• Farrell Firsts This Thanksgiving

    November 28, will be my first Thanksgiving as a grandfather. It will also be Ella’s first birthday, an appropriate coincidence. To Ella, I am known as “Pop,” the same name my father was called by some of his more than 50 grand and great grandchildren. It will be many years before Ella knows how much love and joy she’s […]

  • AIS Danbury Press Patriotic Palms at Filosa Home

    On Wednesday, June 12th, the AIS Bridges of Peace and Hope Club took a trip to Filosa Nursing Home in Danbury to celebrate Flag Day and create an intergenerational handprint flag. John Farrell made a guest appearance and accompanied residents and students who sang multiple patriotic songs! The students visited with the residents and painted […]

  • New Club in Edmeston on a Mission to Microfinance the Future!

    The Edmeston Central School District Interact Club, a high school service club sponsored and supported by the Rotary Club of Edmeston, New York, recently became a Bridges of Peace and Peace and Hope Club. Since it started 12 years ago, the club has made many microfinance loans through Kiva.org to help people in other countries […]

  • John’s Summer Journal

    The changing seasons, the end of another school year, and a special Bridges of Peace and Hope anniversary are all reminders of the passage of time. In July of 2009 we officially received our 501c3 non-profit certificate and Bridges of Peace and Hope was born. That was 10 years ago. In some ways that seems […]