The InnerCity Mission Home is a rescue and rehabilitation program. This residential program is a direct approach to the Shelter Program through which a stable family environment and whole-life care for indigent and vulnerable children are provided. The term ‘Whole Life’ care means that a long-term approach to child development is taken, and opportunities that champion children’s right to a safe, permanent, and nurturing home are provided, thus encouraging healthy, spiritual, physical, social, and economic development for indigent, vulnerable and orphaned children in our direct care all the way through to young adulthood.
Through the shelter program the InnerCity Mission directly and indirectly through partnerships with other child care institutions, provide holistic child development which is whole life care. Other Child care institutions that provide holistic child development for orphaned and vulnerable children are totally supported. This is because many orphanages and child care institutions are overpopulated and with limited cash inflow, they struggle to meet the individual needs of the children in their care. Through this initiative, support is provided for the children.
Every Child is your Child
Through our programs, initiatives, sponsors, and partners globally we are trying to reach 50 million beneficiaries and make a difference on a worldwide scale.
As a child-centered organization, the InnerCity Mission through the ‘Family Strengthening and Livelihood Program’ empowers vulnerable households with economic security activities to become financially independent and improves their ability to cater to and protect their children from poverty and its effect, because we recognize the vital role that the family play in the all-round development and protection of children.
“Remember, every child is your child! Help children, don’t ignore children. They are our extension, they are our future. No matter how dirty or untouchable they are, think again, one day you were just that small, but you were fortunate to have someone help you, many of these are fortunate to have us if we would only open our hearts, our minds, our eyes and ignore them no more. We need to help give them a home, we need to help give them an education, we need to help cloth them. As small as they are, as needy as they are, as frustrated as they are, they have dreams, we can help make those dreams come true.” – Chris Oyakhilome, founder of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI).
Over the years, the programs and interventions of the InnerCity Mission are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), these have impacted the lives of over 20 million indigent beneficiaries mostly children around the world in underserved, hard-to-reach communities, from one country in 2005, to over 60 countries in 2020.
Vision and Values of ICM
With the vision of a world free of poverty, where every child has equal opportunities to thrive and fulfill their God-given potentials, the InnerCity Mission’s core values are:
- “We are a people of Faith: Our Christian faith compels us to respond to the needs of orphaned, vulnerable, and disadvantaged children, we believe that God would transform their lives in partnership with our actions
- A community of Hope: We are confident of our expectations that each child we reach will rise to their full potential and realize God’s purpose in their lives. This inspires and drives us daily to bring hope to children and by extension their families through our impactful interventions
- We are Accountable: We account for our activities, accept responsibility for them and share results in a transparent manner.
- Servants of Love: We love all children regardless of their color, race, religion, economic status, and gender, we believe that to bring about the change we seek, we must demonstrate unconditional love.
- Authentic Relationships: We are dedicated to developing genuine partnerships and relationships based on trust.
- Respect and Integrity: We value each individual and model honesty in all Donor interactions.”