ICA’s commitment to women and children extends to our international community of families in need. The model used by ICA will prioritise assistance to impoverished villages according to the following steps:
1. Fresh water
2. Sufficient food
3. Child safety (by working with local authorities to maintain placements of children with family members wherever possible and supporting the entire family)
4. Urgent health needs
5. Educating families – in a traditional sense as well as in business, farming and various skills that will equip them to be self sufficient. This stage will utilise the expertise of established microfinance organisations.
The aim is to achieve a strong band of interconnecting support by replicating this model with villages in close proximity.
ICA is currently considering opportunities in Cambodia. Cambodia and it’s neighbouring countries (Thailand, Laos and the Philippines) share similar problems resulting from extreme poverty. Faced with the inability to feed their family, children are often sold, abandoned or relied upon to work. Our projects involve working alongside families with the aim of keeping them together. Educating children, and equipping parents to be self sufficient.