ARI Main Building rebuilt
AFARI is the US-based non-profit fund-raising and support organization for the Asian Rural Institute (ARI). ARI is an international training center in Japan. Participants from developing countries in Asia, Africa and the Pacific are invited to study at ARI for nine months in sustainable, organic agriculture techniques, leadership and community development. ARI invites 25 to 30 grassroots rural leaders to study at Nasushiobara, Japan, every year.

ARI is rebuilding it's facilities as seen in the photo on the left of the recently opened Community center / classroom / Library / Cafeteria / kitchen complex dedicated September 23rd. Many thanks to the many organizations who are contributing to the reconstruction of ARI after the 2011 earthquake.


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Latest News

posted Sep 20, 2012, 6:26 PM by Robert Ray   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 6:28 AM ]

AFARI Executive Director J.B. Hoover is running in a Marathon Event to raise money to support an ARI participant. Click to see details.


Dr. Toshihiro (Tom) Takami's US visit 2012:

Photos from Tom Takami's visit to Yale Divinity School and Award ceremony

Dr. Toshihiro (Tom) Takami came to the US in October 2012.


ARI Ecumenical Relations and Communications Coordinator - Position Opening

posted Sep 20, 2012, 6:20 PM by Robert Ray   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 6:51 AM ]

ARI seeks a creative, mission-driven individual to serve as its Ecumenical Relations Coordinator. This person will work to deepen and broaden ARI’s relationship with its community of overseas supporters and partners and to strengthen the overall fundraising program. In addition, this person will play a key role in implementing ARI’s overseas’ communication strategy to reach diverse audiences and build awareness of ARI’s mission and impact.


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