Crisis Aid is an extraordinary non profit! They do exactly what they say they do and thengo 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
I am now into my second year "with" ICA first just as a donor and now as a volunteer. I live in Australia so the impact from this organisation is truly global. If you are looking to support an organisation with a big heart to help, the guts to do it and financial integrity this is the one.
As an occasional volunteer I have witnessed the many acts of kindness performed by all who work at CrisisAid. I am truly impressed with the work done here in St. Louis and the world. I've never met more dedicated workers. I am honored to call them friends. I am confident all donations are used wisely where the most good can be accomplished. May God continue to bless this ministry.
I've been involved with and supporting Crisis Aid International since 2002 and in all that time Pat Bradley and the Crisis Aid staff have shown an unfailing love for the hopeless and hurting and a truly relentless desire to 'save lives, save souls and change lives', even at great risk to their own. I've seen so many lives saved and changed for the better over the years and look forward to seeing many more transformed in the years to come. Not only is Crisis Aid International faithful to the mission, they are faithful stewards of the funding they receive; consistently using funds responsibly and where it can have the greatest impact. If you're looking for an organization that truly makes a real and lasting impact, both in the U.S. and abroad, you don't need to look any further than Crisis Aid International!
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.
I have seen first hand the deep passion for their work, their unwavering commitment to helping those in need and the genuine integrity with which Crisis Aid International works. Pat Bradley and his team are people who love all people, period. They are the real deal and I'm honored to know such wonderful people with hearts to help others!
This is the only program that has been proven in my eyes to really help survivors. They have deep experience, compassion and knowledge. Most programs just buy a building, stick in staff and think that's all girls need and that's why they fail. Crisis aid does the job well
Crisis Aid is a wonderful organization, helping those locally and overseas. I have personally seen those being helped in Ethiopia by this organization. It is a wonderful program that our whole family loves being a part of.
It's amazing what GOD has done and is doing through Crisis Aid International. The staff is very caring and friendly, they always call us to thank you in person. They also let us know all the updates in their programs to help the helpless. May GOD continue to bless this ministry to spread the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST.
ICA is a remarkable organization with a heart for one; starving babies in Angatcha, Ethiopia. Taking them to a feeding center later to stabilization center and reviving both babies and mothers back to health physically and spiritualty. Also, in Addis Ababa .. ICA has orphanage for kids who lost their parents with HIV AIDS and rescue girls from sex trafficking and train and equip them to help themselves. I witnessed Pat Bradley the founder of ICA and his team doing a wonderful and notable job in Ethiopia; in all of these places I was privileged to visit while a was a volunteer a couple of months ago.
I have been acquainted with this organization for close to six years and I have nothing but great things to say about them. They have the highest integrity of any organization out there. Their purpose is to help those who can't help themselves and they do this with excellence! In my opinion this is a charity that you can contribute to knowing that the money you donated will be used with utmost care.
Crisis Aid is headed by Pat and Sue Bradley, leaders with sincere hearts and intentions that always follow through. They don't just rescue girls from human trafficking. They provide them with all they need to begin their lives again...from the basics--like food and shelter--to medical assistance and job training. The don't just feed people. They try to help them learn how to be self-sufficient. They dig into the roots of societal issues and they attack the very core of the problems. Crisis Aid and their small staff do more in a day than many others do in a lifetime. It's with complete confidence that I support this organization and get the occasional opportunity to serve alongside them. Pat and Sue are the most humble, beautiful people I have ever met and the very essence of who they are flows consistently throughout their organization.
I have known the founder Pat Bradley for many years and am familiar with his selfless dedication. I volunteered last year to be a part of this ministry. This is when I really saw how he and wife Sue give of themselves. I met the wonderful staff and many volunteers who make this ministry special. It is such a blessing to be a small part in what they do. I am confident my time and funds are given to a ministry which gives directly to those in most need. I am proud and thankful to count this wonderful group my friends. Nola Rigsby, St. Louis, MO
I started volunteering with ICA last summer. From the first time I met with Kay, responsible for donor relations, I knew I loved the organization.
