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									Annual Report 2007
April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008

The Asian Rural Institute
Rural Leaders Training Center
ARI Mission Statement

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
local 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.

                     Editors: Steven Cutting and AFARI volunteers Rod and Maria Booth
Greetings from the Chair / Director
In 2007 ARI welcomed 25 participants and 2 training        During 2007 we carried out several staff planning
assistants from 11 different countries throughout Asia,    events, visioning and planning for both mid-term and
Africa, and the Pacific. Living together on this campus    long-range organizational change. The board
they shared their talents as well as their concerns,       meanwhile remains very conscious of the need to
learning to solve problems and develop their potential     strengthen the financial foundation of ARI and to
as rural leaders. Despite the financial constraints of     undertake the update and renovation of many of our
this past year we were able, with the support and          deteriorating facilities. In 2008 it will commence a
prayers of the many friends of ARI around the world,       series of fund-raising ventures designed to achieve
to successfully complete this program. We are deeply       these goals by ARI’s 40th Anniversary, five years from
grateful for your continuing support.                      now.

It could be said that 2007 was the year in which the       We hope you will be inspired by the stories contained
world woke up to the fact that it can no longer carry on   in this, our 2007 annual report. The people who make
doing ‘business as usual.’ Soaring fuel prices,            up our community know intimately the poverty and
shortages of basic food commodities, and the spike in      inequality suffered by the rural poor. At ARI we work
food and fertilizer costs worldwide made people aware      together to identify the issues and develop the
that we can no longer ignore our oneness with the          leadership that will make it possible to build a world in
created     order. ARI’s       commitment      to    the   which we may indeed, one day, truly ‘live together.’
interdependency of nature, organic food production,        We value your support and your on-going commitment
sustainable development and the training of rural          to sharing this journey with us.
leadership is being proven essential for the survival of
the planet. This year, as we celebrated our 35th                                      Board Chair: Dr. Akira Niwa
anniversary, we took a hard look at our mission
statement, its role both in ARI and in the world today,
and took further steps to ensure that it continues to                                   Director: Mr. Isao Nozaki
guide us and serve as the central focus for all of our

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Review of the Training Program

           2007 Training Report
           Tomoko Arakawa - Curriculum Coodinator

           First of all, I am very thankful for God’s abundant blessings     change their own way of leading people in their own homes,
           and guidance on our 2007 Rural Leaders Training Program           organizations, and communities, stating strongly that they
           at the Asian Rural Institute. Thanks to the support and coop-     will listen to the voices of the people and stand at the same
           eration of many friends and supporters, we were able to           level as the people while working and sweating together
           complete this year’s training program and send out 25             with them.
           graduates of 11 nationalities.
                                                                             Organic Farming Skills
           Leadership Training through Field Management                      The second was practical organic and sustainable agricul-
           This year we continued our practical leadership training in       tural training. Most of the participants were able to acquire
           group field management as a core of our training. The group       practical skills in organic and sustainable agriculture by
           leader in this field management system was rotated every          involving themselves directly in planning, implementation,
           three weeks, and by the end of November, each participant         and reflection each day in crop and vegetable production
           had completed their leadership term. At the end of each           and livestock management. Now many participants have
           leadership term, the group together with staff did a “leader’s    plans to start their own new organic farms and teach these
           reflection” from the point of view of “servant leadership,” the   skills to the local farmers; especially in order to rescue those
           standard that ARI holds as an ideal image of a leader. In         farmers who are in a vicious cycle of debt created by
           addition to this leader’s reflection, we discussed the roles of   purchasing expensive agricultural inputs like chemical
           the followers: how followers are able to support a leader         fertilizers and pesticides. Many participants would like to
           efficiently and how a follower can contribute toward the          immediately introduce techniques of making organic fertiliz-
           benefit of a whole group. Based on this discussion, we also       ers and natural pesticides, utilizing locally available
           reflected on each member’s contribution and role as a             resources.
           follower. Each participant was able to nurture his or her
           servant leadership skills, both while they served as a leader     Time Management
           and during the time they were the supporting members of           The third area of learning that the participants greatly appre-
           the group.                                                        ciated was time management. Many mentioned that this
                                                                             was the first time in their lives that they lived according to a
           New Image of a Leader                                             well-planned schedule and actually carried out that sched-
           Summarizing the participants’ training reflections, there were    ule. They concluded that one of the reasons development
           three major areas of learning that impressed them. The first      moves so slowly in their communities was that people do
           was Servant Leadership. In the daily field management             not have a concept of time management, nor are they in the
           activities, as mentioned before, and in many moments in           habit of creating a plan based on a schedule. In order to
           daily life, the participants gradually changed their image of     make a scheduled thing happen at a scheduled time, the
           themselves as a leader. Now they are loud proclaimers of          participants found that they have to change their concept of
           Servant Leadership. Many participants determined to               time management and start practicing it in daily life.

