Class of 2018: Chigira Hasumi

Japan Graduate Intern (2017 ARI Graduate) “A society where all people can eat safe and clean food, a society where people can live with their own dignity and humanity through organic farming and education aimed at a sustainable society.” After spending last year as a participant in the ARI training program, I am happy to be returning as a Graduate Intern with the class of 2018. I would like to continue my learning here in ARI to build the foundation for accomplishment of My Dream. The general goal for this year is the balanced combination of the theory and the practice. The thing that I especially believe it important for … Read more…

Caroline Nymache

ARI Nickname: Caroline Kenya Lake Victoria Permaculture Institute Project Manager “I work with women and girls who are challenged by stereotypes, prejudices, discriminatory customs and attitudes. I work with them as a team-mate along with others to search for possible solutions to up-lift their standards of living.” Caroline is from a tribe in Kenya called Luo, one of the largest tribes living on the shores of Lake Victoria. She describes her people as being “hardworking, pleasant, co-operative, mindful of others, hospitable, ceaselessly cheerful and generous”. Agriculture and fishing for personal consumption are the majority of activities in her community. Despite these positive traits, the Luo are increasingly facing more challenges. … Read more…

Makiko Takei

ARI Nickname: Makiko Japan Graduate of 2017 Training Assistant “My dream: all people and nature in my community become healthy through practicing organic farming.” After spending last year as a participant in the ARI training program, I am happy to be returning as a Graduate Intern with the class of 2018. My goals are: 1) To gain enough knowledge and confidence to share the skills of organic farming; 2) To share about the importance of diversity and the connection with humans and nature through the philosophy of organic farming; 3) To understand about myself. In the farm section, I’ll improve my skills of farming through working with farm staffs. Also, … Read more…

(日本語) 小林 薫

ARI Nickname: Joe Indonesia Gereja Batak Karo Protestan, GBKP Pastor “In fact at this moment we do not need competition, but how we can work together. Work together to produce the better life, by working together will certainly ease the burden of easing the cost that we should bear alone, and by working together we learn more what we didn’t know.” In the Indonesian heartland of Kabupaten, the duties of a pastor don’t end after the Sunday service benediction. Joe Ginting knows this well, as his work schedule demands he make daily efforts to help improve the lives of the Karo people of Sukajulu. Since Sukajulu is a rural village … Read more…

Moe Koyama

Name: Moe Koyama ARI Name: Moe Year at ARI: 2009, 2010 (as Graduate Intern) Country: Japan  Moe was born and raised in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city. As a college student, she began to feel something “not comfortable in my heart” but did not know its cause. On a visit to Thailand, she witnessed for the first time the extremes of city and country life. The darker side of Bangkok revealed “go-go bars,” where young women, usually from rural backgrounds, sold their bodies. She met children with HIV and saw how people lived in urban slums. After this, she went to a Karen village in the mountains near the Myanmar border. The lives … Read more…

Makiko Nakamura

Name: Makiko Nakamura ARI Name: Makiko Year at ARI: 2008, 2009 (as Graduate Intern) Country: Japan When Makiko Nakamura finished her university studies, she was eager to get involved in an NGO doing development work abroad. She secured a position at a UN agency in Nagoya as a research assistant for environmental projects but soon realized this was not what she was looking for. Their approach was “always like top down and it’s good on the paper, but not really good for the people,” she recalls. Around this time, she began volunteering at a weekend program for children. It involved kids in rice and vegetable farming and invited stone craftsmen … Read more…

Masaru Yamazaki

Name: Masaru Yamazaki ARI Name: Masaru Year at ARI: 1998, 1999 (as Graduate Intern) Country: Japan Organization: Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) Work Area: Cambodia “Learning How to Help” Equipped with two years of training in organic farming at ARI and a great deal of enthusiasm to make a positive difference in the lives of people in developing countries, Masaru Yamazaki headed to Cambodia with an NGO focused on empowering rural women. He had stayed at ARI an additional year to participate in its Graduate Intern program, which is specially offered to Japanese graduates to provide them with additional agricultural experience. In Cambodia his project was to teach women in the villages how … Read more…

ARI launches Graduate Profiles Pages

Following its 40th anniversary celebration, Transformation at the Grassroots: 40 years of walking with grassroots leaders, ARI initiated a project to go deeper into learning the impact graduates are having around the world. It contracted with Steven Cutting, former ARI staff person, and Bev Abma, external consultant, to conduct a Graduate Impact Study over a two year period. This project was generously sponsored by the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Visits to more than 230 graduates in 12 countries have revealed a tremendous diversity in the work of each of the graduates as well is in the contexts they operate and the … Read more…