Category: Programs

Helping those who Help Us

It is no secret that ICM is able to do the work we do and help as many people as we have because of our partnership with the compassionate and hardworking partner pastors. They’re the ones who host the Transform program in our communities and sustain the impact of the program after. During the pandemic...

Giving hope through the Thrive Pastor Network

This season of giving, ICM wants to shine a spotlight on Thrive pastors who are our partners in serving the ultra-poor. We equip thousands of pastors every month so they can better respond to the poor’s needs for food, finances, medical assistance, and spiritual support. Pastors who are part of Thrive live in the same...

The Lady Bangca Rider of Bohol

Fancy a boat for an everyday ride?   While other people nowadays invest in bikes, motorcycles, and sidecars, former Transform participant Merabel from Bohol chose a boat as her go-to everyday transportation. Thanks to her husband, the 27-year-old housewife learned how to pilot a boat in just two days.  Merabel and her husband sell sea...

ICM in ZEP 2030 6th General Assembly Learning Sessions

This month, ICM took part in Zero Extreme Poverty PH 2030’s 6th General Assembly Learning sessions on poverty alleviation programs— our Director of Education Anna Alegre was one of the speakers for the education learning session: From School to Home; How might we create a better normal in education; our Strategic Partnership team taking the...
Uganda Women

A Woman Called Samosa

Known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a land filled with stunning landscape, rich biodiversity, and serene beauty. However, despite the country’s vast natural wealth, more than half of  Ugandan households still experience poverty in the areas of finances, healthcare, and education. Ugandan women, in particular, experience the harsh effects of being ultra-poor. They...

Momprenuer and savings group start new businesses during pandemic

Many mothers from ultra-poor communities are housewives who are dependent on their husbands’ small incomes. The pandemic, which caused job and income loss, has made their situations even worse. Through ICM’s 2R (Refresh and Renew) program, we were able to help these women through a difficult time.   Catherine, a mother in her early twenties,...

Hope in Tough Times

Single mother Annafe has not had an easy year, but she is still holding onto hope! It is hard enough raising two children with no partner, and being pregnant during the pandemic made things even more difficult.  She moved in with her mother and father who both lost their jobs due to the lockdowns. The...

From Trouble Maker to Livelihood Trainer

In the fight against poverty, we are thankful for our local staff here in the Philippines. They are the ones at the frontlines, doing what it takes to reach communities in need. Most of them know first-hand the struggles our participants face. In fact, Jason of our General Santos base was even a participant in...
tubes of toothpaste

400,000 tubes of toothpaste donations from SWISS through The Amber Foundation

While these are common necessities to most, tubes of toothpaste can sometimes be scarce in households where the ultra-poor live. To help them develop healthy habits, part of ICM’s Transform program educates participants about proper hygiene. Since 1992, ICM has been in the business of transforming lives from a physical, social, and spiritual standpoint. Indeed,...

Cancer Warrior starts community store with savings group

How does someone deal with poverty and cancer during the pandemic? When sickness affects someone who’s living in ultra-poverty, it seems like a no-win situation. But stories like Maria Jery’s inspire us and give us hope.   When Maria Jery joined a savings group through ICM’s Transform program, she learned the habit of saving. However,...