ICM takes a chance on families that other organisations can’t or won’t reach.

Our focus is on families living in ultra-poverty at the absolute bottom of the economic ladder.

ICM provides help, inspires hope and creates change in families earning less than US$0.50 a day.

“Few nonprofits operate with such clarity about who their strategy is designed to help.”

— Paul Penley, Excellence in Giving Report 2017.

A child’s life in ultra-poverty:

43% drink unclean water leading to frequent illnesses
drink unclean water leading to frequent illnesses
64% live in overcrowded, unsafe homes
live in overcrowded, unsafe homes
29% live with no electricity
live with no electricity
29% live in damp, leaky homes
live in damp, leaky homes

Every parent wants their child to grow up with a future that’s full of hope. Here’s how you can equip parents to transform their children’s lives.

From dense urban slums to remote mountain communities, and everywhere in between.

Across the Philippines, ICM reaches families who typically live in four kinds of communities – urban slums, rural plains, remote mountain regions and coastal fishing villages. Each type of terrain shapes the way families experience poverty.  

Click on each icon to read more about each type of community.

Ultra-poverty in the Philippines

As the 13th most populous country in the world, the Philippines is home to more than 100 million people.

Despite robust economic growth in recent years, 25 million Filipinos still live in extreme poverty on incomes below US$1.25 per day.

At the absolute bottom of this economic ladder are seven million people struggling to survive in “ultra-poverty” on less than US$0.50 per day.

Transform lives with ICM

Get Involved


If you’re in Hong Kong or the Philippines we have great opportunities for volunteers in our offices. But wherever you are in the world, we would love to hear from you and get you involved.


People from all over the globe make life-changing trips to visit our work in the Philippines. Safe, fun and hands-on for families, corporate CSR groups, friends and church groups.

Be an Ambassador

Around the world, ICM ambassadors advocate for ICM in their workplaces, churches and friendship groups.