In the fall of 2014 ICA began an after-school program in South St. Louis. I can honestly say volunteering at the after-school program each week was the highlight of my week! Each week, several children come to the program to read, sing, create art projects, practice roles for a drama, and share a meal together. The children are learning what it means to be a part of community and that each of them have great purpose and worth.
ICA truly has a heart for the communities they serve, whether they are in the St. Louis region or across the ocean in Ethiopia.
Not only does ICA have heart, they have integrity. The staff of ICA takes financial responsibility very seriously and their financials are always public. I can personally attest as a donor and volunteer, that your monthly donations will be used in the most responsible way possible to maximize aid for individuals in need.
I have great peace coming alongside them as a volunteer and donor to be a part of the work they’re doing. I love the important work ICA is doing at home and abroad!
Two precious hours, with two precious sponsor girls. We drove up and there they were. Waiting, waiting, just for us. Munria missed school in order to make the journey, and waited. Hana did make it to school but was there also waiting. I say girls, they were four years ago when my husband and I began their sponsorship. Now they are young women. They were so happy to see me. Lots of hugs, kisses, smiles and tears. They live with no electricity, no running water, no bed to sleep on and HIV parents who are very ill. Pretty dismal, yet they have HOPE. ICA has given them that HOPE. Because of the sponsorship program founded by ICA they have food, they are able to attend school with school supplies and uniforms. Our time together went by so quickly, however, because of ICA and the vision of one man, I will see them again in November. I can hardly wait!!! Thank you ICA for giving my husband and me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of two precious young ladies in Africa.
In 2014, I had the privilege of going on my 3rd mission trip to East Africa with Crisis Aid. Crisis Aid is one of the greatest non-profit organizations I have ever had the privilege of working with. Their heart for serving and ministering to people who are in the greatest need physically as well as spiritually is amazing to see. They go to the most remote areas imaginable and through God's hand, touch people who are at the brink of death and who have lost all hope. They bring hope! I have seen first hand the physical condition of many who were lifeless, be restored….to have food, water and a chance for life. The before and after photos you see are real. These are real people, real situations and a really great ministry, Crisis Aid, that utilizes every dime to meet the needs of people in such dire desperation. They Biblically meet the needs of the orphan, the widow, the sick, the hungry, the hopeless. I have seen first-hand the blessings God brings through this organization. I will continue to support this great non-profit financially as well as physically going to serve with them every opportunity I can. I pray others will do the same!
My family and I have had the blessed opportunity to sponsor two children through ICA for the past four years! Just seeing the amazing pictures each year of their progress both physically and spiritually has been tremendous! Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with ICA on a mission trip to Ethiopia. I have had the opportunity to work with other mission based organizations, but ICA is top-notch! From leadership all the way down to boots on the ground, their administration of funds donated to help aid people who are starving and in need of being rescued from sex trafficking is amazing! First hand, I was able to help them in starting three new feeding clinics in completely devastating areas in Ethiopia near Kenya. I was overwhelmed at the need of the people, but amazed at what God did through the care of ICA and their volunteers for those people. ICA not only meets the physical/nutritional needs of thousands, they meet health needs and most importantly the spiritual needs of those masses. I will never forget the impact ICA had on those hundreds and ultimately thousands of people we were able to assist. I remember Pat Bradley gathering our team before we began the ground work on a new feeding clinic and telling us that the need was much greater than we could imagine and see, it was overwhelming, but he reminded us that we serve ALMIGHTY GOD and he asked us to stop and pray and truly believe that our GOD could take what little we had to give, bless it and multiply it. It was a true miracle that reminded me of the boy with the loaves and fishes. After returning home and being able to see updated pictures through ICA's website and Facebook, it was totally amazing to see the physical and emotional transformation of those people. Because of Pat Bradley and the rest of his team's total commitment to seeking GOD's guidance, wisdom and blessings first for the people they assist, GOD has blessed their ministry and has allowed them to reach and change the lives of multitudes. I will always be an advocate for ICA and what they are doing within the United States and in many nations abroad! I encourage anyone who is seeking to assist financially or personally through an organization that really DOES make a noticeable difference, they should choose ICA!
