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IPM held its 12th annual Namaste! – One Night for One World Benefit on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Hosted by a volunteer committee of Cleveland’s corporate and nonprofit leaders, this annual event celebrated Northeast Ohio’s incredible support of IPM’s 60 community-based projects in over 20 countries.

During our 2014 Namaste! One Night for One World  Guests will heard about IPM’s projects and enjoyed an evening of international cuisine, live music, wine, handicrafts from around the world, and participated in a silent auction. Ten of IPM’s Project Partners were present at Namaste and shared their knowledge of the socio-economic and political issues in their countries as well as the solutions they are implementing to build justice, peace, and hope.

Entertainment was provided by local artists, including jazz guitar legend Lee Bush, singer-songwriter Amanda Walsh, and Gabriel’s Horns, among others.

Leading up to Namaste! IPM hosted an Immersion Experience Reunion and a VIP Patron Reception, with Peter & Dorothy Nyong’o as well as Joseph Cistone as Special Guests. Peter Nyong’o is a respected Kenyan politician, and Dorothy is the Managing Director of the Africa Cancer Foundation in Kenya. They are the parents of Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, best known for her role in 12 years a slave.

We hope you joined us for this celebration of our 40th Anniversary which included events throughout the week which included: 

A presentation by Dorothy Nyong'o, addressing the issues of girls' and women's rights as well as the healthcare system in Kenya.

A special evening with Rick Steves, guidebook author, public radio & TV host, and one of the most respected authorities on European travel in the country. He encourages U.S. citizens to travel independently and become 'temporary locals,' by seeking paths usually unbeaten by tourists. Steves presented his latest book, Travel as a Political Act, reflections on how a life of travel can be a force for peace and understanding in the world