International Crisis Aid Inc

Rating: 4.92 stars   72 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, International

Location: P.O. Box 510167 St. Louis MO 63151 USA

Mission: International Crisis Aids mission is to assist in sustaining life, bring encouragement to those suffering and collaborating with other relief organizations in bringing necessary foods, materials and medicines to people in times of crisis, particularly where life and death situations exist. Additionally, we attempt to bring public awareness to these situations and to solicit citizen involvement whenever and wherever possible. All assistance and resources are traditionally secured in the country of need when possible, so as to develop relations with the local business people and foster a true spirit of cooperation. To accomplish this vision we will continue to target our efforts in no-go zones; where other organizations cannot or will not go. Frequently this means taking on escalated risks. We feel that these risks are a small price to pay in a game where the stakes are so high: literally, life and death. To that end, we will continue to act as the primary delivery vehicle for outreach campaigns - a distribution system, partnered with other relief organizations to help those who live under some of the worst and most extreme conditions on earth.
Results: Crisis Aid has served more than 1.3 million people worldwide. Today we serve more than 15,000 people every month in Ethiopia and Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Without the support of our partners, thousands of children would be dead from starvation and the effects of malnutrition and hundreds of girls would likely still be stuck in red light districts and with pimps.
Target demographics: severely malnourished children and families; orphans and vulnerable children; those without access to medical care; victims of sex trafficking; local families in need; and more
Direct beneficiaries per year: 223,731 people
Geographic areas served: Ethiopia, East Africa and Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Programs: nutritional feeding programs; medical clinics; children’s home for orphans and vulnerable children; child sponsorship programs; homes and vocational training programs for female victims of sex trafficking; water wells; children’s programs; disaster relief projects; and more. Crisis Aid has served more than 1.3 million people in 11 countries. Today Crisis Aid serves an average of 15,000 people every month in Ethiopia and the United States.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

ICA is an amazing organization and I had the honor to join them in Ethiopia, I was blown away at the work they did and continue to do there. I was in awe of how the community in Ethiopia was cared for by ICA, and loved and respected the care they were receiving. I feel in love with Ethiopia, and ICA opened my eyes to trafficking and have given me a desire to care for young girls who are victims locally and internationally. I pray I can join them on a future trip. It was the greatest trip of my life! Life changing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

CONTinue to do what you all do!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I have had the opportunity to work with several mission ordinations in the past 15 years. Some of them have been great experiences and some just experiences. The difference is leadership... ICA has top notch leadership. Serving along side them I had the chance to see the passion, determination, and desire to fulfill the mission God has called them to. When you see solid leadership in place with a clear vision and great passion... Great things happen... God things happen. Don't miss out, help support or go on a trip with ICA.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at ICA for several months. I enjoy my time here and feel like I am contributing to a very worthy cause. Pat, Sue and the rest of the staff are great! Their love and passion for hurting people around the globe is inspiring.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered to work on the ICA 5 K Run for the last couple years and I was always impressed with the energy and commitment of the ICA Staff towards their mission. They are all wonderful people who work tirelessly to help others with their talent and treasure. I have personally known Pat Bradley for over 20 years and I must say he is at the top of the heap when it comes to helping others, and enlisting others to help!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the work and commitment to their Mission.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to clone Pat Bradley

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I met many new wonderful people and am now a veteran "race marshal".

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful. Helping others helps yourself.

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1 person found this review helpful

I had the privilege of going on 3 relief trips to Ethiopia with ICA. It is an incredible organization with the donations really going to the people. They have the local connections to see that real, meaningful, relief, and follow-up makes to it them. This is an organization who has not only heart but fiscal responsibility to match.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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For years I have donated my time and money to various non-profit organizations, however, ICA has proven to be my favorite organization to be involved with. I was introduced to ICA four years ago and since that time have gotten to know the founders Pat and Sue Bradley. Their passion and integrity exceeds anything and anyone I have ever known. It has been my extreme privilege to volunteer for them both in the US and in Ethiopia. They handle the contributions with utmost care and hold a high standard of excellence for the money distribution to the various projects they take on. I feel safe knowing that they maintain superior accountability to their board and donor base. Without hesitation I would recommend ICA to anyone who is looking for a non-profit agency to become involved with either monetarily or as a volunteer.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