What's in a name? Everything when speaking of Love & Care, an arm of International Crisis Aid. Active in their South St. Louis neighborhood, staff and volunteers provide homework help, food pantry, hot meals, school supplies, VBS, Easter Egg hunt, and more in a loving, welcoming and Christ-centered atmosphere.
ICA has a heart for helping children locally and abroad. We have a Safe House here in St.Louis that is not only rescuing girls off the streets but also provides counseling so that they are supported making significant changes in their lives. Africa is where their devotion to feeding starving children is focused. The Bradley's have important relationships in this country that help them with food deliveries.
They truly live their lives reaching out to others -- how Blessed we are !
Crisis Aide changes the lives of people everyday all over the world. I feel confident that the money and time I give makes a large impact on the lives of the poor, hungry and abused.
I am very impressed by the high level of service and integrity of Crisis Aid International. Whether on the African continent providing medical care, feeding the starving, building clean water wells, and rescuing young girls from the horrors of sex trafficking, or reaching out to the kids of Saint Louis City, directors Pat & Sue Bradley have a heart of compassion to reach out to those in need. Crisis Aid International staff & volunteers are awesome and work hard to touch lives. Volunteering with Crisis Aid International has been a blessing!
I had never heard about Crisis Aid - Safe House for Girls prior to a friend inviting me to a Monarch jewelry show. At this time the speaker told how thru the Crisis Aid Safe House they have been able to help girls that have become involved in sex trafficking for various reasons. Some of these girls are as young as 13 and range up to 20+ years. Monarch jewelry is a group of women from various churches in the St. Louis area who meet twice a week to make jewelry and the total profit from sales is given to support the Safe House. All the women are volunteers. In the year that I have been involved with this organization we have heard stories from several of the girls who have been helped and how this has dramatically changed their lives for the better. They are not only given a safe place to stay but are given help with their education; given counseling; and given help moving back into the community. This is truly a very worthwhile organization and they not only help girls from the St. Louis area but around the country if someone has heard about what they do they come here to get help.
Crisis Aid International welcomed me in as a volunteer with open arms. The staff is incredibly friendly and giving. Pat Bradley is an amazing man who is incredibly selfless and passionate about helping others. I am so thankful that there is an organization right here in St. Louis focused on helping women and children both in our own backyard and around the world. I have loved my experience volunteering with Crisis Aid International and hope to help them continue to help others far into the future.
This is a great organization with very good values and an amazing story.
International Crisis Aid has its finger on the pulse of the many needs in the world today and is actively part of providing assistance to meet those needs. ICA is well organized and fiscally responsible. The organization provides assistance through volunteers and resources to meet needs in hunger relief, orphanages, medical outposts, and efforts to rescue victims of human trafficking. My brother and sister in law have been on numerous trips to Ethiopia with ICA and have been blessed to be part of being "hands and feet" in helping others around the world.
Crisis Aid International is a wonderful organization. They do so much for so many. From helping with feeding children in other countries, that would have otherwise perished, setting up medical clinics, rescuing people from sex trafficking, to orphanages for children who have been abandoned. I have personally met the staff and the founder of the organization and they are wonderful loving people that care so much and are giving hope to those that otherwise would not have had any at all.
What a great organization with a heart for people. My family and I have had numerous opportunities to connect with ICA and serve with them abroad. From what I have observed the ICA is making great impact in a country that is poverty stricken. Whether, it is through feeding programs, an orphanage, medical clinics, or rescuing girls from sex trafficking the ICA is providing hope in a place of darkness. I would highly recommend the ICA to anyone looking to contribute to a non profit organization.
