International Care Ministries (ICM) leverages a large network of pastors (12,000 in 85 provinces) in the Philippines to deliver a “light-touch” version of a graduation program called Transform. Transform is a multi-faceted graduation program that deploys mentorship and training to lift poor people out of poverty.The curriculum consists of three modules: Values, Health Behaviours, and Livelihood Skills – each delivered in 30-minute sessions (for a 90-minute package) once a week to a cohort of 30 villagers fora duration of 15 weeks. GIF has awarded a USD 5,00,000 grant to enable The International Care Ministries (ICM), a 25-year-old reputable Philippine NGO, to refine and scale its “light-touch” graduation innovation called “Transform”.
Transform is unique in its offering compared to the other traditional Graduation programs because it goes beyond quantifiable and immediate increases in income to also deliver on social capital, personal optimism, cognitive well-being, and household responsiveness. In addition to income, these are in and on themselves very valuable and impactful for poor people. Thus, the theory of change is about generating income, but more importantly, creating the mental, cognitive, and social conditions to enable poor people to engage more effectively with life and its opportunities and adversities.Apply for funding