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History of International Care Ministries

International Care Ministries was founded in 1992 by Sharon Pastre, a Singaporean living in Hong Kong at the time. During a visit to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, to “spot check” the five pastors she supported, Sharon was struck by the juxtaposition between the overwhelming poverty she saw in the slums and the work she was doing as an interior designer in Hong Kong.

When a 21 year old woman with tuberculosis asked Sharon for a coffin and a burial site rather than medicine, she realized the helplessness, hopelessness and suffering of the poor. With her own personal funds and the help of two others from Hong Kong, Sharon organized an open air clinic and weekly food distribution for 200 children in Bacolod.

Since then, ICM has grown to a ministry which serves hundreds of thousands of the poor each year.   ICM now works on the islands of Negros, Bohol, Panay, Palawan, Cebu and Mindanao, serving each year over 100,000 Filipinos who live in unspeakable poverty.

The Geary family are members of the Advisory Board and have been involved with ICM for 4 years now.

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Poverty Statistics

In 2014, the Philippines’ 100,000,000th person was born. The Philippines is the 12th most populated country in the world. 25 million Filipinos live at a level of poverty the world calls “extreme” – below US$1.25 per person per day. That’s 25% of the population.

At the bottom of extreme poverty are the “ultrapoor,” a group of women, children and men who live in on less than US%0.50 per day.   ICM’s focus is to empower the ultrapoor, those trapped in the worst kind of destitution.

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I’ve Followed Warren Buffett For Decades And These 10 Quotes Are What I Keep Coming Back To by W. Green

I’ve covered business for more than 20 years, writing articles for Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg, Money, Fast Company, Time, The New Yorker and The Economist. Along the way, I’ve interviewed countless billionaires, many legendary investors, and the CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies.

But in all those years, no business figure has fascinated and obsessed me as much as Warren Buffett.

“The More You Give Love Away, The More You Get” I’d like to end with my absolute favorite Buffett quote. His late wife, Susan, was a famously kind and loving person, and he has often said that marrying her was the most important decision he ever made.

When Susan had cancer, he visited her in a hospital in San Francisco, then flew to Georgia to speak with a class of college students. According to Alice Schroeder’s book, The Snowball, the students asked him about his greatest success and his greatest failure.

Buffett replied: “When you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. I know people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.   “That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life.

The trouble with love is that you can’t buy it. You can buy sex. You can buy testimonial dinners. You can buy pamphlets that say how wonderful you are. But the only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money.

You’d like to think you could write a check: I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love. But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.”

Reference: W. Green, author and editor of The Great Minds of Investing