ICM takes a chance on families that other organisations can’t or won’t reach.
Our focus is on children living in 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 ultrapoverty:
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.
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 “ultrapoverty” on less than US$0.50 per day.
A Long Stretch
Bullied for his mis-shapen arm, Kim-Kim no longer wanted to attend school. His parents, Aisa and Jovie, desperately wanted their son to be cured, but Jovie’s wages as a farmer’s helper only totaled US$33 (PHP1,500) a month. Like all of the families ICM works with, this meant Jovie had a daily struggle to provide even the most basic necessities for his family of four.
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.