WE ARE Integrated Community Development International.
The ICDI model:
-Working with local people
ICDI accomplishes all projects with trained Central African staff. We are committed to making a lasting impact in CAR. We hire, train, learn from our Central African staff. Their leadership and commitment to this work ensures that it will be sustainable. ICDI is committed to working at the local, community level. We continually meet with the villages and work with them to plan ways to improve their lives.
-We start with Water
No one should have to watch their child die from preventable water borne diseases. ICDI helps communities begin to break the cycle of sickness and poverty by providing access to clean water. ICDI actually drills the wells and rehabs the wells.
Water projects only save lives if they last. We have teams visit each site to do preventative maintenance and report on the well.
-lasting community development
We use the gains made in water to pursue broader community development goals in agriculture, AIDS/HIV, and development radio programming.
ICDI works collaboratively, in long-term partnership, with communities in central Africa, empowering people with sustainable access to clean water, transformational sanitation principles, and improved agricultural resources.
Where we work
Why Central Africa? Aren’t there problems all over the world?
Of course there are many poor countries. But realize, CAR is one of the most forgotten places. This country is truly in a water crisis and ICDI is UNIQUELY capable of making an impact.
- We have history there; ICDI’s leadership has knowledge of the languages, communities, and the relationships necessary to work in country with very little infrastructure.
- We work in a culturally sensitive way with the aim to empower the local people.
Right now, there are serious porblems
- The Lord’s Resistance Army is attacking villages in the eastern region.
- There is almost no infrastructure, with only 700km of roads
CAR is an amazing place with people who want to better their own lives.
- CAR is home to one of the most culturally unique human groups in the world. Learn more about the Bayaka pygmies and ICDI’s work to help them keep their culture and adjust to their changing country. (link to Bayaka page)
- CAR has one of the most amazing elephant reserves in the world - check it out here
Learn more about the Central African Republic, both its troubles and strengths.
Transparency is a core value for ICDI
Now we have a high-tech way to make sure you see the impact that your support makes in Africa. Every time ICDI drills a well or does a well repair, our teams now use iPads to report:
• GPS coordinates
• Photos of the project
• Record community interviews
• Measure community impact
• Keep track of parts we used
ICDI has been blessed to work with partners who support our mission and have their own important programs.
|ICDI partners with Charity:Water to implement large blocks of water crises interventions with new wells, latrines and the repair of older broken down wells abandoned by other organizations.|
|Nashville recording artists Jars of Clay has started its own foundation, Blood:Water Mission, to address AIDS and water issues in Africa. Blood:Water partners with ICDI to bring funding and technical expertise in on these topics to the Central African Republic.|
|ICDI and Vision Trust International are partnering in the Central African Republic to help with the enormous issues facing orphans and vulnerable children. Together we seek sponsorships for the children in the orphan care program, and then ICDI provides the infrastructure on the ground in CAR to insure that these children receive medical care, nutrition, education, clothing, and love.|
|ICDI has been asked by Living Water International to be their in-country representative for the Central African Republic. Living Water shares our model of “full WASH” community development.|
|The Baptist AIDS Response Agency from Nairobi, Kenya has partnered with ICDI to provide quality training in HIV/AIDS prevention.|
|Jordan 7 works with ICDI to improve the maintenance program and raise awareness about the importance of long-term solutions to the water crisis.|
|Design Outreach collaborates with ICDI on engineering projects, starting with the PCP pump, designed for deep-well applications where the usual Vergnet or India pumps won’t work.|
|MudLove pottery in Winona Lake Indiana pledges a generous 20% of their sales to ICDI, making this one of our most dedicated partners, focused on getting clean water into villages in Central Africa. Check out their site, and consider buying a few bands to support their efforts!|