International Crisis Aid Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   83 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

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.

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

Make them larger so they could reach more of those in great need.

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2013

 
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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.

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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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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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I have been blessed to go to Ethiopia with International Crisis Aid twice, and will return for a third trip in a couple weeks. One thing that really stands out to me about ICA is how instead of just focusing on one particular issue or problem, they have implemented a variety of programs and have produced amazing results. In the Angacha region of Ethiopia, they have provided clean drinking water, a feeding program, a medical clinic, and have begun construction on a hospital. This well-rounded approach has truly transformed an entire community and it's incredible thing to witness. Whenever someone asks me what I see and do in Ethiopia, it's hard to decide what to tell them about first. In addition to Angacha, I have also had the opportunity to see the other programs ICA has in Addis Ababa -- the outreach in the red light district, the SAFE homes, the girls' orphanage, the child sponsorship program... the list of accomplishments just goes on and on. I have such peace of mind supporting ICA because I have seen myself the quality and extent of care that ICA provides.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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As a donor of ICA, I am impressed by their constant involvement with their donors. Between their newsletters, facebook updates and other communication with ICA, their work is always visible. Everyone at ICA is truly passionate about helping hurting and needy people. I love how they go where other organizations are not going. Their commitment and integrity should be present in all non-profit work. They are doing tremendous work throughout the world.

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2012

 
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My husband and I have had the privilege of knowing Pat and Sue Bradley from ICA for many years now. We met through our church, Victory World Church, in Norcross, GA. We were blessed to have been able to join Pat in Ethiopia a couple of years ago with our son, to personally see the work they are doing there. The ministry is growing and the vision that ICA has in reaching and ministering to people all over the world is coming to pass right before our eyes. We appreciate the honesty and integrity in which ICA functions. This ministry is certainly a testimony of how our support keeps on giving.

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

Our church built a well for the people of Ethiopia.

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

No changes

Was your donation impactful?

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?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Orphaned children, starving people and sex trade going on with young innocent girls who are actually still children.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

No better time.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This is a very worthwhile ministry who's dollars go directly to the mission at hand and without hardly any overhead, and is very successful in carrying out the vision.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have wholeheartedly supported ICA since 2002 and went on a medical mission with them in 2008. I was so moved by their work there I was inspired to write a book about it (Where There Is No Comfort: Seven Days in Ethiopia). They are making a real and lasting difference in the world by saving and transforming lives and bringing hope where there is none.

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2012

 
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I have the privilege of having known Pat for many years and his organization ICA since its inception as a donor and a member on a few trips to Ethiopia. Pat has instilled in the ICA organization the compassion for the lost and the integrity he has as a person. Through his leadership many a life has changed, and saved. For me there is no greater joy than to contribute to support ICA's efforts in the US and abroad, and to get personally involved where and when I can. Get involved and expect to catch Pat's vision, compassion an enthusiasm!

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

Ethiopia: addis ababa, angacha and hadero

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

Recruit more donors so we can expand the programs

Was your donation impactful?

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?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I had donated before going on my first trip; after I personally saw the mpact ICA is making I decided to make ICA the main recipient of my giving.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Just get involved and expect to be swept away in a sea of emotions seeing first hand the plight of so many unfortunate fellow hman beings, and make a difference by personally stepping in to help. There are many ways to help, just try ......

 
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I have had the wonderful privilege of working with ICA for over a year now. It is easy to link arms with any organization that is totally committed to rescuing girls from the horrors of sex trafficking. They are making great strides in bringing this issue into the light so others can join the cause. I am also particularly impressed that 93% of all donations go directly to relief efforts. That is the highest percentage I have ever seen in a non-profit agency. It clearly demonstrates how dedicated they are to honor the money that was given for the expressed purpose of combating human suffering. For that reason, my husband and I are regular monthly donors to ICA. We take great comfort in knowing that our contribution will be used to help girls who have been rescued from the sex trade industry. Pat and Sue Bradley have always treated me with the utmost respect and are a true pleasure to work with. They are the most authentic people I have ever met in my many years of ministry. It is my great honor to know them!

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

I was in awe of ICA's quick response to the Haiti earthquake victims. Within one week they were able to help orphans receive food, medicine and shelter. They also committed to helping rebuild the orphanage after it was demolished in the quake.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open and maintain safe houses in the US for girls who have been rescued from the sex-trade industry!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

When I became acquainted with International Crisis Aid and met Pat Bradley in 2005, I was not only impressed with the compassion behind their efforts, but also with the effectiveness and efficiency of their organization. Within months, our organization began making monthly contributions in support of their work. When Pat talked with us about the growing sex traffic trade and shared his organization’s vision to rescue girls from its horrors, we didn’t hesitate to help financially. We knew they would work tirelessly to not only rescue victims from the immediate horror, but that they would also provide safe shelter, medical care, education and training to literally give these girls new lives. That is exactly what they are doing. I have read the reports, heard the testimonials, and seen the videos of what is being accomplished in Ethiopia and Cambodia. We are grateful for ICA’s courageous efforts and are thankful for the opportunity to have a part in the work they are doing. I hope we can play an even bigger part in the days ahead by giving more and sending volunteer teams to assist in the work.

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

Because ICA does such a great job of communicating with donors through newsletters and email, we have been able to see the value of our partnership with them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

dramatically increase the scope of their operations and see an exponential increase in lives rescued!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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