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Happening Now! … #IPMResponds - Weekly Virtual Forum featuring IPM respected friend, educator, and human rights advocate, Moisés Gómez, of the University of Central America and Jesuit Migration Network in El Salvador who will be speaking to us about: El Salvador as a Social Experiment: Migration waves in El Salvador ~ the root causes of migration and forced displacement, & how to defend the lives and rights of Central American migrants.

As our country and world continue to navigate the complexities of migration policies & related issues at the international, national, and local levels, it is essential to build respect for the basic human rights of migrants and hold accountable those people or governments who violate those rights. Our discussion will take a closer look at the political treatment of migratory flows in the Central America - North America corridor, and as members of a global community highlight how we can stand together in solidarity to protect the basic dignity and humanity of migrants.

Moderated by IPM CEO Joe Cistone, this continues a series of weekly Virtual Forums with IPM Community and Project Partners, members of our International Executive Board, Staff Leadership Team, and select other volunteers, donors, and friends for an hour long discussion of how, together with your support, IPM is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and other vital challenges facing our world including migration, climate change, the struggle for racial equity, and particularly the rights for women and girls.

To learn more about IPM’s inspiring programs and remarkable Project Partners across the globe, please visit our website at: www.ipmconnect.org. Thank you!

#IPMResponds #Solidarity #Migration #HumanRights
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2 days ago

Dear Friends,

We are deeply saddened to share with you the news that former IPM Executive Director and cherished friend, Bernie Marquardt-Wilde, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the age of 82.

As we reflect on all those who created and nurtured the founding of IPM in 1974, Bernie was at the forefront working alongside our Co-Founders, Jim Mayer and Paul Strege. Her extraordinary commitment to IPM spans more than 47 years -- first as a dedicated volunteer and later staff member, followed by serving as Executive Director from 1997-2000. She was a gracious host of our current CEO during Joe Cistone’s many travels to Saint Louis as a Board member in the mid-90’s when he spent many a night in conversation with Bernie before retiring to the Office floor in her Arnold, MO, home! Perhaps most humbling was Bernie’s unwavering generosity and support for Project Partners around the world. She was a woman of impeccable honesty and deep, faithful commitment to the core values of IPM!

Much of IPM’s development during those early years can be credited to Bernie’s selfless dedication to our mission and vision. The late Paul Strege, noted Bernie’s capacity for consistently “making the almost-impossible happen.” Bernie was known for her tireless commitment to bringing people together—through workshops, events, meetings, or celebrations—to share one another’s enthusiasm for IPM’s work around the world. When Paul retired it was Bernie who worked alongside an increasingly diverse Board to plant the seeds for IPM’s future growth.

In the words of Joe, “Since I first met Bernie, I have known her to be a profoundly dedicated individual. Her enthusiasm for IPM’s Project Partners made her a wonderful advocate for some of our sisters and brothers around the world. She had my back during some of my most difficult moments as an IPM Project Coordinator and became a dear friend upon my return to the USA. The entire IPM Family is deeply humbled to have had her energy and encouragement over her many years of faithful and inspiring service.”

During this difficult time of grief and loss, we kindly ask that you please keep Bernie’s spouse Roy and the entire Marquardt-Wilde Family close at heart and in your thoughts, prayers, & meditation practices. A link to the memorial listing providing additional information regarding services planned is provided below:

www.kutisfuneralhomes.com/marquardt-wilde-bernita-b-bernie/

May the Peace that Passes All Understanding be with the Marquardt-Wilde Family and all those who held Bernie dear. Thank you!
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4 days ago

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My heart is filled with incredible sadness to hear of Bernie’s passing. It is difficult to find words that could ever adequately express the depth of her love, compassion, faith, and generous spirit she brought to this world … and to the entire IPM Family across the globe. I will forever be grateful for our many phone calls and visits over the years that always provided a wealth of knowledge, history, and enthusiastic passion for IPM’s work and Project Partners, particularly during those early founding years. Thank you, Bernie, for the hope, light, and love you have ... and continue to bring to IPM and our world through your enduring gift of friendship. Sending my love and prayers for peace & comfort to Roy and Bernie’s entire family during this difficult time.

To the family of Wielde Peace To the entire IPM I wish you Peace too May her soul rest in peace as well

RIP

May she Rest In Peace.

Rip

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A blessed #YomKippur
to everyone celebrating today.
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1 week ago

Happening Now! … #IPMResponds - Weekly Virtual Forum featuring IPM CEO, Joe Cistone. As has been our tradition throughout the pandemic, we dedicate one Friday Virtual Forum each quarter to an open conversation with our CEO. Please consider joining us to learn more about IPM’s current work and programs and take advantage of this opportunity for informal conversation to ask Joe about anything you’d like.

