Helping Kids by Donating Shoes

Even though primary education in the Philippines is free, students are required to provide their own shoes, books and uniforms in order to attend school.  Without these commodities, children will not be admitted.  Families living in extreme poverty cannot afford these things and so their children do not go. As the teachers and children from...