ICM understands the importance of giving back by investing in the Community, and have identified sustainable, effective and focused education is where we can make the biggest impact. 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. They also support projects that assist individuals and communities to support themselves through entrepreneurial enterprises, including micro financing & micro franchising. ICM engage with projects across the education spectrum, ranging from rural 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. ICM has agreed to be a Corporate Sponsor of both Foodladder, and the Schools Enterprise Challenge (“SEC”). Foodladder 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, Foodladder will support its rollout and expansion throughout India and priority countries in the developing world, including Foodladder’s first school deployment in India.
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 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.
The ICM Foundation supports selected projects each year via funding from ICM and through staff office fund raising initiatives.
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. To support this cause please visit our fundraising page here.
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.