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 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 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.
For years I have donated my time and money to various non-profit organizations, however, ICA has proven to be my favorite organization to be involved with. I was introduced to ICA four years ago and since that time have gotten to know the founders Pat and Sue Bradley. Their passion and integrity exceeds anything and anyone I have ever known. It has been my extreme privilege to volunteer for them both in the US and in Ethiopia. They handle the contributions with utmost care and hold a high standard of excellence for the money distribution to the various projects they take on. I feel safe knowing that they maintain superior accountability to their board and donor base. Without hesitation I would recommend ICA to anyone who is looking for a non-profit agency to become involved with either monetarily or as a volunteer.
At the request of my sister, I offered some time to help set up an office and filing system when ICA grew beyond what could be handled from the home office of Pat and Sue Bradley. This led to learning and believing in the mission, values and work God has directed for ICA. Although I have not been on a mission trip, I am thankful for the support role I can offer in helping provide for orphans, widows, young girls and hungry families in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
International Crisis Aid is easily the best non-profit that I have not only ever worked with, but also ever seen! Their vision and goals are in helping people, serving children, and freeing the oppressed. They do not focus on marketing themselves, as many non-profits do these days. Instead, ICA spends its budget and resources empowering people to live life as it is truly meant to be lived; whole and serving others. There is no other non-profit that will be able to parallel or even come close to the depth of impact that ICA has had on peoples' lives. I challenge anyone to take a trip with them and see the health, love, and life ICA brings to families and children all around the world. It is truly unparalleled.
I have volunteered with many organizations here in the states and have spent time as a volunteer with a larger non-profit organization, but none can compare to the passion,commitment,and transforming power that ICA delivers. From feeding programs,to child sponsorship,to their medical clinic and their rescuing of countless girls trapped in the horrors of sex trafficking, ICA is an organization that truely transforms the lives of those they help with dignity and preservation. Pat and Sue Bradley are full of compassion, integrity, and pursue their commitment to sustaining life in areas of crisis with an unyeilding strength. I have personally seen the transformation of those this organization has touched. I have been given the privledge to speak with young, terrified girls unsure of even their own shadow and see them blossom into captivating women, who are ready to go out and make a difference in the lives of others continuing the chain of love and security that they have recieved.
I was lucky enough to be able to work with ICA on three different occasions in Ethiopia. I was able to see ICA support people in helping people to help themselves to support theirselves. It was amazing to watch them in action and to be a part of it. I also was able to meet some girls rescued off the streets and given the means to expand themselves. The joy and relief on their faces are priceless. I feel such an honor to know ICA,see them in action and have been a part of such a blessing.
ICA is an amazing organization. They first caught my eye at a school organization convention. I had never heard of sex trafficking before and I defintely didn't know how rampant it is. Through my school we raised money to help support the ICA SAFE homes for girls rescued from sex trafficking. ICA was so helpful in sending us information and even sent a speaker to our school for no cost. It is such an amazing thing to see an organzation speak for those girls who have no voice. ICA is love, plain and simple. Wherever there is a great need, ICA is there to provide for the people.
International Crisis Aid is one of the many non-profit aid orginizations I have worked with around the world. In more than 20 years of traveling to underdeveloped nations and working with numerous aid orginizations I have not come across any that compares to the integrity of ICA. International Crisis Aid has been so effective in their management of funds and people that they are able to move into areas of crisis and bring immeadiate relief amidst human suffering. I have personally seen many of their feeding programs in operation and have witnessed the before and after results of their outreach programs. Countless thousands of children, mothers and families have been literally saved from malnutrition and starvation. Many more have received medical help, including expensive surgical procedures. The efforts of International Crisis Aid to end child sex trafficking has been so successful in Ethiopia and Cambodia that they can now be used as a role model to other orginizations who wish to do the same. They are even currently working with the FBI to set up the first of many, planned in the United States. They are litterally transforming lives as they go into some of the most dangerous places on the planet and rescue girls whom society has thrown away. Their safe houses are not only a safe refuge, but a place of hope and restoration as once shattered young lives are now gaining hope, medical help and education to become productive, respectable citizens. There is no better place to invest your money to help others than in International Crisis Aid. Your funds go directly to the programs and the people who need it most.
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.