International Care Ministries

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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.

ICM receives praise for its data-driven approach to social impact, and its work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal. All of ICM’s financial information is publicly available.

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Rosemarie is a 38-year-old woman with two children. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her children. Eleven years ago, Rosemarie began to experience uncomfortable symptoms. She had difficulty swallowing and felt tightness around her neck. When she worked, she experienced shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. Over time, her symptoms have worsened and grown more frequent. There are times when she cannot perform simple household chores. Rosemarie's husband is a construction worker. Recently, her oldest son left school to begin working. Despite his help, they do not earn enough to support the family. Though Rosemarie wanted to seek medical treatment, the family could not afford hospital expenses. Finally, Rosemarie visited our medical partner, International Care Ministries. She underwent a series of laboratory tests and was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. She will undergo a thyroidectomy surgery on December 9. Now, Rosemarie needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. She looks forward to recovery. She will return to work and spend time with her family. "I was praying fervently that I will be healed from this condition," says Rosemarie. "Now, it will be answered. Thank you, because you will help me for this surgery. My family and myself are grateful for this wonderful early Christmas gift to us. After the treatment, I will cook a very nice meal for my family and friends. Though we are not rich, we are thankful still that this life is worth living. Thank you so much."

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Demuel is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and six siblings in a bamboo house. His parents are both farmers. Without a stable source of income, they have difficulty providing for the family. Demuel has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. He began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 20. He 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. "I hope that my son will reach his normal weight and become healthy and strong," says Demuel's mother. "I also hope that he can finish his studies and have a nice job someday."

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