Category: Programs

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...

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...

Empty Lot Transformed into Productive Garden

Ireneo Polison Jr. lives with his wife and three kids in a wooden house surrounded by coconut trees. Although he has suffered for years from rheumatoid arthritis, it did not stop him from working hard for his family as a part-time tailor, earning approximately Php500 (US$11.64) per week. Determined to earn more income, Ireneo accepted...

Do you have a bed?

Tess Lyons has been a dedicated volunteer with ICM for the past three years.  Tess and her husband, Charles Caldwell, are currently sponsoring their 4th ICM preschool. They have taken their four children down to the Philippines several times to visit their students and to participate in the ongoing slum reconstruction building project cosponsored by ICM and Gawad...

Will you miss what you never had?

For those of you in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang just offered to give HK6,000 in cash to every adult HK permanent resident following a huge fiscal surplus for this financial year ending March 31.  Just in case you are wondering, let me tell you what HK6,000 can do for the poor...

Transformation is on the Way

Story by ICM CO Team Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines and lies in the southern part of the archipelago.  Locals refer to it proudly as The Land of Promise due to the fertile soil and peerless shade of green.  Just as unique as the landscape are the eighteen mountain-dwelling tribal communities...