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Today the Regional Staff of IPM visited Musas Creativas located in El Salvador. This Project Partner is characterized for their commitmed to the development of their community againts the difficulties of this times. Today we visited them to monitoring the different projects they have and attend their needs. This time IPM donated seed money that will be use to retake the bakery project that stopped due to the pandemic, in this way they will have incomes for them and their families.
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On Friday, June 11, IPM Project Partners and Friends gathered together across the globe for this week's special #IPMResponds Virtual Forum to honor IPM CEO, Joseph F. Cistone, on his 20th Year Anniversary with IPM this month!

We invite you to watch the recorded video presentation below including just a mere snapshot of photo highlights from Joe's past 20 years and heartfelt messages of deep gratitude & love spanning the world ~ from Colombia to El Salvador, India to Kenya, Nepal to Nicaragua and beyond.

Through Joe's inspiring vision, servant leadership, and commitment to tenacious solidarity, IPM remains a beacon of hope, light, & love as we strive to build upon our founders remarkable 47-year legacy of working across borders of caste, culture, faith, and economic circumstance to nurture a more just, inclusive, & peace-filled world. Thank you, Joe, for your extraordinary dedication and all that you make possible in furthering IPM's mission of authentic relationships that affirm the human dignity of all individuals. Here's to your next 20 years!!
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Remembering IPM Special Friend, Vic Saeger

It is with cherished memories and heartfelt gratitude that we loving remember IPM special friend, Vic Saeger, on this one-year anniversary of his passing. Vic’s generosity, kindness, unwavering faith, and humility were among his defining traits and his extraordinary dedication to IPM’s work to nurture a more equitable, inclusive, and peace-filled world remains an inspiration to all of us.

As many of you know, Vic’s spouse Flo Saeger served as the Chair of IPM’s Board at a critical time in our organizational development. She was the driving force behind the most active moments of our Metropolitan Saint Louis Advisory Council and travelled, along with Vic, on Immersion Experiences in El Salvador, Kenya, Nicaragua, and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, USA. They made a remarkable pair!

Please keep Flo and the entire Saeger Family in your thoughts, prayers, and meditation practices during this still difficult day of loss and remembrance of a life well lived.
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Remembering IPM Special Friend, Vic Saeger

It is with cherished memories and heartfelt gratitude that we loving remember IPM special friend, Vic Saeger, on this one-year anniversary of his passing. Vic’s generosity, kindness, unwavering faith, and humility were among his defining traits and his extraordinary dedication to IPM’s work to nurture a more equitable, inclusive, and peace-filled world remains an inspiration to all of us.  

As many of you know, Vic’s spouse Flo Saeger served as the Chair of IPM’s Board at a critical time in our organizational development. She was the driving force behind the most active moments of our Metropolitan Saint Louis Advisory Council and travelled, along with Vic, on Immersion Experiences in El Salvador, Kenya, Nicaragua, and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, USA. They made a remarkable pair!

Please keep Flo and the entire Saeger Family in your thoughts, prayers, and meditation practices during this still difficult day of loss and remembrance of a life well lived.

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I am forever blessed to have known such an amazing, kind-hearted, & compassionate man and still struggle to find the words that could begin to adequately convey the enormous impact Vic and Flo Saeger have had on me personally and the entire IPM Family. Their incredible example of unconditional love, generosity, solidarity, and service to others has touched the lives of countless individuals illuminating our world with hope and light. ❤

Some of my fondest memories in Saint Louis (and Kenya) are with these two! What an inspiration they have been for the entire IPM Family!

Always felt so welcomed at their home. For some reason always remember his quietness and peace. We could sit together in silence for long stretches of time. Our conversations had long pauses but it was always a continuous one. It was very comforting...Thanks to both Vic and Flo Saeger for that.

My thoughts and prayers for Flo and Saeger family, Flo Saeger was in Immersion trip to Nepal, I am grateful to have in IPM family

Happening now ... #IPMResponds Weekly Virtual Forum featuring IPM CEO Joe Cistone and Eneyda Ramos, Coordinator of Research & Resource Mobilization, who will be speaking to us about: Measuring the Impact of IPM’s work through Quantitative Analysis. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello Joe.

15 Years on June 5th! Thank you Ilze, for all you do at the heart of IPM. You are, as my kids say & everyone knows, #TheBestHireEver. Here's to our future together! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you, Joe, and entire IPM Family for blessing my life beyond measure during these past 15 years with your enormous love … a connection of hearts & friends that span the globe … and the example of selfless dedication to bring hope & light to this world. I know that I’m the lucky one to work with such incredible colleagues, Board, friends, and supporters … and forever grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization. Thank you all for inspiring me each & every day! ❤

As I told Joe 15 years ago, offering Ilze the job is the best hiring decision he'll ever make. Am not surprised that I was right about that one! Yeah, Joe, you're a lucky CEO...

Ilze is special—the most effective, inspiring, committed, sensitive, kind person I’ve ever been blessed to know

Ilze Fender is just the kindest and best.

The IPM regional staff visited the Project Partner IDES in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador to monitor and accompany the different productive initiatives that they have focused on strengthening food sovereignty. On this occasion we visited the new group of women, made up of four members of different families, they are currently raising 50 chickens with which they plan to feed their families and have more income. Also, we visited the Tilapia project to see how a new motor for the tilapia pond financed with IPM is improving the growth of the fingerlings, which will attract benefits for another four families from a different community. Is amazing the progress of this Project Partner! We appreciate all your support to IPM and its Project Partners.

To donate or learn more please visit ipmconnect.org/

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TESTIMONIALS

Dorothy Nyong’o, Director, Africa Cancer Foundation

“We are proud to be associated with this organization that is changing lives around the world in very fundamental ways through sustainable projects and capacity-building.”

Rick Steves, Author and TV/Radio Personality

"Organizations like IPM, and their Project Partners around the world, challenge us to see the world through the lens of abundance, to find ways to live and work together...[to] teach us how to live in solidarity and love."

Zoraida Soza Sanchez, IPM Project Partner, Mujer Y Communidad

“IPM is giving an opportunity to the youth so that they have the tools to contribute to the construction of a new society.”

Judith Ranger Smith, Executive Director, Singing For Change Foundation

"Seeing the mutual respect among IPM Partners and Staff, understanding the fierce and appropriate sense of pride the Partners feel about their projects...the work being done in communities across Kenya gave me hope for deep, meaningful change."

Clint McCann, Professor, Eden Theological Seminary

"As an IEP participant, I discovered very quickly that the IPM staff is extraordinarily well-informed, supremely conscientious, and deeply committed to genuine two-way partnerships that build justice, peace and hope."

Tim McCarthy, Founder, The Business of Good Foundation

"The very fact that every single [IPM] service person I met, even in dire circumstances, had a sense of humor reminded me that there is abundance available for me in every moment."

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