ICM understands the importance of giving back by investing in the Community, and have identified sustainable, effective and focused education where the biggest impact can be made. ICM works closely with Teach a Man to Fish ("TAMTF") and The Saville Foundation, whose wider objectives are to support education models that are scalable and have the potential to become self-sufficient. In addition, they support projects that assist individuals and communities to care for themselves through entrepreneurial enterprises, including micro financing & micro franchising. ICM engages with projects across the education spectrum, ranging from pre-primary and primary schools, to colleges and universities.
ICM has chosen to narrow its philanthropy efforts and focus on supporting selective education projects and models undertaken by TAMTF as a Corporate Sponsor of the Schools Enterprise Challenge (“SEC”), and additionally with Food Ladder.
SEC is an exciting global schools challenge seeking to inspire, support and develop the entrepreneurial self-sufficient school model which encourages schools to develop profitable enterprises by implementing their own well developed business plans and illustrate entrepreneurial opportunities to the students. As a Corporate Sponsor, ICM provides funding to TAMTF for the SEC, staff resources, and work with them to place the SEC on a sustainable footing.
Food Ladder uses commercial hydroponic technology and custom designed greenhouses to deliver highly replicable, food security solutions, and they work internationally to address the worsening food security crisis responsible for pervasive poverty and malnutrition. Through its partnership with ICM, Food Ladder will support its rollout and expansion throughout India and priority countries in the developing world, including Food Ladder’s first school deployment in India.
The ICM Foundation supports selected projects each year with funding from ICM and through staff office fund raising initiatives.
ICM’s group wide foundation fund raising for 2017 is focused on the Family Literacy Project (FLP). FLP is committed to improving the early learning and literacy skills of pre-school children in the deep rural areas of KwaZula-Natal in South Africa, by primarily working with parents and carers to improve their own literacy skills. The funding that ICM raises will help FLP to provide support to the coordinators and facilitators, enabling them to ensure that the scheme is well administered and the program runs smoothly.
Our individual ICM offices are supporting this charity initiative in different ways: our New Zealand team successfully completed their challenge in May by assisting the Kiwi Community Assistance organisation in Wellington, a distribution hub to local schools and charities which provides food, clothing, books, toys, furniture and whiteware to families in need. In June, our Epsom and Brazilian offices completed their challenge when they set off in sweltering heat to complete the 56 mile cycle ride from London to Brighton, and our Irish office completed their 100 km cycle through the Wicklow Mountains. In August, our Cape Town office volunteered their services to a The Clothing Bank; and in September, our Singapore office volunteered at "Willing Hearts", a local soup kitchen which provides over 6,000 meals each day to the needy across the island.
In 2016, ICM undertook a number of global challenges to raise money for TAMTF, and in particular the iThemba Lama Mpumuza Community Centre Project. Our ICM Corporate Services team made their contribution by providing equipment, supplies, tools, and then helping to renovate the Thandiwe and Bambo Children’s Home in Philippi, South Africa.
Mpumuza is an impoverished, semi-rural community five kilometres outside the town of Hilton in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa who are in need of funding to help them build a community centre. The centre will provide the community with a central space to house iThemba's activities that will connect young people with supporting role models for young children, as research has shown that the first 1,000 days of a child's life are the most critical for brain development.
In 2015, ICM supported the Asifunde Sonke (Let us learn together) Early Childhood Development Training Centre based in the Drakensberg in South Africa. The centre provides crèche carers and teachers of children between the ages of 0 to 6 years with training which is a prerequisite for working with infants and young children. ICM’s fundraising allowed Asifunde Sonke to build a new classroom to expand the number of teachers it can train in the best practises for Early Childhood development teaching.
This short video shows the impact that the ICM Foundation has made at Asifunde Sonke.