ICS began in 1980 as the International Christian Support Fund, abbreviated as ICS. In the beginning the organization was dedicated to giving emergency help. ICS was active in providing emergency care in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Angola, Somalia, Uganda, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
In 2004 the organization’s name was changed into International Child Support. The reason for this change was to avoid confusion. The old name suggested that ICS only provided support to Christians, when in fact the organization brings aid to those people who need it most, irrespective of their religion, race and/or political convictions.
Over the years the programs and approach changed. From an organization that offered emergency help ICS became one of the pioneers in the field of social businesses in East Africa. We set up social enterprises that will boost the local economy in which farming families also play their role. Through parent-training we teach parents how they can make use of economic progress and practice positive upbringing to favorably impact the future of their families. In that way, we set off a chain reaction of sustainable economic and social development.
ICS: Driver of Development. A tagline that even better reflects the work of ICS. Driving development and crating opportunites for growth: that is what ICS does. Since 2012 the ICS headquarters are established in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.