These are some of my favorite pictures that I took during my time at ARI. Click on any thumbnail to enlarge the picture.
Listen to ARI's theme song
Take My Hand
by clicking here. (MP3 format, 1.5meg)
Recorded summer of 98' by the ARI community.
Asian Rural Institue (ARI), Japan
ARI is located at Nishinasuno Japan. In 1998 I was a volunteer at ARI for 3 months (May 25th - August 15th). I worked in the maintenence section. ARI is a non-profit organization. They select leaders from villages throughout Asia, fly them to ARI, and then train them for a year in farm management, food preservation, and community leadership. The students then go home to apply what they have learned. For many, this trip is the first time out of their province or state, let alone out of their country. It was great talking to a number of people from various countries. I even got several offers to stay with people in their home towns and took them up on a couple of the offers. I visited Sushma Pant and her family in Kathmandu, Nepal and also visited Fr. Robert Machado in Bombay, India. ARI's mission statement is Simple:
To nurture and train rural community leaders, both women and men at the grass root level, in the love of Christ, to facilitate self-development of marginalized people in order to achieve the building of a just and peaceful society in which each can live to the fullest potential, free to work together, sharing resources and abilities with neighbors for our common good.