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International Crisis Aid Inc

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Causes: Human Services, International, International Relief, Job Training, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Victims Services

Mission: SAVING LIVES, SAVING SOULS, AND CHANGING FUTURES.

Results: Crisis Aid has served more than 2 million people worldwide including more than 860 survivors of sex trafficking. Today we serve more than 15,000 people every month in East Africa and Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. We are committed to “helping the helpless” with relief efforts both locally and globally. We equip those who are beyond the crisis to take responsibility by providing programs which train, inspire and move them to independent, self-reliant living. The Crisis Aid Family is large and growing and we invite you who refuse to “do nothing” to join in our mission to impact lives, souls and futures! With your partnership, the prayers and dreams of thousands of children and families will be answered. YOU CAN PROVIDE HOPE TODAY.

Target demographics: Whether it be famine, disease, natural disaster or sex trafficking, Crisis Aid is there SAVING LIVES, SAVING SOULS AND CHANGING FUTURES.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 180,690 people

Geographic areas served: Today Crisis Aid concentrates efforts in East Africa and the United States serving children and families who are in crisis situations.

Programs: nutritional feeding programs; medical clinics; children’s home for orphans and vulnerable children; child sponsorship program; Refuge homes and vocational training programs for female victims of sex trafficking; water wells; children’s programs; disaster relief projects; and more.

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Crisis Aid is probably the most amazing nonprofit I have gotten to know, and I believe the Lord is using the organization to accomplish his will in Ethiopia. I visited Ethiopia with a group of donors and Crisis Aid's founder, Pat Bradley, in June 2018 and was blown away by the breadth and effectiveness of ministries they operate in the country. More importantly, we heard countless firsthand stories about the impact Crisis Aid is making, saving lives, giving hope, and spreading the gospel. There is almost no overhead to the organization at all - and a dollar goes extremely far in the country. I am excited to continue donating, and helping Crisis Aid raise money through my network so this work can continue for years to come.

Lance K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the honor to spend a week with the founder of Crisis Aid International in East Africa to experience first hand all the work they have been doing over there for 15 years now. I was blown away at the breadth of their organization and the huge positive impact that they are making in the lives of the local people. I can personally validate that every dollar given to Crisis Aid towards one of their projects is either literally saving a life or changing someone's life forever. This organization is going into areas of East Africa where there are no other organizations providing aid. The best way I can describe it is that they're going into the heart of darkness and shining a light of hope so that these wonderful people can start dreaming instead of just surviving. It's beautiful. It's a privilege for me to be supporting this organization. - Lance Karnan

Donor

Rating: 5

Crisis Aid is an extraordinary non profit! They do exactly what they say they do and then
go above and beyond. Feeding the starving and malnourished. Providing clean water to those who draw out of a mud hole. Saving women from being abused sexually with no hope of ever getting out!!! They use every dime to it's utmost benefit for those truly in need.
I am humbled and honored to be able to be apart of Crisis Aid International.
Debra Mills

Donor

Rating: 5

The gentleman who started and runs Crisis Aid attends my church. We've held multiple fundraisers for the organization, and Pat has spoken at church multiple times. He and all involved are people of integrity and honesty. I have nothing but respect for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a member of a medical mission team in remote Ethiopia that partnered with International Crisis Aid (ICA) for a week. I saw and experienced first hand the incredible humanitarian work this organization consistently does with overwhelming, loving care. Witnessing the personal" hands on" approach that Pat Bradley (CEO and founder) tirelessly demonstrated on a daily basis was heart warming. Pat worked relentlessly,side by side with us, as we treated many hundreds of patients each day. He identified countless malnourished children that he immediately enrolled in the family feeding program that his organization administers. We met several girls that were rescued by ICA from the sex slave trade. These girls had graduated from high school and were now being vocationally trained. ICA is a far superior non-profit, humanitarian organization .Fiscally responsible and sound. ONE OF THE BEST!!

Ginger Dean A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have witnessed personally the lives that were touched and changed by this non-profit. From starving children, to villages with filthy water, to sex trafficking of children, ICA extended resources that were both life-saving and life affirming. Their work has created clear pathways for people in several countries to build a new life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been on 3 trips to Ease Africa with International Crisis Aid and was amazed at the work we were able to accomplish. Pat Bradley shared his testimony and vision with the group each year and his heart for the people of not only Africa but all over the world touched my heart. I have supported this organization since then because I want to be a part of such a great work meeting people's needs and setting them free from bondage through Jesus Christ, whether poverty or slavery. This organization strives to be fiscally responsible, keeping administrative costs at a bare minimum while caring for thousands of people in desperate conditions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had 3 opportunities to partner with ICA providing medical care in East Africa. The poverty level is astounding but the ability to enter starving children and their families into a feeding program was a tangible solution to a very real problem. Those too malnourished to eat were taken to the new pediatric hospital that ICA built in partnership with JMM.
I also attended the graduation of women rescued from a life of prostitution. The hope and pride shown by these beautiful women as they spoke of the skills they had acquired and the jobs they were taking warmed my heart! ICA is building a home that will enable them to offer help to even more girls.
Wonderful organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

We get monthly updates. Of ongoing work. Representatives call at least twice a year to see if we need any information about the work they are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Crisis Aid is top notch. I know the founder and the staff personally, and you couldn’t ask for a better group of people. This organization helps the helpless and expects nothing in return. I know that my donations are being put to good use and every dollar is maximized to its fullest potential.

