Mission: ICM's mission is to improve the quality of life for the ultrapoor through our life-changing, community-based and holistic education.
Results: In the last few years, ICM has reached nearly a half million ultrapoor people. Our programs create measurable improvement in families and whole regions. After our four-month Transform program, ICM participants experience:
- 34% increase in household income
- 13% decrease in serious illnesses
- 53% reduction in reported physical abuse in homes
ICM inspires hope and provides help to transform lives.
Target demographics: the ultrapoor (people living at subsistence level)
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 22660 families with our holistic, empowering and life-changing programs in 734 communities across the Philippines.
Geographic areas served: the Philippines
Programs: adult lifeskills training, kindergartens for marginalised children, home-based feeding for malnourished children and special medical programs in our communities. These programs empower the ultrapoor to improve their quality of life.
I recently spent 10 days in the Philippines touring the ICM oeprations at three of their bases. I have never seen this level of efficiency derived from the business leadership of David Sutherland, combined with local staff that all grew up in the ultra-poor conditions of the families they serve and a laser focus on the poorest of the poor. They provide values, livelihood and health education along with practical community development centered around a network of 1800 local leaders. I have toured hundreds of charities, and was deeply impressed by the scale and impact they are having with people that earn less than 40 cents a day.