I am with a group that makes jewelry to benefit Crisis Aid. I heard Pat Bradley speak recently and I learned so more about how this wonderful organization got started. So much good comes from the work that is done in St. Louis and in Africa to help girls who have been sex trafficked through the tireless work of those involved with this amazing nonprofit. I feel honored to be a small part of an organization that contributes to Crisis Aid.
I have been making and selling jewelry through Monarch Jewelry weekly for about 4 years now to benefit Crisis Aid. This organization is much more that a fundraising business. Pat and Sue and their staff are changing the lives of young women around the world. They are like family to the countless numbers of girls rescued from sex trafficking. I am honored to be a part of raising funds and awareness here in St. Louis and have had the opportunity to connect with rescued girls here in St. Louis through the Safe House opened here 1 1/2 yrs ago.
ICA and its satff are doing amazing work nationally and internationally. Beginning in Ethiopia, they have rescued countless numbers for girls from the sex trafficing industry and have brought that same love and support to girls here in the United States. I have been honored to wittness the opening of the first rehabilitation home for girls that are trafficed here in St. Louis. Not only do they help rescue from immediate danger, but they lovingly provide extended care both mentally, emotionally and physically in a Christ centered environment. their leaders commit their heart and soul to this nonproffit and I am honored to know them.
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.
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!
Pat and Sue Bradley are my heroes. I briefly worked for International Crisis Aid, traveled abroad with them, donated to their efforts and enjoy an on-going friendship with both of them. They are careful and intentional to use every donation to it's fullest, making a positive impact on the suffering of the world, caring for people with passion, love and intentionality. I am inspired by their work and model my own non-profit after their structure and care.
Pat and Sue have done an amazing job of making ICS donations go a very long way. I know this because i get regular updates from them on the progress that is being made in the lives of so many people across the World. This non-profit is not for the faint of heart: 1) one of the first responders to the most remote regions that have fallen victim to natural disasters with the most basic needs attended to, 2) brings food and water to families in famine or drought struck regions, 3) brings medical care to untreated illness and 4) provides safe passage, builds safe houses and rehabilitation for victims of sex trafficking.
It takes great faith and a special calling to enter some of these regions and be a true force for change as well as a light of hope among such difficult circumstances. I am proud to donate to a Christian-based mission that transparently shows the true impact of donations - and brings life and light into the lives of so many. God bless them both and the staff that supports their efforts.
I volunteered with International Crisis Aid in the Summer of 2009. I went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to teach English. In the morning, I taught many impoverished children in their child sponsorship program. I witnessed the huge impact that the sponsorship has on each child's life, giving them shoes, clothes, nourishment, an education and so much more. These children came from the most devastating poverty I have witnessed, with most of them being AIDS orphans. Some of my students had big dreams of becoming doctors and engineers, dreams which would have no potential if it were not for ICA's investment in these kids' lives.
In the afternoons, I taught English in the rehabilitation homes for women and girls who were formerly prostitutes. The rehabilitation program was a godsend for so many of these beautiful young women. They were given food and clothing, a place to stay, counseling, vocational training, English language classes, and the true Love that was missing from their life for so long. The work of those programs was beautiful to behold, as women came in hardened and cynical and gradually opened up and flourished in the caring and nurturing environment. Many of the women and girls go on to get married or be gainfully employed. I still think of "my" beautiful girls and the opportunities that ICA has opened up to them. After having lives filled with so much pain and misery, ICA has given them hope. I had the privilege of transcribing a few of their stories. All of the girls recounted the first time they met Pat Bradley (the founder of ICA), and how he rescued them and showed them, for the first time, that men could be good.
