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INTERNATIONAL CARE MINISTRIES

Reaching the Poor

aka ICM   |   St. Augustine, FL   |  www.caremin.com

Mission

To release the poorest of the poor in the Philippines from emotional, social, physical and economic bondage.

Ruling year info

1999

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Mr. David Sutherland

Main address

491 A1A Beach Blvd

St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA

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EIN

91-1886289

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than 25% of the population in the Philippines, a country with more than 100 million people, live in 'extreme' poverty on less than USD$1.25 a day. These people are not homogeneous, however. Living at the absolute bottom of this group are approximately 7 million Filipinos surviving in 'ultra-poverty' on less than US$0.50 per day, having just enough money to put food on the table. Natural calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons also devastate entire communities and leave those living in extreme poverty even more destitute. Within the geographic areas served by ICM, there are about 2,071,129 individuals (or 17% of ICM's population) living at or below subsistence. ICM's average program participant earns US$0.44 each day. This is significantly below the US$0.54 income level that the Philippine government considers the minimum needed for survival (the “food threshold").

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transform

Transform is a 16 week adult life-skills training which equips 31 families living at subsistence level to increase their standard of living and access alternative economic opportunities with the resources they have. Members of the community gather once a week for the two-hour Values, Health and Livelihood (VHL) community-based education training which is taught by ICM and the community leader. The VHL curriculum covers relevant issues such as health education, particularly in areas of family health, hygiene and nutrition, and provides livelihood training, from basic money-management to small-scale entrepreneurship skills. These lessons can significantly improve the health of families teaching basic health information; these issues are specific and common to the poor of the Philippines.
In addition to training, participants receive regular home visits to encourage implementation of lessons learned. Each week, they also receive 'nutrition packs' which provide two family meals. They are given access to free medical clinics and are provided assistance in obtaining the birth and marriage certificates necessary to participate in Philippine government services (including schooling). Transform provides essential social capital to participants, enabling them to build meaningful relationships with community leaders and other members of their community.
In 2013-14, ICM is running Transform programs in 635 communities, involving 19,065 participants and impacting 95,325 family members.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ICM's Medical Case Program (MCP) provides special assistance to some participants of their other programs who have medical concerns which they are unable to address on their own. ICM operates medical clinics at five of its seven bases of operation. After consulting with ICM doctors to assess problems, patients are treated and provided with necessary medications. Last year, ICM treated more than 5,000 patients in its Care Clinics. ICM's MCP benefits hundreds of patients who cannot afford critical medical procedures and services. Common cases treated include premature births, hernias and eye disorders.

ICM teaches participants to identify common health issues and provides medical care. ICM also creates treatment packages for their sickest participants. These packages contain health education materials, medications, soap, blankets, fortified food and a checklist for treatment. Each package is designed to address a prevalent medical condition experienced by the poor: malnutrition, maternal/newborn care, tuberculosis, dehydration, diarrhoea and asthma.

Across all bases we are conducting training days, screenings and referrals to Rural Health Units (RHUs) to combat TB. This approach allows us to use our expansive network to find symptomatic and pass them onto the government RHUs for free treatment.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Prevail is an ICM program that extends support to Savings Groups (SGs) beyond Transform. Each month, ICM holds Prevail meetings for the leaders of the SGs formed during Transform. These leaders learn savings strategies, small business ideas and other initiatives that are designed to build-on and reinforce improvements made during Transform. The leaders in turn share these lessons with the members of their savings groups back in their home communities, resulting in sustained connectivity to networks of support, continued engaged learning and ultimately, sustained life-change.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

All of ICM’s Transform programs are offered in partnerships with local Filipino churches led by pastors who are very poor themselves and have little formal Bible training. ICM partner pastors have requested additional Biblical and leadership training to help them better serve in the country’s poorest communities - the very challenging mission fields that God has called them to.

In response, in order to support, strengthen and equip these pastors for more effective sustained ministry, ICM developed Thrive, a monthly support and training meeting for pastors. Thrive delivers leadership, theology and ministry-skills training, peer mentoring groups, and fellowship. In 2016, ICM has also launched a two-year alternative seminary certificate course for pastors, that with funding will run until summer of 2018. At the end of the June-December 2017 period, our Thrive Pastors’ Network has increased to 11,579 pastors and 945 non-pastors (lay leaders or pastor-trainees) in 86 districts.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Christians

Family Academy provides children with personalized One-on-One learning sessions in the home, and supports holistic development with the following program elements:

* 6 months of Intensive Coaching; twice a week with community-coach, plus additional parent-child sessions, in math and phonics to prepare children for school entry.

* 4 months of Values, Health and Livelihood training to increase financial, physical emotional and spiritual wellbeing

* 4 months of Parenting Classes to develop good parenting skills and increase parents commitment to their children’s education

Program Aims

• To prepare pre-kindergarten aged children to enter school with an excellent academic foundation, by providing a curriculum in math and phonics.

• To equip parents to become their children’s first teachers, giving them the skills and resources to teach children at home

• To empower parents to provide for their children’s physical (nutrition, sanitation, health), emotional and spiritual needs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of active church partnerships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Thrive

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ICM measures the number of active pastors in ICM's Thrive Network because these are the people we partner with to deliver the intervention

Total savings groups in the network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Prevail

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of savings group participating in the Prevail program

Total number of savings group members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Prevail

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of savers participating in savings groups in the Prevail Network

Number of patients undergoing surgical procedures

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Medical Case Program (MCP)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Surgical cases (e.g. cleft lip and palate, clubfoot, cataracts. etc.) for ultra-poor beneficiaries supported during the program year

Number of non-surgical medical cases supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Medical Case Program (MCP)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Medical cases (non-surgical such as dehydration, skin diseases, deworming, etc) for ultra-poor beneficiaries supported during the program year

Number of children cured of malnutrition

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Transform

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children treated and cured of MAM (moderately acute malnutrition) and SAM (severely acute malnutrition) in a program year.

