American Friends of Asian Rural Institute
The mission of AFARI is to broaden and deepen support of individuals and organizations in the US and Canada for the work of the Asian Rural Institute.
AFARI is the US-based non-profit fund-raising and support organization for the Asian Rural Institute (ARI). ARI is an international training center in Japan. Participants from developing countries in Asia, Africa and the Pacific are invited to study at ARI for nine months in sustainable, organic agriculture techniques, leadership and community development. ARI invites 25 to 30 grassroots rural leaders to study at Nasushiobara, Japan, every year.
The mission of the Asian Rural Institute is: to build an environmentally healthy, just and peaceful world, in which each person can live to his or her fullest potential.
This mission is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ.
To carry out this mission, we nurture and train rural leaders for a life of sharing.
Leaders, both women and men, who live and work in grassroots rural communities primarily in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, form a community of learning each year together with staff and other residents.
Through community-based learning we study the best ways for rural people to share and enhance resources and abilities for the common good.
We present a challenge to ourselves and to the whole world in our approach to food and life.