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#IPMResponds - Weekly Virtual Forum happening now with featured speakers: IPM International Executive Board Member Rodrigo Peret, OFM, and his colleague Moema Maria Marques de Miranda SFO who will be sharing their work related to Environmental Justice! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Sisters of Notre Dame are also in Brazil, and I have been very concerned about the situation there. In our upcoming 2022 international meeting, we will include a focus on addressing the climate change crisis...so I am interested in gathering ideas of how our congregation can best have an impact.

P.S. to Joe...Thanks for lauding SND Cleveland, but Cleveland is only the national office of our newly merged SNDUSA. Our international center is actually in Rome. Snds serve in 17 countries, on 5 continents, so USA is just a "cog in the wheel" so to speak! Happy 20th anniversary of directing IPM. You and your international team are amazing!

#IPMResponds - Weekly Virtual Forum happening now with featured speakers: IPM International Executive Board Member Rodrigo Peret, OFM, and his colleague Moema Maria Marques de Miranda who will be sharing their work related to Environmental Justice! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you; I can see the event now!

Our heartfelt thanks to IPM International Executive Board Co-Chair, Xenia Chevez, and fellow members of IPM Project Partner CEPROSI in Nindiri, NICARAGUA for their thoughtful expression of celebration & gratitude during this week of IPM’s 47th Anniversary.

In reflecting on this special occasion, they shared the following words on behalf of their community regarding our long-standing partnership: “This is what IPM means to us: years of service and commitment; effort, compassion and love. IPM has caused a huge impact in our hearts and lives, but most of all in the communities in which we work. For all of this we all wish you many blessings!”

As one of IPM’s most inspiring Partners, CEPROSI, this women-led organization supports grassroots micro-enterprise projects that provide sustainable economic opportunities for women as well as to improve the nutrition and health in three communities, Campusano, Portillo, and Papayal, where it runs three main cooperatives of women: Artesanias de Tuza, focusing on handcrafts; Sol de Vida, an herbal health cooperative, providing herbal health education; and Delicias de mi Tierra, an organic food cooperative, providing healthy food/meal preparation, pickling & preserving farmed produce.

To learn more about IPM's remarkable Project Partners like CEPROSI and how you can support their vital work ... especially during these challenging times of Covid-19, please visit our website at: www.ipmconnect.org. Thank you!

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Eid Mubarak to everyone--especially IPM's Partners, Fellows, Friends, & Volunteers in South Asia & Sub Saharan Africa in the midst of an expanding pandemic as they coordinate IPM's Response. ... See MoreSee Less

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Eid Mubarak to everyone 🙏

Thank you to Sonia and Dinora of the El Colectivo de Mujeres de Zaragoza, El Zaite, EL SALVADOR, for sharing their thoughtful expression of celebration & gratitude during this week of IPM’s 47th Anniversary since our founding.

As one of IPM’s inspiring Partners, this remarkable Women’s Collective works hand-in-hand with the Patronato Lidia Coggiola community and focuses on creating programs and tools to empower women through various activities, workshops, and solidarity.

To learn more about IPM's remarkable Project Partners around the world and how you can support their vital work ... please visit our website at: www.ipmconnect.org. Thank you!

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IPM staff in El Salvador visited Musas Creativas to give a workshop on emotional intelligence to promote the personal development of the members to improve their quality of life. Through techniques that allow them to face everyday difficulties in a constructive way. During the visit, we celebrated Mother's Day with them, a date so special for them since each one has chosen to be mothers to give love and dedication to her children and from which their struggles have arisen.

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Happy 47th Anniversary IPM!!! Special thanks to the Mayer, Strege, and Marquardt families for all they did (and do) to make our mission possible! We stand on your your shoulders and In your honor we continue transforming lives around the world! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy 47th Anniversary IPM!!! Special thanks to the Mayer, Strege, and Marquardt families for all they did (and do) to make our mission possible! We stand on your your shoulders and In your honor we continue transforming lives around the world!

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Feliz 47 aniversario, mil bendiciones

I would also be happy to see the work done today by the founding trustees for the purpose for which IPM was established, the current CEO Joe and the staff have raised IPM as a family, where the feeling , Love affair, always ready to help as much as possible, joining IPM has led to a lot of growth of personaly pochabhai foundation, giving us international recognition is very important for us, for the first time On this day, my prayer is that IPM will make even more progress, serve the miserable, destitute people of the world with more zeal and contribute to the elimination of human rights, caste discrimination.

What a crew! I miss you all, and am deeply thankful for the work you all, and IPM’s partners, are doing everyday.

Happy 47th Anniversary

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TESTIMONIALS

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."

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."

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.”

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.”

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."

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."

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#MagicalHolidays

– December 24th, 2019 – Check out the latest at @IPMConnect e-connections. #HappyHolidays! https://mailchi.mp/18124992147e/what-we-find-magical-about-our-work-with-ipm?e=6ceb180db0 Joseph F. Cistone December 1, 2015…
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Thankful For Each of You!

– November 28th, 2019 – Link to Thanksgiving 2019 E-Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/421d73eb3499/thanksgivinga-time-to-remember-who-we-are-1691753?e=a5c8d47150Joseph F. CistoneDecember 1, 2015joesphfranciscistone.net
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– October 16th, 2019 – Dear Friends, One of the most difficult aspects of my role with IPM is to…
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– April 19th, 2019 – Dear Friends, Thursday night I had the privilege to celebrate again this year a Jewish…
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#AmaniKenya

– January 16th, 2019 – Wrote this more than 5 years ago but no less relevant today. (Article: What Kenya…
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A New Year’s Remembrance

– January 1st, 2019 – Dear Friends,I had planned to write you today with New Year’s Greetings while reminding you…
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– November 22nd, 2018 – It probably won’t surprise you to know that Thanksgiving remains a holiday of mixed blessings…
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#KeepFamiliesTogether

– June 22nd, 2018 – On Sunday June 17 as I gathered with the members of my faith community to…
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A Cry of the Nicaraguan People

– May 17th, 2018 – I’m sorry José, I can only share this sad thing we’re living! Still we are very…
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Be Not Afraid

– March 30th 2018 – What a week it’s been! It seems like I’ve been saying that a lot this…
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#Let Teachers Teach

– March 10th, 2018 – My parents are retired teachers—public and parochial schools respectively. My cousin teaches in one of…
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Happy New Year From IPM!

– December 30th 2017 – Dear Friends,This New Year’s Eve will find me in Assisi with an IPM delegation focused…
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A Much-Needed #SeasonOfLightAndLove

– December 23rd, 2017 – Dear Friends,This month most of us within the #IPMFamily will gather with those we love…
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Two Anniversaries: World AIDS Day & Remembering The Martyrs of El Salvador

– December 1st, 2017 – Dear Friends,I write to you today on what the world celebrates as World AIDS Day…
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– November 29th, 2017 – I’m not sure that it’s “standard blog behavior” to share the writings of others. But…
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– November 22nd, 2017 – It probably won’t surprise you to know that Thanksgiving has always been a holiday of…
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– October 28th, 2017 – These days I’m increasingly convinced that the question isn’t if we took the road less…
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– August 22nd, 2017 – The famous Chinese saying is may you live in interesting times. Well, we certainly are…
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– July 9th, 2016 – “We are on the edge of a precipice. We can either stop the hate and…
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