Welcome to the AFARI web site.
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. ARI achieves its goals by inviting trusted local leaders from around the world to study at its campus in Japan. After nine months, they return to their communities with new skills and values to share.
As American Friends of Asian Rural Institute, we support the community-based learning at ARI by sharing information about their good work and the work of those who have graduated from their school. We encourage volunteer visits to ARI. And we raise funds for participant scholarships, facilities, and projects that enhance ARI’s ability to realize its aim “that we may live together.”