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, 2012. The new chapel will be dedicated soon. Many thanks to the many organizations who are contributing to the reconstruction of ARI after the 2011 earthquake.
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