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.
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."
Liliosa is 47 years old. She is a mother to five children. Her husband works as an ice cream vendor. She is a gospel minister and loves to serve the church. For one year, Liliosa has experienced irregular menstruation, headaches, and body fatigue. She has tried using herbal medicines, but her symptoms have not improved. Liliosa is a pastor for our medical partner, so she shared her condition with the medical staff. She was diagnosed with a uterine myoma, a benign tumor in her uterus. A hysterectomy to remove her uterus and the tumor was scheduled for February 15. Liliosa and her husband make enough money to sustain their needs and pay for their children's education. However, they cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $187 to help Liliosa. The treatment will relieve her symptoms and prevent any complications from arising. "I am thankful for this opportunity to get treatment...I am excited to wake up one day feeling good and with no difficulty," says Liliosa.
Ceasar is a wife and mother of two children. Her husband works as a driver. Her family lives in a house owned by their church minister. For five years, Ceasar has been experiencing irregular menstruation, headaches, body weakness, and leg cramps. These symptoms prevent her from working. She never sought treatment because she could not afford it. Fortunately, Ceasar is a member of one of our medical partner's sponsored communities. She underwent an ultrasound and was diagnosed with adenomyosis, an overgrowth of endometrial tissue in the uterus. On February 20, Ceasar will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. Our medical partner is requesting $187 to fund her treatment. The surgery will alleviate her symptoms and improve her quality of life. "I am overjoyed for the help you have extended on my condition. I am looking forward to the day after the treatment that I will no longer experience heavy bleeding, and I will be healed. I am excited to be fully recovered and help my husband in sustaining the needs of our children and for their brighter future," she says.
Benita is a 55-year-old mother of four who stays home and cares for her grandchildren while her children are at work. She prepares meals for the whole family and does chores. She lives in the Philippines. After the birth of her fourth child, Benita experienced difficulty swallowing and a heavy feeling in her chest. She avoided seeking care because she knew the cost would be a burden on her family. Over time, her condition has gotten worse, and she now has a lump on her neck that is tender and painful. She has had this condition for six years. After a series of lab tests, Benita was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter, a thyroid condition in which the gland is swollen and produces excess hormones. She needs surgery to remove her thyroid gland and prevent her symptoms from getting worse. The cost of Benita's surgery, scheduled for February 8, is $1,500. Her husband works as a farm laborer and cannot afford this procedure, so they are seeking help from Watsi. "I really don't deserve this kind of blessing, but I am very grateful that I was given a privilege to be treated," Benita says. "Though we are not that rich, the simple joy and happiness given by my family, especially my grandchildren, are more than enough for a lifetime. This gift was just a bonus in my life, and I am thankful that you are giving me a chance to enjoy life more."
Jovel is a 16-month-old baby boy from Philippines. He is the youngest of ten children and lives with his parents and older siblings in a rented house. Jovel loves to play with his siblings and enjoys dancing when he hears music. Recently, Jovel was diagnosed with malnutrition. On February 20, Jovel will begin to receive at-home treatment from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM’s home-based feeding program will provide nutrient-enriched food packs to Jovel to ensure he gets the additional food he needs to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. ICM is asking for $184 to fund Jovel's food packs and medication. Additionally, ICM's professional staff will educate Jovel's mother on proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "We want Jovel to recover from malnutrition and grow up healthy so that he can go to school in the future and finish his studies," says Jovel's mother.
Raiza is a 13-month-old baby girl from Philippines. She lives with her parents and siblings in a hut. They do not have access to electricity, and they get their water from a nearby spring. Her father works as a farmer. Raiza loves to play dolls. Recently, Raiza was diagnosed with malnutrition. Beginning on February 21, Raiza will receive at-home treatment from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM’s home-based feeding program will provide Raiza with nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure she gets the additional food she needs to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. Additionally, ICM's professional staff will educate Raiza's mother on proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. ICM is asking for $184 in funds to cover the cost of Raiza's food packs and medication. After treatment, Raiza will be able to grow up to be a strong, healthy child!