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!
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.
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.
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.
This work is done for Christian evangelicalism, not for the goodness in and of itself. In their own words, "Share the gospel use words when we have to."
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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.
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 have the privilege of having known Pat for many years and his organization ICA since its inception as a donor and a member on a few trips to Ethiopia. Pat has instilled in the ICA organization the compassion for the lost and the integrity he has as a person. Through his leadership many a life has changed, and saved. For me there is no greater joy than to contribute to support ICA's efforts in the US and abroad, and to get personally involved where and when I can. Get involved and expect to catch Pat's vision, compassion an enthusiasm!
I have had the wonderful privilege of working with ICA for over a year now. It is easy to link arms with any organization that is totally committed to rescuing girls from the horrors of sex trafficking. They are making great strides in bringing this issue into the light so others can join the cause. I am also particularly impressed that 93% of all donations go directly to relief efforts. That is the highest percentage I have ever seen in a non-profit agency. It clearly demonstrates how dedicated they are to honor the money that was given for the expressed purpose of combating human suffering. For that reason, my husband and I are regular monthly donors to ICA. We take great comfort in knowing that our contribution will be used to help girls who have been rescued from the sex trade industry. Pat and Sue Bradley have always treated me with the utmost respect and are a true pleasure to work with. They are the most authentic people I have ever met in my many years of ministry. It is my great honor to know them!
When I became acquainted with International Crisis Aid and met Pat Bradley in 2005, I was not only impressed with the compassion behind their efforts, but also with the effectiveness and efficiency of their organization. Within months, our organization began making monthly contributions in support of their work. When Pat talked with us about the growing sex traffic trade and shared his organization’s vision to rescue girls from its horrors, we didn’t hesitate to help financially. We knew they would work tirelessly to not only rescue victims from the immediate horror, but that they would also provide safe shelter, medical care, education and training to literally give these girls new lives. That is exactly what they are doing. I have read the reports, heard the testimonials, and seen the videos of what is being accomplished in Ethiopia and Cambodia. We are grateful for ICA’s courageous efforts and are thankful for the opportunity to have a part in the work they are doing. I hope we can play an even bigger part in the days ahead by giving more and sending volunteer teams to assist in the work.
International Crisis Aid is an organization that goes far beyond where most nonprofit groups go. ICA goes into the streets in the hardest areas of Ethiopia to rescue girls forced into prostitution. These girls would otherwise be lost in a world of pain and eventually death. They give these girls life and a hope for a descent future. They build group homes for girls that cannot be returned to their biological homes. The work of ICA comes from the hearts of it's workers and volunteers. I will continue to give financial support to help rescue these girls and hope to one day be able to go to Ethiopia with ICA to do what I can to physically help.
We hosted a anual patient appreciation day at our office and ICA was the organization that all of the proceeds went to from that day. They set up a booth in our office and not only were they very informative but they connected with several different people and made them very proud to be a part of helping with all of the work that ICA does. We have worked with other Non-profit organizations and and ICA is the standard by which non-profit excellence should be measured. They were extremely professional in their dealings with every one in our office. We just want to say thanks to ICA for giving us an opportunity to help.
I love this organization. They do a great deal of work with rescuing women/young people from the horrors of sex trafficking. I see many of the photos that come from the field and I can see the changes in the girls faces as they are given a new life and a safe place to stay. Some have children and they will also have an opportunity for a happy life. In addition, the work they are doing to help feed families and provide medical care for them is incredible. Many times they go to the hard to reach areas where people are desperate for help. This is a solid, focused organization and they have my vote - A+!