ICA to me is the ultimate non profit organization. I have personally seen the integrity of ICA both overseas and here at home. I have worked with many organizations but not one of them could hold a candle to the level of excellence that is ICA's standard.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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At the request of my sister, I offered some time to help set up an office and filing system when ICA grew beyond what could be handled from the home office of Pat and Sue Bradley. This led to learning and believing in the mission, values and work God has directed for ICA. Although I have not been on a mission trip, I am thankful for the support role I can offer in helping provide for orphans, widows, young girls and hungry families in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working personally with the founders, the very few staff and other volunteers so that efficient use of donated funds is achieved. Hearing personally from volunteers who travel on the mission trips.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely...a new world of people living out their Christian faith by helping those in need.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I continue to value the support I can provide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

International Crisis Aid is easily the best non-profit that I have not only ever worked with, but also ever seen! Their vision and goals are in helping people, serving children, and freeing the oppressed. They do not focus on marketing themselves, as many non-profits do these days. Instead, ICA spends its budget and resources empowering people to live life as it is truly meant to be lived; whole and serving others. There is no other non-profit that will be able to parallel or even come close to the depth of impact that ICA has had on peoples' lives. I challenge anyone to take a trip with them and see the health, love, and life ICA brings to families and children all around the world. It is truly unparalleled.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are many opportunities to donate money and time to serve the less fortunate in this world. In ICA I found an organization that puts the funds they receive to excellent use. I have witnessed first hand the impact ICA has had both in Africa and here in the US. On various medical trips I have witnessed personally the effectiveness of ICA's programs in saving children and whole families from malnutrition. I have seen how the ICA leadership has personally worked and sacrificed to better the lives of people in poverty stricken areas in Africa, people that were motivated to better their lives. The stories are endless: the girls that were rescued from sex trafficking and who i have personally seen change from destitution to successful tradespersons just because they were given an opportunity by ICA. The families that were provided the knowledge and tools ( including the seeds) to grow better crops to become more self supporting. The children that were saved from starvation.

The stories of changed lives abound, too mamy to share here. The reason that I support ICA goes beyond the story of changed lives. It is also the integrity of the leadership that provides me the assurance that my donations are put to good and effective use.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish the donation level would go up. Last year we had to turn families away from nurtition aid because funding and food supplies were exhausted. The sheer volume of malnourished children was overwhelming and exhausted our team's ability to help. The fact that we had to turn starving children away haunts me to this day!

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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As part of a trip to Ethiopia to help disadvantaged people to better their lives, we spent two days trying to rescue young women out of the rampant prostitution in Addis Ababa. The effort started with a trip to the city's infamous red light district. We were broken up into teams and instructed to strike up conversations with young prostitutes and try to get them interested in attending a community service ICA helped sponsor the next day. I talked to some 10 women and encouraged them to come to the meeting the next day, and tried to make them see a way out of their dead end life style. A few responded very positively and actually showed up the next day, where I talked to them in more depth about the training opportunities ICA offers and the opportunity to be placed in a safe house as away to start over in life. After returning to the States ICA representatives in Addis Ababa followed up with the women; even though there was interest ICA is funding-constrained and out of capacity in the safe houses for now. We are not giving up; it is very frustrating to see chances to rescue these women slip through your fingers. But like Churchill said "never, ever give up'. So the plan is to go back later this year and reconnect and see if we can bring some of these women out of the red light district and into the safe houses. I, and with me, the entire ICA team will keep hoping, keep pressing on, and keep working to provide a better chance in life for these women. Once you have seen what we have seen, there is no turning back. And we will persevere, even it means to rescue one at a time. One of the ladies I connected with, Genet, has captured my heart and I will not rest until she is safe.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Angacha, Ethiopia

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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