Serving the Poor Since 1992

Teaching essential life skills through a supportive, community-based approach, ICM unleashes unfulfilled potential in impoverished communities.  We partner with local leaders from 2,500 slums to empower more than 100,000 people every year to fight the bondage of poverty.  After participating in our transforming values, health and livelihood training program, our families experience a 42% reduction...

Four Decades Later

Story and Photos by Suzanne Chu; ICM Trip Participant I first visited the Philippines with my mother when I was 8 years old.  We drove 12 hours in traffic jams to the house that she grew up in – a two-story house with no walls.  I remember wondering how it was that no one fell off the second...

UPCOMING ICM EVENT IN HK: Bankers & Lawyers on Detention 2012

On May 4th, 2012, bankers & lawyers will be pitted against each other (Bankers v. Lawyers) in a Quiz Game covering a variety of topics including Philippines trivia. However, the “catch” is that the losing side has to “sit in detention” in front of their friends and family while Irish, a young recipient of ICM’s...

Kids Camp 2012

   “I traveled from an earthquake affected area in Ayungon,” said Christy. “It took 4 hours to arrive here.”  Christy was one of 134 kids who attended Kids Camp 2012 which was offered to kids from the communities that were severely affected by the two major natural disasters that hit Dumaguete this year.  A few...

Celebrating 20 Years of Help, Hope & Change

A jubilant crowd laughed and cried through the ICM 20th Anniversary Celebration evening as we shared 20 powerful stories of lives that have been dramatically changed over the last 20 years of ICM’s operations. One of the highlights of the night was the surprise guest appearance by “Philippine Idol” winner, Jude Matthew Servilla, a previous ICM...

Medical Outreach in Devastated Areas

ICM staff in Dumaguete, led by Area Head Pastor Sam Templado, joined local doctors, dentists, pastors, and even the Filipino military to provide medical aid, dispense medicine, offer counseling and even provide free haircuts! to thousands of those traumatized by devastation of Tropical Storm Washi and the earthquake following quickly on its heels one month...

Update: Life After Storm Washi

In the three months since Tropical Storm Washi hit the Philippines, ICM has been touched by your outpouring of gifts, donations and prayers for those affected.   Because the poor are always the most vulnerable during disasters,  ICM had to respond  quickly to the needs of Washi’s victims.  Due to your generosity, within a week...

Bankers and Lawyers to Go on Detention for the Poor

On May 4th, 2012, ICM will be hosting our 2nd annual HK “Detention” event.  40-50 bankers & lawyers will be pitted against each other in a Quiz Game covering a variety of topics including Philippines trivia.  The “catch” is that the losers have to “sit in detention” in front of their friends and family while a...

Congratulations, Kindergarten Graduates!

Nearly 1800 excited students proudly received their diplomas during graduation week after completing their year of learning at one of ICM’s 80 Kindergartens.  These formal graduation celebrations were held in each region so family members and friends could come and cheer their student as they walked across the stage.  There was much to celebrate as songs...

2,822 Fuller Tummies, Thanks to You!

Children from 2,822 poor families in the Philippines are going to bed will fuller tummies!  That’s how many ICM program participants recently graduated from the 16-week Transform program, where they learned organic farming skills, better health practices and the power of positive values.  4,454 family and community gardens were started, and Php166,783 extra income was...