Number of preschoolers graduated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Families, Parents

Related Program

Transform

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of preschool-aged children completing the Jumpstart preschool program. (Note: Jumpstart was phased out in 2017). The Family Academy Program replaced Jumpstart for ICM's education interventions.

Number of family members empowered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Age groups

Related Program

Transform

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ICM aims to respond to the complex processes of ultra-poverty through short- and long-term strategies. This means that in addition to using holistic educational programs tailored to empowering Filipinos within their specific context of local poverty, ICM seeks to strategically combat the negative byproducts of ultra-poverty, such as malnutrition and marginalization of poor children from school. In attending to both the physical and spiritual needs of the ultra-poor, ICM aims to have measurable and positive impact on people's quality of living. The goal is to create real, tangible and sustainable change at a grassroots level.

ICM's core strategic program to empower the ultra-poor to improve their quality of life is Transform, a 15-week adult-life skills training program that equips families with the right support, skills, and resources to unlock poverty and increase their standards of living. Members of the community gather once a week for the two-hour Values, Health, and Livelihood (“VHL") education training, hosted in the local church. This VHL curriculum is specifically designed for semi-literate adult learners, covering a wide range of relevant issues relating to positive self-esteem, health education, and imparting key financial management and small-scale entrepreneurship skills.

ICM's VHL curriculum is holistic: dealing with the different facets of people's lives and livelihoods, from more abstract relationships to physical health and empowering people to start small-scale businesses. VHL has measurable results. We believe this is highly strategic in making a long-term impact. Transform participants receive regular home visits to encourage implementation of lessons learned, are given access to free medical clinics and are provided assistance in obtaining the birth and marriage certificates necessary to participate in Philippine government services. Each week, they also receive 'nutrition packs' which provide two meals. This tackles existing malnutrition as over two-thirds of the severely wasted children recover to health weight over the duration of a Transform program. For those children who are still underweight after 8 weeks, participants are enrolled into an additional home-based feeding program of which 90% of severely wasted children reach their target weight gain of 20% by the end of Transform.

This and all other ICM programs are operated in partnership with local pastors and community leaders. By operating through existing indigenous networks of local churches, ICM has a strong grassroots presence in areas typically underserved by the government and other NGOs. ICM programs are able to occur in remote and inaccessible locations, and are well accepted and welcomed at a local level because of the grassroots and community-based approach.

ICM has very strong capabilities for fulfilling out mission and utilizing our strategy for several reasons. Firstly, ICM's partnership with local indigenous pastors and churches was identified as one of the strategies which enables ICM to have a strong grassroots presence and be able to operate effectively in communities typically isolated from other forms of service provision. ICM is working on building the capacity of these pastor networks, enabling people within the network to link up once a month to share experienced be trained in various areas and to support and encourage one another as they seek to respond to the needs of their communities. Given that these pastors and leaders live and work within their communities, they are best placed to identify the needs on the ground and enables ICM to even tailor interventions according to specific needs. ICM's Thrive Network currently has over 9,000 active pastors and growing.

Secondly, ICM is an organization that employs solely local Filipino people to facilitate programs on the ground. Most of ICM's 400 staff on the ground are local people who have grown up in the slums and are able to connect fully with the people they are training. Thirdly, ICM has key partnerships with other nonprofit organisations sharing our values and vision which donate in-kind gifts (such as packs of nutritious food) and free services. These strategic partnerships enables ICM to be cost-effective, keeping the running cost of actual programs to a minimum and gets rich and highly fortified meals out to the ultra-poor who need it the most. Fourthly, ICM is dependent on volunteers who give up their time and resources to enable the organisation to run more effectively and efficiently. Several key full-time ICM staff in the Hong Kong fundraising office (where there are main administrative needs) are self-funded, keeping overhead administrative costs low.
Lastly, ICM has a highly engaged Board of Directors that has a commitment to effectiveness and efficiency, composed mainly of investment bankers and business professionals apply the same principles used to solve business problems to empowering the ultra-poor. According to ICM Chairman David Sutherland, showing compassion and applying great strategies - the same principles used to solve business problems - is what creates change when fighting ultra-poverty. The former Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific has led ICM for the past 19 years with a single-minded focus on effectiveness and efficiency.

The organisation has grown from one operational base, impacting 10,000 people to 10 bases impacting over 150,000 people per year in a few short years. ICM's rigorous metrics have shown that the average Transform participant reports the following improvements: 146% increase in household income; 72% increase in savers; 27% decrease in illnesses; 88% of malnourished children cured; 46% increase in hope; and 35% increase in self-worth. In terms of organisation, ICM seeks to expand our current 10 regional bases (covering parts of 19 provinces) to cover the entire central and southern regions of the Philippines. In fiscal year 2017-18, we graduated our 1 millionth beneficiary, and ICM's next goal is to reach the second million by 2023.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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INTERNATIONAL CARE MINISTRIES

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Sutherland

Malcolm Wood

Baillieu Holst

Charles Caldwell

English Schools Foundation

Dennis Montecillo

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

David Simms

Talanton

Guangjie Hopton

Alibaba

Pamela Hsu Phua

VP Bank

Randy Wilcox

Otis Elevator Company

Kenneth Albolote

Archangel Impact Capital

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data