One of the best things about ICA is their use of the native people to do most of the ground work. I did not see another American ICA worker during my entire time of volunteering over there. All of the programs were run by wonderful and qualified Ethiopians who did their jobs excellently. I
Nothing has changed my life as significantly as my trip to Addis and my front-row seat into the work of ICA. They are changing lives around the world, and it was incredible to witness. After seeing ICA up close and personal, I could not respect the organization more... The efficiency and transparency with which ICA handle their funds and resources is phenomenal.
I have also had the privilege of meeting Pat Bradley, the founder of the organization, and have nothing but the best things to say about him. His humility, generosity and love for all people could not be more evident. He and his team are giving hope thousands of people around the world. I cannot sing the praises of ICA enough!
Phenomenal. Easily one of the best non-profits on the planet. The amount of impact International Crisis Aid Inc has had on the world with their resources has not and will not be matched for many years to come.
Transparency, effectiveness, efficiency. As a donor to many different ministries and foundations, ICA consistently has exceeded my expectations. I have confidence in Pat and Susan and Dane that when funds are needed and utilized that good stewardship prevails. Whether gently assuming responsibility of a St Louis inner city ministry or attending the weddings of young Ethiopian ladies rescued from slavery, this ministry does it right!
I went to Ethiopia with International Crisis Aid in 2009. I am from London, England but found out about the organization through Joyce Meyer Ministries. Put simply, that trip changed my life. There are a couple of things that struck me about ICA but one of the main things was that rather than coming to Ethiopia and 'taking over,' they connected with a local Ethiopian church and Ethiopian doctors who run the clinics and other programs on the ground. It's the idea of partnership that really struck me and ICA is truly making waves in that nation.
The work with the poor in rural areas, sponsoring children in poor families, the health clinic and the work with women who have been sex-trafficked. It is truly transforming a nation. I love the fact that the staff just get on with it, no fanfare, no fancy advertising campaigns with high administrative costs (when I went in 2009 there were only 2 paid members of staff in the US office, with 98% of all monies going directly into the programs ICA runs) just helping the people, because as they put it 'love had no boundaries.'
ICA is such an amazing ministry. After hearing about their work almost 3 years ago, my daughter (then only 7 years old) was so impacted by their ministry, especially the girls they help, that she felt burdened to help in any way we could to further ICA's impact. Although I feel like what we are able to do with our time & finances are only a drop in the bucket, the team at ICA is so encouraging, honoring and truly grateful for everything we help with, especially for the efforts of my daughter, which has been so important for her to see the impact she can have at a young age. Every person I have worked at ICA, from the CEO down, is humble & just plain honored to be serving as God's hands & feet here in St. Louis and around the world. I have never seen so much integrity & humility in a ministry. I am truly humbled & blessed for my entire family to play even a small part in such an amazing ministry not only for the work they do but also for the way they do it. ICA is top notch in every aspect. Thank you, ICA, for having such a profound impact not only on the world, but also on my family.
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.
I started getting involved with ICA about 2 plus years and have been wowed everytime I come in contact with them. They never take any credit and are the most sincere, down to earth, loving people that I have ever worked with. I joined Monarch Jewelry when I learned about this organization and what they stand for. Other volunteers at our church make this beautiful jewelry to sell and the proceeds go to help ICA support their safe home for girls saved from sex trafficking. What a mission! These girls need all of the help that everyone can do. God needs our help and so does ICA. We work closely with ICA in a lot of ways and hope that we can make a difference in a girls life. I have worked with other charities and they are so impersonal and you are just a volunteer to them. Not ICA, you become friends and not just with the other volunteers or office staff but with Pat and Sue Bradley too. They also care about your life and what they can do to help you. So, it isn't a one way street. They are just genuine and loving people to work for.
