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Return to School and Health

Four-year-old Gebalyn was sent home from school because of the open sores on her head. Gebalyn’s mother, Maria Theresa was worried. The wounds grew and began bleeding. Gebalyn was in near constant pain and crying. Her appetite left her and she grew weak.  There wasn’t enough money to see a doctor, but the day Gebalyn...

Project for Positive Change

A newly launched, 17-month landmark project between International Care Ministries (ICM) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will help people living in ultrapoverty in the Province of Iloilo. A launch ceremony October 30th, attended by Philippine and U.S. officials marked the beginning of the project, which will affect approximately 10,000 people. The...

Lisa – Transform

Lisa, 29, lives with her partner and four young children in a small house built of scrap metal and wood with no electricity or toilet. Growing up, Lisa’s mother had five husbands and a gambling addiction. At 12 years of age, Lisa left home for Manila to work as a housemaid. At 13-years-old she fell...

Stars of the Future

Six graduates of Ajong Sibulan Kindergarten returned to their alma mater this month to talk about their dreams and explain to their younger peers what they enjoy most about “big school”.  All six of the children are honor students, and they are studying hard to reach their young goals. Nine-year old Mary Grace Seraspe attends...

Meriam – Planning for Tomorrow

Meriam, 23, is married to Volter, a passenger motorbike driver. Meriam stays at home and looks after the couple’s two young daughters, Angel and Stephany, while Volter works hard to provide for his family. However the irregular income of a driver is barely enough for them to survive. They live in a coastal village with...

Together Bringing Hope, Providing Help, Creating Change

by: Deborah Foo The establishment of Capital One Philippines Support Services Corporation’s (COPSSC) partnership with ICM was highlighted through the launch of six Transform and two Jumpstart communities in the province of Bohol on the 6th and 7th of July 2015. The theme of the event was titled “Together bringing hope, Providing help, Creating change” which emphasized the partnership in...

Vermiculture: Hands-On Learning

by: Fernando Jose G. Roa On July 7, International Care Ministries treated 30 Sunday school children from the New Millennium Evangelical Church (NMEC), ages 10 to 14 years old, to their first-ever livelihood seminar for growing vegetables efficiently and healthily using vermiculture (worm farming). The children, assisted by their Sunday school teachers, parents and members of their household learned how...

Abad Maria and Pejana – seeds of hope

  Thanks to ICM’s Transform program, Abad Maria and Pejana’s green thumbs are helping to feed their families. ABAD MARIA Fourteen years ago, Abad Maria took her three children and left her alcoholic husband. Now 47 years old, Abad lives with her children, one son-in-law and her three-year-old grandson in a small house built of...

Telling the story

by Louise Joachimowski, Creative Resources Officer Spending a month working in the Philippines always has its ups and downs. There’s been tropical storms, ferry cancellations, lack of internet and extremely bumpy car rides getting lost in remote villages! But through the challenges, the thing that makes it all worth it are the people we meet....

A Pastor sees Peace after Transform

Story by Ellie Haldors – Intern, ICM Hong Kong Last week, I took a trip to the Philippines to learn more about the happenings inside of ICM. As I talked to pastors whose communities have gone through ICM Transform programs, I began to realize just how big of an impact ICM is having on these...