May 14, 2010
I first became interrested in International Crisis Aid (ICA) thru a friend who had spent a summer working with them in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She took bio's and pictures of children for the sponsorship program. When I saw the pictures, heard the stories, I knew the time had come when I could no longer turn the channel or page away from the images because it hurt too much to view it. My husband and myself picked a child to sponsor encourage others to do so. After going online and researching, we were/are able to recommend International Crisis Aid as an NGO who uses ALL donations properly. They have a very small staff and at least 90 cents out of every dollar goes toward the programs. In October of 2009, we were able to be part of a trip to Ethiopia. We saw how ICA is using every donation to make a difference. The feeding program at Medical CLinic that most of the people walked at least 10 miles to get to. This clinic is the only source of help/hope for too many miles to count. This clinic is being run at such a high standard that it is rated higher than most hospitals in Ethiopia. How can I begin to explain what the experience of helping to feed starving people is? I can say that each person who received food thru ICA was treated with the utmost respect and care. During the week I was able to work along side Pat Bradley the founder of ICA and staff members. At the clinic, orphanage, girls homes and while we were going thru the Red Light District, you can see what a difference ICA has made in lives in Ethiopia. For the girls at the orphanage, ICA has given them a safe place to grow, learn and develop into strong women who will make a difference in their country. For the girls rescued from the Red Light District, ICA has given them a safe home for themselves and their children. They no longer have to sell their bodies. They are being taught skills that will enable them to work at a occupation they are proud of. To build a life that is free and full of hope. For the people who now have a safe, clean Health Clinic, ICA is the difference between life and death. For the child or family that will eat today that didn't yesterday, ICA is truely all that stands certain starvation. For each of us that went in October, we will forever be changed because we see what love can do. As a Christian, I believe ICA is truely loving others as Jesus loved/loves us.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The peace it has given me to know that thru International Crisis Aid I can make a difference in the life of someone.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & Helped to distribute food (wheat flour) at Medical Clinic in Angacha, Ethiopia. Helped to build fense and put up play ground for girls at orphanage in Addis Abba, was able to be a part of group that took girls shoe shopping. Met with girls rescued from s.