I have visited Ethiopia with ICA and have supported a child for several years. Everyone in the organization is rock solid and has a deep love for the work they do and the people they serve. Integrity and openness are key values in the organization. Pat has a special gift of finding people that no one else is helping, whether in Africa, the Middle East or Haiti. When Joyce Meyer was visiting a feeding center in Ethiopia, Pat was able to find a severely malnourished child for the video team. Standing back watching the events, I was stunned when Pat shared his excitement: not with Joyce and Dave Meyer's presence at the program but with finding one more child that needed to be in the feeding program! ICA is a feet on the ground, make a difference, do the work and save a life kind of organization.
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!
ICA cares about those children in need. Many people at our church purchase Monarch jewelry to support their Safe House for victims of sex trafficking. When I volunteered at my church in the past, some of the members of this organization spoke about the hardships they have seen and the help that children and their families received. Great Organization!!!!
We have a non-profit ministry called, "Monarch" which increases awareness and provides funds for the ICA Safe Home in St. Louis through the sale of jewelry & accessories. We have been supporting ICA for two and a half years and because of their integrity, radical commitment to financial accountability & wisdom and, most importantly, their heart to help others which flows from the love of the Lord, we agreed a year ago to solely give ALL our profits to ICA!
Unlike many partnerships which turn out to be a "one- way benefit" ICA works to help us succeed in our mission as well. We have partnered together for awareness events in our community as well as vendor shows to sell our jewelry. Several ladies who are part of Monarch also serve at ICA on a regular basis. We have also had the awesome privilege of serving at the Safe Home by decorating it for Christmas (& providing Christmas baskets for the girls), teaching some rescued young women in the Safe Home to make a bracelet, assisting with their Walk/Run fundraiser and providing a space for their 10th Anniversary Celebration. What they do is always done in a fashion that does not put the lime light on the organization, but rather those they are serving ... we feel like we're doing this together!
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.
I have been doing their 5K for freedom and doing what I can as far as advocacy and volunteering for ICA for a long time now. As a single mother with limited resources it is hard to find ways to feel like you are giving back and this is one of the few nonprofits I have worked with that makes you feel like you are really helping whether you can give a thousand dollars or only a few hours of your time. The people who work here full time are some of the most amazing, genuine people I have ever met. As someone with a 5 year old daughter I can't say enough how thankful I am for their SAFE program. To think that there are little girls out there that are my daughters age being brought into child sex trafficking every 2 minutes... Thank God there are groups like ICA who are dedicated to saving these babies.
I have worked with a lot of charity's in my life but this one is my new focus. I am a single mom and unemployed right now so I can't always do as much as I would like to abut I can advocate and that is something that ICA gives you the chance to do. When you hear about children being trafficked for the pleasure of grown men... That is the most disgusting, destructive things you could ever imagine. But ICA is working to save these kids and if I can help in even a small way, that is awesome!!! Thank you ICA for allowing me and so many others the privilege of helping to save these kids, even if only by spreading awareness.
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.
I have witnessed first hand the incredible work that ICA does. They have so much compassion and love for what they do. They are dedicated and driven to make a difference. They are the definition of selfless. They stay long hours in the office or leave their families and loved ones for months just to feed another child or give another sex slave a bed. The work they do with sex trafficking victims is incredible. I went on a trip with them to aid the trafficked victims and they have such a brilliant program that really works. It's practical and gives women a clean slate in life. They go there with the
Message of love in their hearts and preach compassion and value and worth to those women. They make sure the women know they are loved and valued beyond any price tag. They work so hard to raise money for those safe homes and they make sure no woman is left behind. Every rescued girl
I met exuded joy and love. They call pat Bradley, the founder, father and consider the staff family. It's truly beautiful how ICA is changing the world.
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.
I have been to Ethiopia several times with ICA. Each time we go we see what a difference ICA has made
in many family's there. Our first trip there was a set of twins that we found in the crowd that would have died from starvation if they had not been found. I am talking in a few day's, that's how bad they were. ICA
took these kids into the program and starting helping feed the whole family along with the twins. Upon arriving at the medical clinic the second trip these kids were there and they were healthy. As we have been 4 times now we see what a difference ICA has made to the community. My wife and I sponsor 4
children through the child sponsorship program. And to see the progress they have made is awesome.
