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!
Sue & Pat Bradley are the most selfless people I have ever known. Their dedication to the community, both near and abroad continues to amaze me. God bless both of them!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.