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.
Mario is a 48-year-old husband, father of three, and construction worker from the Philippines. Described as a "man of many dreams," Mario hopes to provide the absolute best for his family. Some time ago, Mario began to develop a mass on the left side of his face and neck. Prior to developing the mass, he had planned to move to the capital city in search of better work opportunities. Unfortunately, his plans were put on hold. Mario's wife, Marcela, brought him to visit our medical partner's care center. After undergoing a laboratory screening and biopsy, Mario was diagnosed with pleomorphic adenoma, a collection of benign salivary gland tumors. Doctors recommend that he undergo surgery to remove the mass. "I cannot afford seeing my family suffer because their father cannot provide for their needs," Mario says. "A father ought to be the foundation of the home, and I would like to be a reliable father to them. I am asking for your generous hearts to help me and my family...Thank you in advance to all of you." Mario is scheduled to undergo a parotidectomy operation to remove his tumors on January 1. Our medical partner is requesting $332 to cover the cost of the surgery and medication. After treatment, Mario looks forward to getting a new job and living free from daily worry about his health.
Julieta is a 45-year-old mother of five children from the Philippines. She lives with her partner, a farmer, and contributes to the family as a full-time mother and a part-time grass cutter. Since the birth of her eldest son 12 years ago, Julieta has been experiencing general discomfort, shortness of breath, nervousness, and difficulty eating due to a growing mass in her neck. The mass, a multinodular goiter, continues to increase its size. Without treatment, she may experience more serious symptoms in the future. Unfortunately, the family has only limited and inconsistent income. Most of their income is used to meet the needs of Julieta's five children. Julieta and her partner have postponed their marriage in order to save money. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $489 to fund the removal of her goiter. This procedure will help improve her quality of life and relieve her of any ongoing discomfort. Julieta is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 10. “I have been waiting for this day to arrive, and this time it will really happen,” says Julieta. “I am thankful that I was privileged to be helped. Thank you so much for this blessing."
Lester is a 12-year-old student and older brother from the Philippines. He has experienced painful abdominal symptoms since he was a baby. Although he loves to play outdoors, the pain sometimes prevents him from doing so. Persistent symptoms have caused Lester to miss long periods of school. Lester's parents work as laborers on a nearby farm, but their income is limited. They could not afford to bring Lester to a doctor. Fortunately, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, visited their community. Lester's parents took the opportunity to get Lester a medical consultation and laboratory tests. Lester was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition in which intestinal tissue protrudes through the groin. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 11. After surgery, Lester will return to school full-time and resume his childhood. The surgery will cost $1,098. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon's fees, one night stay in the hospital, the use of an operating theater, and medication. "We are so blessed that Lester was given a chance to be treated," says Lester's mother. "He is a good child and an industrious one. He is very loving to us, his parents. He really deserves this treatment, but because of our financial status we cannot afford the surgery. Thank you for helping us and my son."
Agapita is a 59-year-old woman who lives with her husband and son in the Philippines. For the past 20 years, she has lived with a mass on her neck, which causes her difficulty swallowing and occasional pain. She has also experienced blurry vision. Her symptoms continue to worsen, which has made working difficult. Recently, Agapita was screened and diagnosed with a thyroid goiter, which means that part of her thyroid gland is enlarged. Doctors will surgically remove the goiter on January 13. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to fund her surgery and hospital stay. Agapita and her husband are farmers. She is looking forward to recovery, so that she can work and support her son's education. "This will really mean a lot to me and my family," says Agapita. "After the surgery, I am planning to help my husband to supplement our income and let my son go back to school again. Thank you so much in advance for all your help, and may you be blessed more and more."
Elinita is a 46-year-old woman who lives with her family on a small island. She is a loving, devoted mother and wife. Elinita's husband is a fisherman who supports the family. 27 years ago, Elinita developed a visible mass on the left side of her face. She didn't know what it was or how to cure it, and the nearest hospital was too far from home. As the years passed, the mass swelled and grew. Fortunately, our medical partner's community outreach program found Elinita. She underwent a series of laboratory tests and biopsies to diagnose the mass. She learned that it was benign, but her doctor advised her to undergo surgery. On January 24, she will undergo a tumor removal surgery. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $322 to fund her healthcare. "I was not expecting this opportunity to come to our community. Our community is so remote, but you really came to help us," says Elinita. "This surgery means a lot to me and my family."
Meet Krysa, a second grade student from the Philippines. She has lived with her grandparents since she was three years old. Krysa was born with a cleft lip. In the past, she underwent a cleft lip repair, but her lip was left scarred. As her grandparents do not work, they have been unable to afford the medical fees for Krysa to undergo another surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), will help Krysa. She is set to undergo surgery to repair her cleft lip on January 17. ICM is requesting $1,088 to fund Krysa's surgery. Krysa's grandmother is excited for the outcome of the surgery. She says, "This surgery will help her have the confidence to face people and reach her dreams."
