Category: Recipient Stories

Hope – You can see it on their faces

On a recent trip to our ICM Base in Dipolog, we met Emeliano and his wife, Salome.  Salome was a member of the 1st batch Transform Program in their area, where she learned how to start an in-ground garden.  She shared what she learned from the Livelihood lessons with Emeliano and he really got into it...

Livelihood comes to the Malnourished Children Outreach (MCO) program!

by Helen Turner, ICM COO After successful trials during 2011/12 ICM has been able to develop a training model to incorporate the values, health and livelihood training for the parents of the Malnourished Children Outreach (MCO) participants.  It is an exciting model involving local community members represented by the local Church Pastor and three Church...

The first day of school…and the rest of their lives

Classroom doors opened for over 2,500 ICM Jumpstart Kindergarten students on 4 June. As well as the new faces in the classroom, there are other changes this academic year. Our Jumpstart Kindergartens are now “Dual Stream”, meaning we run kindergartens in the morning and afternoon! Last year, ICM ran a pilot project to asses the...

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...

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...

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...