International Care Ministries is a non-profit organization that serves people living in extreme poverty in the Philippines.
In partnership with community leaders, ICM delivers health, education, and economic development programs that transform the lives of more than 100,000 people each year. The average daily income of an ICM beneficiary is 37 cents, so providing access to high-quality healthcare is a critical component of ICM’s work. They support patients who cannot afford critical medical services with diagnostics, treatment, and referral care.
Alvin is a 14-month-old baby boy living in a remote mountainous community in the Philippines. Alvin was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too few calories, proteins, and nutrients. Beginning on July 7, Alvin will receive at-home malnutrition treatment through our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM will provide Alvin with nutrient enriched food packs to help him gain weight and achieve optimal physical and mental development. The program will also teach his family about proper nutrition, sanitation, and organic gardening to better care for their son. ICM is requesting $173 to cover the cost of Alvin's ongoing care. His mother says, "I hope Alvin will recover and develop a strong, healthy body."
Wyndel is a six-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves to play with the children in his neighborhood. Wyndel was recently diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too few calories, proteins, and nutrients. Due to his condition, Wyndel has a weakened immune system, which increases his likelihood of becoming sick. Beginning on July 12, Wyndel will receive at-home malnutrition treatment through our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM will provide Wyndel with nutrient enriched food packs to help him gain weight and achieve optimal physical and mental development. The program will also teach his family about proper nutrition, sanitation, and organic gardening to better care for their son. ICM is requesting $261 to cover the cost of Wyndel's ongoing care. "I hope Wyndel recovers from malnutrition and finishes his studies someday," his mother says.
Jonalyn is a four-year-old girl living in the Philippines with her aunt. Jonalyn's biological parents have separated, and her aunt is her primary guardian. During the day, she helps her aunt do household chores, such as washing the dishes and cleaning the house. When Jonalyn was two years old, she was diagnosed with Hirshsprung's Disease, a congenital disorder where there are missing nerve cells in the muscle tissue surrounding the colon, causing bowel dysfunction. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, has scheduled a procedure to correct this condition. The total cost of the procedure is $1,500, and covers supplies, medications, transportation, and six days of inpatient care. The procedure is scheduled for July 26.
Manilyn is a 26-year-old woman from the Philippines. The youngest in her family, she lives with her parents and takes care of the household. Last year, Manilyn began noticing swelling in her neck. Soon, she began experiencing headaches, neck pain, and the feeling that something was obstructing her throat. She was diagnosed with a goiter, a benign swelling of the neck's thyroid gland, and needs an operation to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), is helping Manilyn receive treatment. On August 4, surgeons will perform a thyroidectomy, removing the affected area of Manilyn's thyroid. ICM requests $1,222 for Manilyn's treatment. "I hope and pray that you will support my operation because I want to return to my normal functioning and, after my operation, I want to pursue my dreams in order to help my parents," says Manilyn.
Eric is a nine-year-old student from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and three siblings. When he's not in school, Eric helps his mother with household chores and likes to play with his friends in the neighborhood. Also, as the eldest of four, he is often put in charge of his younger siblings when his parents are not around. Eric has difficulty walking because he was born with bilateral clubfoot. Clubfoot refers to the internal rotation of the feet and can only be corrected surgically. In order to help Eric receive the treatment he needs, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eric's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. He is scheduled to undergo clubfeet correction on August 8 at our medical partner's care center, Tebow Cure Hospital. Surgeons will re-align the ligaments and tendons that are affected by his condition. "We are looking for a very good result after the operation," says Rowena, Eric's mother. "Hopefully his both feet will be corrected after the operation and he will live a normal life."
Danny is a six-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and five other siblings. When not at school, Danny spends time doing homework and playing with his brothers and sisters. When Danny was two years old, his father noticed a swelling in his scrotum and took him to have it checked. Danny was diagnosed with hydrocele, a buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles that causes the scrotum or groin area to swell. This condition requires surgery in order to be corrected. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, requesting $494 to fund Danny's operation. He is scheduled for surgery on August 22 at our medical partner's care center, Western Visayas Medical Center. "We are struggling financially and this is the main reason why our child suffered from this condition until now," Danny's father says. "It will be a big help and comfort to us to see our child without any medical condition."
JP is a seven-year-old student from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and two other siblings. When he isn't at school, JP helps his mother do household chores and plays with his friends in the neighborhood. JP was born with an abnormal condition in a sensitive area that causes bowel dysfunction. JP needs surgery to cure his condition. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), is helping JP receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo treatment on August 24, and his family needs help raising $1,500 to fund his treatment. "Thank you for giving JP a chance to live a normal life after all the operations needed for him to be fully cured," says JP's mother.
Julieta is a 47-year-old mother of five children from the Philippines. She lives with her husband and children. During the day, Julieta does chores, cuts grasses on the farm, and looks after her children. 12 years ago, Julieta began to experience troubling symptoms. She experienced difficulty while swallowing, nervousness, shortness of breath, and at times, felt like she was choking. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. On September 8, Julieta will undergo thyroidectomy surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, requests $489 to help fund the procedure to remove the diseased part of her thyroid gland. "It is my long desire that this mass will be operated, for more than 12 years after giving birth to my eldest son, it feels really uncomfortable inside and out," says Julieta. "I hope this time, the surgery will cure my condition."
Four-year-old Renz lives with his parents and elder brother in the Philippines. Renz loves playing with his friends and brother. Renz was born with a defect known as congenital anorectal malformation. This means that Renz experiences bowel dysfunction. With the help of our medical partner, International Care Ministries, Renz will undergo a posterior sagittal anorectoplasty procedure to correct the malformation. This will take place on October 13 and will cost $1,500. "I want my son to be treated so that he can go to school and not have to worry about his condition," says Renz's mother. "Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity."
Rosewell is a 17-year-old living in the Philippines with his parents and three siblings. He is in the 10th grade and spends his free time playing guitar, watching basketball, and helping his parents take care of the house. Rosewell was born with an inguinal hernia, which means that his intestines have pushed through the base of his abdomen. While doctors usually perform corrective surgery at birth, his parents were unable to afford the procedure. The hernia causes Rosewell significant pain after eating and when lifting heavy objects. If left untreated, Rosewell's symptoms will continue to worsen. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, has requested $494 to fund Rosewell's surgery, which will take place on October 7. After the procedure, Rosewell is excited to get to play basketball.
John Lee is an eight-year-old boy living in the Philippines with his parents and four siblings. His parents are unable to afford all of their children's education, so John Lee's grandparents pay his tuition and act as his guardians. John Lee is in the second grade. His father is a farm laborer, and his mother is a housewife. His father's income only covers their basic expenses. John Lee has a cleft palate with a unilateral cleft lip. In other words, the roof of his mouth opens into his nose, and there is an opening in his upper lip. At home, John Lee is a talkative and joyful child. However, his condition makes him feel shy in public, and he is sometimes reluctant to go to school. Fortunately, on November 3, John Lee underwent repair surgery with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. The total cost of the surgery, including supplies and five days of inpatient care, is $322. His family needs help to pay the medical bill. "I am very happy for my grandson," shares his grandmother. "We have waited so long for this chance. I really want him to finish his studies so he can reach his dreams and ambitions in life."
Krisha is a young girl from the Philippines. She lives with her grandmother, while her parents work in the city as production workers. Krisha loves to play hide-and-seek with her friends. Krisha has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. She began $184 malnutrition treatment on October 19. She is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Krisha shares with us, "I want to become a teacher someday."