Rural Leaders:  The Work and Community Impact of Graduates of the Asian Rural Institute

Whether you are new to ARI or a long-time supporter, you may find that explaining ARI – what it is, who it serves, and how it accomplishes its goals – is difficult.  This new book makes such conversations easier.  Through enriching stories and vibrant photographs, it takes the reader on a journey around the world into the homes and communities of ARI graduates, showing how they use what they learned at ARI to effect positive change.

“My ARI” ARI Community Photo Contest 2016 Summer!!

The first ARI Photo Contest is complete! We received several photographs from ARI community members (participants, volunteers, interns, working visitors, staffs). Their perspective on the daily life of ARI was captured beautifully! Visit our official Facebook page and vote for your favorite picture! ARI Official Facebook Page: “My ARI” Photo Contest 2016 Summer 4 best pictures are selected for 4 different categories: “Best Group shot”, “Best Landscape shot”, “Best Snap shot”, and “Best Supporters’ choice” Best Group Shot “It’s Fun in ARI” by Annie Jane Lagwan (Philippine) Comment from Committee: Happy, cooperative, joyful, good relationship. Those are the words that describe well about this picture. A shot from the community rice … Read more…

The Class of 2016

This year 2016 we have 28 participants from 14 countries (including two Japanese graduate interns, and one training assistant). It is always the goal of ARI to have a 50/50 male-female ratio; however, it is not always possible to achieve this due to conservative and often discriminatory policies of some organizations or societies. The most important point about the international participants is their devotion to their people and their commitment to utilize their training at ARI for the positive development of their home communities. Open PDF: The Class of 2016

Join our “English Farm” Programme 2016!

Invitation to join our “English Farm” Programme. Let’s enjoy learning English and Life with Agriculture! The theme for the coming programme is “LIF E AT (LIFE+EAT)” . It is a 3-day programme of English and Agriculture, especially with pigs as we continue from our last programme. We are going to observe slaughtered pig meat, experience slaughtering, and finally eat delicious fresh pork. We do not usually think deeply about “Life” and “Eating”, but these are the most important things in our lives. Let’s learn together with our pig farm staff Jil. You can also enjoy communicating with participants from 15 different countries during each meal and morning/evening foodlife work. It … 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…

Download our 2014 Annual Report

Our English Annual Report for fiscal 2014 is now available for download! Find out about our activities, education program and efforts in Foodlife and the local community: Download File(PDF)            2014 Annual Report (English)           2014 Annual Report (Japanese)

40 years of ARI history as PDF

Catch up on ARI’s history with the booklet “Forty Years of Walking with Grassroots Leaders” that was published in September 2013, as part of our 40th birthday celebration. Download File (PDF) Forty Years of Walking with Grassroots Leaders

Volunteer Video up on YouTube!

Please enjoy our latest video “Volunteer Voices from ARI.” Long term Volunteers from Japan and the US talk about their impressions and what they have learned during their time at ARI. Of course, we receive volunteers from other countries, too!