We have never felt more confident in giving our finanicial support to an organization. We are so Thankful to be able to be apart of some of the amazing God things that ICA is doing around the world. ICA doesn't just see needs or problems to fix they see people and they start there. ICA loves God's children well!!
Great organization. Confidence that funds are spent for purposes intended. administrative expense is kept at bare minimum, good communication on projects, Director and Board Members personally involved, and do projects where others may not go.
We have been donors to ICA for more than 7 years and I have been on 3 missions to Ethiopia with Pat. We know and trust their work. Sue and Pat, and everyone associate with ICA are great. They are doing Christ's work here on earth.
I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia during the mid-70's and was excited about the opportunity to get involved with Pat and Sue Bradley and ICA. My wife and I have been donors for for more than 5 years and I have participated in 3 mission trips as a journalist to Ethiopia with ICA; the most recent in May 2011, with our son. ICA is an excellent organization, doing wonderful work in Ethiopia. I only wish that we could do more to support their mission.
My friend Sherie and her son visited Ethiopia several years ago. From her experience, meeting Pat Bradley, she and her son each adopted a child from Ethiopia. Sherie shared the details of her trip, from having a party with the girls at the orphanage, to visiting where the people International Crisis Aid supports, and even the sex trafficking area. I really felt for the people there and the children. Sherie really sold me. She start showing me pictures of girls (I'm partial to girls, I have 3 daughters) I could sponsor. I prayed about it, and then decided to do it. I love the letters I get from International Crisis Aid and from Kalkidane. I know if I had to live like they do, I couldn't do it. It's the least I can do, to support a child.
My wife and I added International Crisis Aid as one of our supported charities a couple of years ago. This organization may not have the visability of many major relief charities but, from what we can see, is doing far more with the resources available to them than most similar organizations. I am so thankful that Pat and Sue Bradley are giving their lives to such a great cause and thank God for allowing my wife and I to help with our donations.
In 2012, I joined ICA on a mission trip to Ethiopia. It was beyond description! There is much that could be written, but it is sufficient to say their impact is huge. The work that ICA does is literally saving people from death and transforming lives.
The main focus of the trip was to help girls who are being sexually trafficked and to encourage those currently living at ICA’s Safe Homes. The need is immense as there are thousands of girls forced to work in the Red Light District in Addis Ababa. It was amazing to see the vast difference a few months can make in the life of a young woman. The girls who have been rescued are now being restored. They have joy unshakable and are generous beyond expectations.
ICA also runs an orphanage for girls whose parents have died of AIDS. This beautiful home keeps girls at risk out of the Red Light District.
Sex trafficking is a horrid reality not only in Africa, but also in many countries around the world, including the United States. In December, 2012 ICA opened their first U.S. Safe Home in the city where I live. My first experience with ICA compelled me to continue serving with them. It is a privilege to invest my time, skills and financial resources to help save, heal and deliver people into a life that it is truly life!
I first learned about ICA in our city newspaper. I was very impressed with what I learned about them and further research confirmed that they were reputable. I have always been leary about nonprofits and careful with where I send my money. After more than 8 years of supporting only ICA, I continue to be amazed and blessed with the work they do. I wish I could so much more to support them as I am confident that they use the money I entrust to them with great care.
I first learned of International Crisis Aid through the Joyce Meyer ministry. After looking at their financial 'pie chart' & seeing about over 95% of the donations goes to the poor and needy, I called them. I asked if they help with birth prevention like birth control pill and tubal ligation. This might seem... rigid, but I would not want to see my child starve to death, that's harder than having myself starve! So it seems logical to not only feed but prevent further starvation by propagation. the staff are personal 7 they explained they offer teaching and direction to medical assistance. I tithe on a monthly basis.
My husband and I have given to ICA on a personal level, out of our business for 2 years as well as our church body supports ICA monthly. We only wish we had more money to put into them. The work they do goes beyond a single need. They meet the physical, financial, spiritual, and emotional needs of those they reach. They meet need in US as well as foreign. I know firsts hand that they handle every penny with great integrity. The heart, soul and sweat of this organization is one to be modeled after.
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.
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.