Since its foundation in 1973, 1,245 women and men from 56 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin-America have graduated from ARI (as of 2013).
The ARI training emphasizes the importance of food and fosters community development through sustainable farming. But that does not mean that graduates are mainly active in agriculture. Their fields of work include women’s rights, children’s education, micro-finance, health care, disaster relief, refugees and migrants, counseling of war victims, peace building, land titles of indigenous people, reforestation, nuclear disarmament and various others.
In certain regions ARI graduates have organized themselves into associations. Typically an association will meet annually, bringing together graduates to share news and stories. ARI graduates are leading from the grassroots, serving people whom others ignore. Each one is an agent of change in his/her community, contributing to the realization of a better world. It is an endeavor of many challenges and few rewards. The chance to come together in solidarity, to share their successes and failures, to know that they are not alone in their work, is a huge encouragement.
In this section you can read selected statements of some of our graduates. Stay tuned for more graduate articles to come!
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Comments from our Grads
“Using the ARI training and experiences I have gained in my work, I have seen people transformed from hopeless people to people with hope.”
Mr. Peter Chandi. Kenya, 1990
“After my ARI training, I became a new person in my dealing with people, using a bottom-up approach, and a friendly attitude towards our environment, which gives a life support system to all living beings and preserves God’s creation for the continuity of life.”
Ms. Chozule Kikhi. Northeast India, 1994
I learnt from many people in ARI, especially Dr. Takami, who really taught me by action. The most improtant thing for me is how to proactice what I observed in my daily life at ARI. Now, I practice it in my family, my organization, and my community.
Rev. Tigor Sihombing. Indonesia, 2003