One very unique aspect of Asian Rural Institute as a school is that it is based on communal life, a life of sharing with people from all around the globe. Most of the ARI community members live together on or very near from the campus and each one is involved in the whole work of the school and farm. From the growing and harvesting of food to its cooking and eating. From cleaning toilets in the morning to leading prayer times in at evening.
Asian Rural Life Development Foundation (ARLDF)
American Friends of Asian Rural Institute
Founded in by Rev. Toshihiro Takami the aim of the program is to invite and train local grassroots leaders to more effectively serve in their communities as they work for the poor, the hungry, and the marginalized. Each year from April to December we bring together about 30 leaders from countries primarily in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific to take part in our Rural Leaders Training Program. It is community based and hands-on learning is emphasized in all areas.
Asian Rural Life Development Foundation
See the videos here. Please consider a donation to help us toward that goal. Asian Rural Institute, an international training institute for rural community leaders, will make a minute educational film on the teachings of Mr. Chatterjee, a graduate of ARI and a gifted educator, is aging; therefore, it is important to document his teachings and ideas in order for ARI to continue to use this valuable training for years to come.
Upon completion, program participants, return to their home villages and communities to work side by side with their people, pass on their learning, and promote development from within. 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. To carry out this mission, we nurture and train rural leaders for a life of sharing.