This continues a series of weekly Virtual Forums with IPM Community and Project Partners, members of our International Executive Board, Staff Leadership Team, and select other volunteers, donors, and friends for an hour long discussion of how, together with your support, IPM is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and other vital challenges facing our world including climate change, the struggle for racial equity, and particularly the rights for women and girls.

To learn more about IPM’s inspiring programs and remarkable Project Partners across the globe, please visit our website at: www.ipmconnect.org. Thank you!

#IPMResponds #Solidarity #Covid-19
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Due to the sensitive nature of today’s Forum part of the Forum was “muted” on Facebook. If you would like a copy of the Zoom feed please let Ilze Fender in our Cleveland headquarters know. Peace, Joe

IPM stands with all Human rights organizations (La Mesa contra la Impunidad & el Grupo Gestor por una Ley Integral de Reparaciones) that call for Solidarity and Justice with the Victims of #ElMozote. These groups have denounced the legislative reform to remove all judges who have served for 30 years and those older than 60 years, producing an evident disruption of historic war crime prosecutions, particularly the case of El Mozote in which the potential removal of Jorge Guzmán, the judge who ordered the reopening of the case in September 2016, puts the trial in jeopardy. We stand with the Victims and call for Justice for Rufina Amaya, mothers, children, and all victims of El Mozote. #JusticiaparaElMozote #SolidaridadconElMozote #ElMozoteNuncaMas ... See MoreSee Less

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IPM stands with all Human rights organizations (La Mesa contra la Impunidad & el Grupo Gestor por una Ley Integral de Reparaciones) that call for Solidarity and Justice with the Victims of #ElMozote. These groups have denounced the legislative reform to remove all judges who have served for 30 years and those older than 60 years, producing an evident disruption of historic war crime prosecutions, particularly the case of El Mozote in which the potential removal of Jorge Guzmán, the judge who ordered the reopening of the case in September 2016, puts the trial in jeopardy. We stand with the Victims and call for Justice for Rufina Amaya, mothers, children, and all victims of El Mozote.  #JusticiaparaElMozote #SolidaridadconElMozote #ElMozoteNuncaMasImage attachmentImage attachment

Happening Now! … #IPMResponds - Weekly Virtual Forum featuring IPM respected friend, Iván Villatoro, of the Education Ministry in El Salvador will be speaking to us about: Independence and Cultural Homogenization ~ Impacts of the Independence Process on the Indigenous Peoples of El Salvador.

Known for his dedication and work with indigenous communities in Panchimalco, Iván’s presentation will provide a brief historical overview of the sociocultural transformations that the indigenous peoples of El Salvador have experienced throughout history. As the country looks forward to commemorating its 200-year anniversary of Independence on September 15, our discussion will take a closer look at the impact this has had and asking the question: In what way did the emergence of the republic of El Salvador contribute to the dismantling of cultural diversity in the territory?

This continues a series of weekly Virtual Forums with IPM Community and Project Partners, members of our International Executive Board, Staff Leadership Team, and select other volunteers, donors, and friends for an hour long discussion of how, together with your support, IPM is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and other vital challenges facing our world including climate change, the struggle for racial equity, and particularly the rights for women and girls.

To learn more about IPM’s inspiring programs and remarkable Project Partners across the globe, please visit our website at: www.ipmconnect.org. Thank you!

#IPMResponds #Solidarity #Covid-19
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2 weeks ago

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Indigenous people in India have been at the receiving end of many projects and Industrialization. There are many struggles from opposing the projects to those seeking justice by seeking appropriate compensation and rehabilitation.

Thank you Ivan from us all in South Asia for your sharing

Gracias!

#ElSalvador
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2 weeks ago

The IPM Staff provides organizational support to Project Partners in El Salvador. This time the first part of the workshop on Resilience and Business Empowerment was provided to ACOMUJERZA

#IPMResponds#Justicia #paz #esperanza #Justice #peace #hope
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3 weeks ago
The IPM Staff provides organizational support to Project Partners in El Salvador. This time the first part of the workshop on Resilience and Business Empowerment was provided to ACOMUJERZA

#IPMResponds#Justicia #paz #esperanza #Justice #peace #hopeImage attachmentImage attachment
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RESPONDING TO COVID-19

What can we do to bridge the new boundaries being forced between us? How can we best grow and respond? Learn how our Project Partners are responding >

TESTIMONIALS

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."

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.”

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."

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."

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.”

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