Tag: Transform

How to Survive an ICM 101 Trip

Story & Photos by Justine Maceross; ICM Trip Participant It is easy for me to forget that poverty affects the majority of our world.  90% of people deal with corruption daily – a fact I learned in the first ICM 101 Lecture.  This truth is all too forgettable in my day-to-day routine in San Antonio, Texas, where...
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Simple Health Training Saves Baby’s Life

The Hualde family lives in a squatter area in San Isidro Lagao, General Santos City. Their house is made of scrap materials and is built on lowland, prone to flooding. In early January 2013, heavy rain had caused floodwater to reach knee level inside their home. Arlene Hualde, a housewife and an ICM Transform Program...
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From the Field: This is why I work for ICM…

As the Finance Officer in the ICM Hong Kong Office, I spend most of my day on spreadsheets, filling out forms, and at the bank.  Last week I had the opportunity to visit our ICM base in General Santos with the Transform Program sponsors from Union Church HK. When we were visiting the Transform Program, one...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Value of Knowledge

Story by ICM CO Team Meet Jay Stephen Moses, and his mother, Rodalyn.  Jay is a growing nine-month-old boy living in a rural slum community on the outskirts of El Nido Town.  A few months ago, he was discovered as malnourished by ICM staff, with an untreated cleft lip & palate.  He was soon enrolled...
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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...
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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...
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