Tomoko Arakawa, Director of ARI, recently received a Global Innovator Award from Texas Christian University, honoring her leadership in front line work in peace and reconciliation. We congratulate her and ARI on this recognition of such important work especially in our current global context.
Tomoko also visited Indiana and Michigan where she was especially encouraged by Goshen College student queries “How can I go to ARI?”, seeing Tillers International first-hand after knowing “their name for a long time from their magazines stored in the ARI library”, and meeting Xiaoan Li from the Fetzer Institute.
Xiaoan had attended the 40th anniversary of ARI in 2013 and administered a Fetzer grant to ARI to study its curriculum. He “welcomed us and showed us around the most beautiful and peaceful office I have ever seen. He asked questions about recent development/achievements of ARI and showed great interest in our focus on peace and reconciliation”.
Meetings at Friendship Christian Reformed Church deepened relationships with current and potential donors.
Other Michigan contacts included a meeting with the Director of Impact Burundi, and a conference call with Growing Hope Globally. Each of these deepened understanding of African participants and explored possibilities for increasing collaboration with sending organizations.
A relaxing evening included enjoying live theatre of a Canadian legend, Anne of Green Gables, also famous in Japan.