Key W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The small staff are the kindest people with the largest hearts for others. They help people in need locally and all the way around the world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Crisis Aid by way of Monarch jewelry for many years, so I have been able to get to know this amazing team of people. When you walk in the doors of this small office with a small staff, you are always greeted with a smile and a hug! I am constantly amazed at the positive, life changing impact on the world this small organization with a big heart has. The fact that the FBI went to Crisis Aid to open a safe home in St Louis says it all. Their love and compassion for people is so evident in all they do. They are true servants and carry the love and the word of Christ wherever they go.

Donor

Rating: 5

Crisis international works in the U.S. and abroad. Their stories about helping to stop human trafficking really touched my heart. It's nice to know my donation is going to the cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

A representative from the Refuge Home came to our church and told us what they have been doing right here in our neighborhood to rescue girls from trafficking. They are also offering shelter, aid and hope in crisis situations world wide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to work with Sue and Pat Bradley as a nurse in Ethiopia for several medical trips they hosted. They have the biggest heart's, and they show the love God had for all of the people all over the world. They feed the poor and hungry and rescue women from of life of prostitution to try to support themselves.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been with this Group on many trips to East Africa and seen first hand how they spend our money. They. Squeeze every penny. This is a great organization to help with. Looking forward to many more experiences with ICA. So much need in East Africa very dollar makes a difference in lives. They are also in US doing a great work here also. Please pray about giving to them, they are awesome.

Jean T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful people doing wonderful work locally and around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been affiliated with Crisis Aid since inception. I have traveled to two locations where aid is being provided. The use of donations to this organization have direct oversight. I know of no other organization where our donations will have a bigger impact on lives that are in crisis. That is why we continue to stay affiliated with this organization.

We personally know two board members and know that their life style emulates their oversight of this organization. Without reservation we recommend Crisis Aid International.

Attached is a picture I can't forget. These are the shoes of orphans that survived the 2010 Haiti earth quake. Their shoes are drying in the sun after the filth of the earthquake was washed from them. Many other orphans did not survive the earthquake. I have witnessed Crisis Aid providing help to the helpless in areas that larger organizations cannot reach.

Dave and Gaye Bennett, Houston Texas

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first interaction with Crisis Aid was in 2009. I had a friend who had spent the summer of 2008 photographing children for the Crisis Aid sponsorship program. The photos told a story of how Crisis Aid traveled all over East Africa to help families. After viewing the photos I had to learn more about what they were doing. In 2009, my husband and I made our first trip to East Africa with Crisis Aid. It was life changing. I had been to 3rd world countries before, never had I observed the level of desperation that was present in East Africa. The Crisis Aid team never thought or ALLOWED us to believe it was just too much. They see starvation they will do what it takes to bring substance. They stare at death and say not one more child to simple curable disease. They see young hopeless women trapped in sex trafficking and make Safe Homes and Trade schools so they find hope. I am also humbled to have served along side many of the staff of Crisis Aid. This is an NGO that works. No one including the CEO sits in a high rise office collecting millions. If I donate $1.00, I know at least .85 goes to actual programs. I fully believe in what Crisis Aid is doing. I have seen with my own eyes how they make a difference.
Be the Light
Diane Ethridge

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IN 2014 My husband and I made our 6th trip to East Africa with International Crisis Aid. We have been able to see the difference that their programs make. The children we sponsor through ICA are growing physically, spiritually and are doing great in their classes in school. The girls in the ICA sponsored Orphanage are happy, healthy and are growing up to be strong women who will serve their country well. I can't say enough about the girls, some very young, that have been rescued out of the sex trade. Both in other countries and in our own USA. Because of ICA, these girls have a safe home, where they are not beaten, abused, and used for the sick purposes of others. Without ICA, these young girls would still be out on the street, trying just to stay alive. I appreciate that ICA puts all their information on their website. If you want to know how much ICA spends for administration expenses, go to their website, You will be amazed that they do so much and yet the cost is so little. You won't find million dollar salaries at this NGO! International Crisis Aid is the real deal. They love, they go, they give. If you have an opportunity to help International Crisis Aid, please do so. The dollars you donate today will make a difference in the lives of so many tomorrow.

Chris I.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen the inner-workings of this great organization having spent time in the headquarters office in St. Louis with the staff. The motto of "saving lives, saving souls, and changing futures" is truly lived out amongst the staff, and the organization is well run and dollars go straight to the people that need it most! Also having traveled to East Africa to see some of the ministry in action myself, going into some of the hardest to reach places, I found and spoke with people whose lives truly have been changed, both physically and spiritually! What a blessing it is to partner with such a great organization.

Dane W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been an honor to work with Crisis Aid and the people they serve. Serving the poorest of the poor in some of the most difficult places in the world, Crisis Aid brings them hope and treats them with the dignity they rarely see. This non profit is impacting the world in a unique and inspiring way. it is truly worthy of your partnership.