Category: Donor Stories

ICM Kids Camp – An Experience My Children Won’t Forget

Story by Carine Owens Kids Camp provides a chance for my children and I to step outside our lives of abundance.  It creates an opportunity that allows our kids to see the reality of poverty and how many people survive each day in dire circumstances. We join these children for four action packed days to...

The Unexpected Swimmers

Story by Helen Turner, ICM Co-CEO Early on a Thursday morning in February we set out, off the coast of El Nido heading up to one of the remotest island locations in the Philippines, the Island of Cagbuli. Twenty-five visitors in El Nido on “Vacation With a Purpose” had chosen to take the two and half hour boat ride...

An Especially Warm Christmas

Brad and Melody Landes reinforced that it is better to give than receive, while reading a Christmas card from ICM.  For the past three years, the Landes’ have sponsored an ICM Jumpstart Kindergarten in General Santos. Their generosity allows between 25-35 children to achieve a solid educational foundation which will allow them entrance to government...

ICM Visits Box of Hope

Story by Tess Lyons, ICM Donor Relations Manager If you had been with the ICM HK Office on Thursday, 15 November you would have heard the following unusual comments:  “I need that soap or I will keep the washcloth.” or  “I will trade you that book for that toothbrush but not for that pencil case.”  Yes...

Thank you, Mill Run Elementary!

Every year, Mill Run Elementary School in the USA works together to campaign for a cause, so we were thrilled to learn that this year they chose to sponsor an ICM Kindergarten. Amazingly, one of their First Grade teachers, Holly, traveled all the way to the Philippines to visit their sponor school, which has been...

Partnering Together to Fight Poverty

ICM is able to reach more people in need because of our partnerships with other great NGO’s like ‘Feed My Starving Children.’ Recently, FMSC wrote a blog story about one of our recipients, Luz, who works in our Red Rope Cooperative. Not only has FMSC donated over 5 million free meals for ICM’s program participants...

Royal Bank of Scotland

“I can’t say I came away from the trip feeling I’d had a ‘lovely’ time, it’s not a holiday; but I can come away from it saying I felt truly humbled and completely overwhelmed,” said Aimee.  Aimee and her co-worker, Yat Jing, from the Royal Bank of Scotland traveled down to Bacolod City to visit ICM’s...

SHOES, GLORIOUS SHOES!

It wasn’t holiday anticipation that made the children of Renaissance College and Kennedy School come to school wearing flip flops on the last day of school. The children at these two ESF schools had giving on their mind. Knowing they would be growing out of their shoes over the summer, they wore flip flops to school,...

‘TRIATHLON BILL’ COMPETES FOR ICM KIDS

When Bill Ng participates in the 5i50 Olympic Distance Triathlon in Subic Bay, The Philippines on June 24, 2012, he’s competing to save 50 lives. Bill, who has two sprint distance triathalons under his belt, will be completing an Olympic Distance triathlon, which is double the distance of a sprint – 1.5km open water swim,...

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...