Today marks the beginning of December.
Many things have happened around the world this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There has been both joy and sadness, and now 2020 is coming to an end.
The 2020 ARI participants will be returning to their home countries after the graduation ceremony on December 12 with new, big dreams. We believe that it is in times of hardship and turmoil that the lessons learned at ARI can be applied, and that the participants’ leadership based on love will help lead their communities into better futures.
The Christmas donations you are able to make at this time of year are an important source of funding to help us welcome next year’s grassroots leaders who want to work for the good of others.
Please join us in rejoicing even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and share your wishes and hopes with ARI so that the happiness of Christmas may spread farther and reach more people.
May the joy of Christmas be upon you.
Asian Rural Institute Corporation President, Masaoki Hoshino
Asia Rural Leaders Training Program Principal, Tomoko Arakawa
ARISA Representative, Noriaki Sato