Archive for March, 2010

ICC Spain – Businessman with a Heart for Kids

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Antonio Valor is a businessman who started to support ICC as a volunteer five years ago. From his home town of Zaragoza, Spain he and his volunteer group make people aware of the worldwide work of ICC.   Antonio created ICC Spain, which is a chapter of ICC International.

One of Antonio’s ideas is to raise funds and awareness at the ‘ Hucho Solidaridad’ campaign. Many Spanish people have visited ICC Spain’s booth with balloons and nice money collection boxes.

ICC Spain Promotional Booth

From March the 18th until Sunday the 22nd Antonio and his assistant, Chus, visited the ICC Netherlands office. They were hosted by Lambro Triantos, ICC’s regional development director for Europe.

Antonio, Chus and Lambro

From the Dutch ICC office, Lambro supports ICC chapters in Switzerland, Belgium, Iceland, France and Spain. For information about becoming an ICC volunteer or to start a chapter in Europe you can contact Lambro at Lambro@intern-kinderhulp.org or visit the GC conference exhibit hall in Atlanta this summer.  ICC will be in booths 554 and 556.

Fountain of Life Update – Nicaragua

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The transition from the temporary orphan care center in Nicaragua to ICC’s new Fountain of Life children’s villlage has gone very well.  The firs set of house parents adjusting well and it is such a blessing for the children to finally be at their permanent home. 

One of the primary areas of focus has been to plant gardens in order to supplement food budgets.  The project is blessed with an abundant supply of water that can be used for personal use as well as gardening.  Here are some pictures of the recent harvest.

Chidren and House Father Harvesting Vegetables

Watermelon Harvest

ICC Featured on Loma Linda Broadcasting Network

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Several weeks ago, ICC Founder, Alcyon Fleck, and Daniel Ixcot of ICC Mexico were interviewed by Ralph Watts at the Loma Linda Broadcasting Network.  Those programs will be aired on the network over the next two weeks. 

Here is the Pacific Standard Time viewing schedule:

Program 1

Tuesday (9th)                – 2:00 AM & 4:30 PM

Wednesday (10th)       – 1:30 PM

Thursday (11th)            – 5:30 PM

Friday (12th)                   – 10:30 AM

 Program 2

Sunday (14th)                – 9:30 PM

Tuesday (16th)              – 2:00 AM & 4:30 PM

Wednesday (17th)       – 1:30 PM

Thursday (18th)            – 5:30 PM

Friday (19th)                   – 10:30 AM

Romania Bakery Update

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

This winter has been particularly harsh in Romania.  However, with the change of the season and warmer weather just ahead, plans are underway to make significant progress in preparing the building for the bakery industry at our children’s village. 

Outside of Bakery Building

The work needed to remodel the building is broken into phases:

  1. Phase 1 – Install the electrical, plumbing and heating systems.  Install the ceiling.
  2. Phase 2 – Plaster the walls and pour the sub floor
  3. Phase 3 – Install the septic system, finish the roof, install doors and paint
  4. Phase 4 – Install the finished flooring

Three mission groups are planning to travel to Romania this summer, bringing much  needed funds and volunteer labor.  ICC Iceland has organized a trip for late May.  In July, two groups from the Netherlands will volunteer at the project.  One of the groups is being organized by the Netherlands ADRA office and the other by ICC Netherlands. 

At this time, there should be sufficient funds raised or already in hand to complete phases 1 and 2 along with part of phase 3.  Additional funds and volunteer labor are needed to complete the remodeling.  In addition, funds or gifts-in-kind donations are needed for the industrial equipment needed to operate this industry. 

Inside of Bakery

Once operational, it is expected that the bakery will generate profits that will go toward the operating needs of the children’s village.  It will also provide a resource for the older children to learn valuable work skills.

If you’d like to get involved with this project through donating funds or technical skill, please contact ICC at 800-422-7729.