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International Crisis Aid Inc
May 22, 2014

My husband and myself have donated to ICA for the past 7 years. This year we will make our 6th trip to Ethiopia with ICA. Each year we have seen with our own eyes the difference in the people. There is still much work to be done and we have the trust in ICA to see it does. Each child they feed, each girl they rescue, each orphan they care for and each person who gets medical care is part of the family that ICA cares for. " To the world I may be one person, but to one person I may be the world." Pat Bradley.

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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?

2014

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Volunteer

International Crisis Aid Inc
September 5, 2013

I have had the pleasure to go on several trips with this amazing organization. This year 2013 will be the 5th trip to Ethiopia for my husband and myself. Each year we have seen with our own eyes the difference that ICA is making. The Health Clinic's, the Feeding Programs, the Safe Homes, and the Orphanage are all making a difference in a country where there are so little resources. As a Christian, I believe it is a command from God to take care of those who are hurting. ICA answers that call in action, not just with words. I have been impressed from the beginning of supporting ICA that so little of what we give goes to administration. When I give $1.00 at least .91 goes to the actual program I am supporting. That is so rare in this day and time. Pat Bradley and his team search out ways to help others AND stay accountable. I was shocked last year when our team went into a place in Ethiopia where everyone, young and old were dying from starvation. In 4 years, we had seen places that were really heartbreaking, but nothing compared to what we saw in 2012. Pat assessed the situation and then gathered us, we were told that unless a miracle happened, most of the people we could see would be dead within 2 weeks. We prayed and then went to work. I looked up and a father who was so thin a breeze would have knocked him over was standing in front of me. On his back was one of his children who was so starved and swollen she couldn't walk. We called Pat over and he immediately got the family into a place where they could receive immediate help without being overrun. Most of us have never seen a person so swollen from starvation that their skin was splitting open. I hate knowing that all over the world children are dying from lack of something most of us take for granted, food. ICA is doing something about it. If it seems impossible, if no one else will go, ICA flourishes in those places. The family, 4 weeks later after being placed into the feeding program a picture was taken. Most people seeing her would have thought she was near death because she was still so thin. I saw what God has given her thru the work of ICA. LIFE!

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

International Crisis Aid Inc
April 10, 2012

This October will be the 4th year that my husband and I have gone to Ethiopia with International Crisis Aid. After that first trip, our church Watermark Church in Ashford, AL has put together a team to go every year. From the very 1st time we were convinced that this is the place, this is the organization where we need to send our funds and spend our time. We had just been blessed with our 2 of our grandchildren that year and when we got off the bus in Angatcha at ICA's Medical Clinic and seeing, touching so many starving babies was shocking to say the least. It was very humbling to know that at home our babies had plenty to eat and health care while so many died from lack of food and simple care. ICA is making a difference. I know because the following year and every year since we get to see the babies and children who the year before were near death and now are smiling little miracles. One of the greatest things we get to participate in while in Ethiopia with ICA is work at their orphanage. The 17 girls and their house mothers have become a large part of our lives. We get to work a good part of each week in Ethiopia at the orphanage. We have played with and been loved by each girl. It's a blessing to see each one growing up to be strong Ethiopia women. While we are at the orphanage we have done projects like, building a fence and playground for the girls and we've painted the entire building inside. One of the best times we have is when we get to take the girls shoe shopping. Each year our church takes up money to buy each girl new shoes. Loading up 17 girls, their house moms and all of the volunteers is a job in it's self. ICA does a great job in making sure each one has a great time shopping. Just like little girls all over the world they like to shoe shop! By far the hardest and most rewarding time spent in Ethiopia has been working with the girls who are caught in sex trafficking. There is no way I can begin to tell you what the "red light" district in Addis Abba looks, feels, and smells like. These young girls most start at the age of 11 or younger are not in this place because they want to be. It is an evil that Pat Bradley the founder of ICA decided had to be stopped. He and ICA are making a difference, one young life at a time. ICA has opened Safe Homes for the girls that are being rescued. Those young women are given, health care, what ever school they need, training in several different trades and most important love. Meeting the young women and girls, hearing their stories and then seeing them grow over the last 4 years has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. They know hope. ICA has other note worthy programs that you can check out on their website. They are an example of what a GREAT NGO should look like. Their administrative cost are purposely kept low in order that most of their funds go to the programs. Over 90% go to the actual programs, like feeding, health care, safe homes, orphan care and others. I know my life and many others have been changed for good in the most positive way since I accepted the gift of Jesus.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer