Our CREDO and Logo

Go to the people,
Live among them,
Learn from them,
Plan with them,
Work with them.
Start with what they know,
Build on what they have.
Teach by showing,
Learn by doing.
Not a showcase,
But a pattern.
Not odds and ends,
but a system.

Not piecemeal, but integrated approach.
Not to conform, but to transform.
Not relief, but release.


IRR’s Mission statement and a confirmation of Dr. Yen’s historic Credo of Rural Reconstruction crystallize the response of the Institute to the current needs of the rural poor in developing countries. They also provide the foundation for the work of IIRR, embody continuity with the past and provide new commitment and energy for the future.

Our Logo

The PING is a Chinese ideogram, a symbol expressing an idea that cannot adequately be summarized in words. It was used as the logo of the Mass Education Movement founded in China in 1923 by Dr. Y.C. James Yen and is now used to represent the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) established in 1960.
There are two levels of meaning of the PING: global and personal.
For the World, the PING is meant to light the path to Peace, Equality, and Justice.
The horizontal bar on the top represents the mind or brain–essential for the success of any Effort.
The dash on the left is equity.
The dash on the right is justice.
The cross in the center represents compassion for the neglected poor.
“Ping-Min” (common people) “Jiao-Yu” (education) means mass education in Chinese. According to Dr. Yen, equal education and opportunity for all corrects injustice. When there is equity and justice, there will be peace.
For each person, the PING inspires Calmness, Serenity, and Tranquility.
The Chinese maxim “Ping Xin Jing Qu” advises that when provoked and irate, “calm your heart and quiet your mind” to acquire serenity and tranquility.

In honor of our founder, his background, and his beliefs, IIRR has adopted the PING as its logo.

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