Barsilisa is a 54-year-old homemaker from the Philippines. She is married and has four children, the youngest of whom helps her with her daily household duties. Her husband is a fisherman, and her older children go to school. In her community, she's fondly known as "Barsing." In 2014, Barsilisa was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. At the time, she took medication to treat it. She had to stop because the medicine was too expensive to buy continuously. As a result, her goiter grew, causing her extreme fatigue, tightening of the neck, and nervousness. Barsilisa visited our medical partner's care center, where it was determined that Barsilisa's condition cannot be treated with medications. She needs to undergo surgery. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is asking for $489 in funds to cover the cost of Barsilisa's thyroid surgery, hospital stay, and physician's fees. She will undergo surgery on January 31. Barsilisa is looking forward to being well so she can resume her duties as a mother and wife. "My condition hinders me a lot in doing my responsibilities as a wife and a mother for my children," says Barsilisa. "This operation means a life that is purposeful for me. Thank you so much."
Samantha is a sweet five-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom now attend school. Samantha is in the care of her mother and currently attends a day care center in their town. Since she was born, Samantha has had a cleft palate, a facial malformation that causes openings or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. Her condition makes everyday living difficult, and Samantha has difficulty breathing and swallowing food. Her mother has stopped working in order to care for her daughter. Samantha is a playful child, but her condition makes her feel shy. Her family has tried to save money for treatment, but doing so has been difficult. Fortunately, our medical partner's community outreach team found and screened Samantha. She is now scheduled for a repair surgery on January 25. This procedure will allow Samantha to breathe and eat easily and will increase her confidence. Samantha's father works as a bus conductor. However, his income is barely enough to sustain them. For this reason, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,088 to fund the treatment. "I am happy that at last Samantha could get treated," says Samantha's mother. "We are really close to her healing right now...Samantha is a sweet girl and has big dreams, but she cannot reach them if she does not have confidence. This operation will give Samantha hope for a good future. As a mother, my greatest desire is to see my children well and succeed someday. Thank you for this chance that you've given. May you be blessed."
Samuel is 38 years old and from the Philippines. He is a loving and hardworking husband and father to three children. One of his goals as a father is to see all three of his children finish their schooling and get good jobs. A few years ago, Samuel began to experience pain in his groin and swelling in his lower abdominal area. Since then, he has been unable to lift heavy objects and perform strenuous activities, making his job as a farmer difficult. With his family depending on him, Samuel decided that he would continue to work. Due to their limited income, Samuel did not pursue treatment right away. However, with the help of his wife, Samuel was connected with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. Samuel shares, "I thought I would not be given a chance to have the surgery and would have this condition for life, but amazingly because of prayers this great opportunity comes. You are the answer to our prayers." After a series of consultations and tests, Samuel discovered that he had an inguinal hernia, a condition in which an organ protrudes through weakened muscle, and a hydrocele, which had been causing the swelling. He is scheduled to receive reparative surgery for both conditions on February 2. After receiving treatment, Samuel will be able to work with ease again and provide for his family without having to worry about his condition. "I am so thankful that you came along, and I consider you a great blessing to our family. After the surgery and when I fully recover, I will work well for my family, and spend quality time with my children and wife," says Samuel. "We are looking forward to a successful surgery."
Meet Nora, a married housewife from the Philippines. She is the mother of four young children who are all attending school. Her husband is a janitor, and Nora earns money as a laundress. They work hard to take care of and provide for their children. Nora has been diagnosed with uterine myoma (also known as uterine fibroids). This refers to growths that have appeared in the wall of her uterus. As a result, Nora experiences fatigue, cramps, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fortunately, Nora was seen by doctors at our medical partner's care center, Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center, and is now scheduled for a hysterectomy on February 14. $187 will fully fund the costs of this surgery. As a mother, Nora has always put the needs of her children before her own. She is extremely relieved and happy to be receiving this surgery. She says, "I have been praying for a miracle that I will be treated, and indeed a miracle came."
Merlinda is a 51-year-old mother of four who lives in the Philippines. Her husband provides the majority of her family's income. However, Merlinda sometimes sells barbecue outside their home to supplement the household income. For over a year, Merlinda has experienced excessive blood loss due to gynecological problems, causing her headaches, body pains, leg cramps, and fatigue. These symptoms hinder her ability to take care of her home and children. If left untreated, the condition may cause Merlinda further complications. With the help of a health trainer from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), Melinda was diagnosed with uterine leiomyomas, tumors that arise from the overgrowth of smooth muscle and connective tissue in the uterus. ICM's head medic recommended Melinda for surgery. Melinda is scheduled for surgery on February 17. It will cost $187. Your donation will help pay for Melinda's labs, medication, hospital food, and a follow up consultation. The surgery will alleviate her symptoms and prevent any further complications. "I am so happy for the help and support," Melinda says. She adds, "If I will fully recover, I will help my husband earn for my family by looking for a job so we can both sustain the needs of our children so they can finish their education. Thank you so much for this great opportunity."
Elvera is a wife and mother of six children from the Philippines. She is a very supportive wife and caring mother, and their house is always filled with laughter. For almost ten years, Elvera has been experiencing uncomfortable gynecological symptoms, headaches, and leg cramps. As a result, she is often unable to go to work. Last year, she was diagnosed with a myoma, a benign tumor that develops in the uterus. The doctor recommended surgery, but Elvera did not have the funds for the treatment. Fortunately, Elvera is a member of our medical partner's program. She informed the medical staff that she needed surgery. After undergoing lab tests, she was cleared for surgery, which is scheduled for February 24. She will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus and the tumor. "I am so thankful for your help," says Elvera. "This treatment means a lot to me and my family. When fully recovered, I will be able to work well and earn more for my children's education. I will treasure this opportunity in my heart forever."