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

Our focus is on children living 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:

22% go to bed hungry at least once a week
22%
go to bed hungry at least once a week
 32% have had a sibling die
32%
have had a sibling die
10% are seriously ill at any time
10%
are seriously ill at any time
$0.28 average daily income
$0.28
average daily income
40% live with no electricity
40%
live with no electricity
46% defecate outside
46%
defecate outside

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.

Ultrapoverty in the Philippines

As the 12th 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.

Transform lives with ICM

Get Involved

Volunteer

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.

Trips

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.