There are so many things I would like to comment on from working at orphanage, working at feeding clinics, also working with ICA and girls caught up in sex trafficking. Every facet of this organization is extremely well ran. To see what they can do with so little is amazing. and the heart of there staff is a
blessing to all who come in contact with them. ICA does so much more than just hand out food,
they try to teach the people of Ethiopia how to help themselves. Construction ICA does is performed
by locals in the villages which is a great help to all the families there. Any and all donations no matter
how big are small are use to the fullest. As a person that has been blessed to get to go there, thank you ICA for who you are, also for going to places where others won't go. And for living out everyday your
motto: LOVE HAS NO BOUNDRIES. If you are thinking of donating to ICA you won't regret it. LOVE LOVE
LOVE this organization.
I have had the pleasure to serve in multiple capacities for this organization over the past few years. I am blown away each and every time that I have seen the work that they are doing to meet the needs of the people they give aid to. I know that ever minute that I spend or every dollar that I give will be maximized in the specific area of need. It is truly a wonderful organization.
ICA is an amazing organization and I had the honor to join them in Ethiopia, I was blown away at the work they did and continue to do there. I was in awe of how the community in Ethiopia was cared for by ICA, and loved and respected the care they were receiving. I feel in love with Ethiopia, and ICA opened my eyes to trafficking and have given me a desire to care for young girls who are victims locally and internationally. I pray I can join them on a future trip. It was the greatest trip of my life! Life changing!
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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.
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.
I have had the honor of working along side International Crisis Aid in Haiti in 2010 and Ethiopia in 2011. I have been beyond impressed at how ICA sees a need and finds a solution quickly without question. Their love for every person is a tangible expression of the organizations' mission: "Love knows no bounds." It is the heartbeat behind everything they do and its an honor to see that love in action.
I have had the opportunity to work with several mission ordinations in the past 15 years. Some of them have been great experiences and some just experiences. The difference is leadership... ICA has top notch leadership. Serving along side them I had the chance to see the passion, determination, and desire to fulfill the mission God has called them to. When you see solid leadership in place with a clear vision and great passion... Great things happen... God things happen. Don't miss out, help support or go on a trip with ICA.
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 am the missions pastor at Victory World Church and our church has partnered with Pat and ICA on several high resource projects in Ethiopia and Haiti. Without exception, we have always been pleased with the kingdom results of these collaborations . I have personally spent time with Pat on the ground in Haiti directly after the earthquake, as well as in Ethiopia, and found him to be a man of faith, passion and integrity. I also have had the privilege of working on site with a couple of board members for ICA, and found them to passionately committed to the mission of ICA. I work with and have associations with numerous non-profits, and I would place ICA at the top of my list. My recommendation for this organization is without reservation ... whatsoever!
I have been volunteering at ICA for several months. I enjoy my time here and feel like I am contributing to a very worthy cause. Pat, Sue and the rest of the staff are great! Their love and passion for hurting people around the globe is inspiring.
I work for a non-profit ministry that has supported ICA for the past ten years. During that time I've seen first hand how ICA uses the funds it has been entrusted with. This ministry has continuously handled itself with great integrity and wisdom. If you want to make a difference in someones life then donate to ICA.
I volunteered to work on the ICA 5 K Run for the last couple years and I was always impressed with the energy and commitment of the ICA Staff towards their mission. They are all wonderful people who work tirelessly to help others with their talent and treasure. I have personally known Pat Bradley for over 20 years and I must say he is at the top of the heap when it comes to helping others, and enlisting others to help!
I had the privilege of going on 3 relief trips to Ethiopia with ICA. It is an incredible organization with the donations really going to the people. They have the local connections to see that real, meaningful, relief, and follow-up makes to it them. This is an organization who has not only heart but fiscal responsibility to match.