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                                                                                  Review of the Training Program

Peace from the Soil                                               farmers in Ogawa town, in Saitama Prefecture, Mr. Toru
One unique event in this year’s training was the peace            Sakawa in Iwate Prefecture, and Mr. Tatsuo Sakahara who
symposium “Peace from the Soil” held in September. This           guided us in the Ashio Copper Mine pollution study. Their
symposium was funded by the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center          insights had a tremendous impact on the participants.
for UNESCO (ACCU) and we invited eight peace activists            Joining us on Campus
including four ARI Graduates. All of these lecturers are          We hosted 125 working visitors and 46 work camp groups
involved in peace movements in conflict areas of the world        this year. They stayed in the Nasu Seminar House and ARI
and we were able to hear their living voices. At the end of       dormitories and joined our community, adding color to our
the program, we came up with a joint resolution for using the     life. Trainees of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers
rural areas to promote peace at the grassroots.                   also participated in the training program in May and August,
Off Campus Study                                                  each for two weeks. This year, two summer interns from
This year, the same as in the last few years, for our rural       Wellesley College and four Global Justice Volunteers from
community study, we were blessed with great cooperation           the United Methodist Church General Board for Global
from the farmers, government organizations, and agricul-          Ministries in the U.S. joined us in our work and activities.
tural institutions in the Okitama and Shonai areas in             All year round this campus was filled with people, young and
Yamagata prefecture and the Nikaho area in Akita prefec-          old, of different colors and different nations. We, who are
ture. During the Western Japan Study Tour, the Osaka              different from each other, share an important thing in life -
Mimani YMCA and the Minamata Anti-Chemical Orange                 that is food, and by that we are able to draw out the poten-
Farmers League provided us special support. For two home          tial and creativity that lies in all of us. In ARI, each person
stay programs in the Tokyo metropolitan area, members of          who gathers here is a vital component to the community.
UCCJ Ecumenical Relations Committee of the National               Each one of us was able to have a very special creative
Federation of Kyodan Women’s Societies (KWS) and Tokyo            experience, by sharing food. We give thanks to God who
Union Church kindly opened their homes. A special thank           made this miracle happen in this community and all the
you also goes to Mr. and Mrs. Kaneko and other organic            people who supported this program.

                                    Three Pillars of ARI’s Rural Leaders Training Program
                                                          Personal Growth

                                                       Enrichment of Foodlife
                                  Enrichment of                                      Community-based
                                       Rural Life                                    Approach

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Review of the Training Program

  The ARI Curriculum - Learning by Doing
                                                                   2007 Lecture Agenda (*guest lecturer)
  “When you learn by doing you get the skill right
  inside you.”                                                     The Mission and History of ARI          Mr. Nozaki
                          Peter Chandi, 1990 ARI Graduate, Kenya   Servant Leadership                      Mr. Nozaki
                                                                   The Role of Rural Leaders in            Rev. Um* (pastor, ARI counselor)
  Field Management Activity (FMA) – Participants were
  divided into small groups and given the responsibility of        Participatory Learning & Action         Ms. Yasuda* (Asha Ko Kiran NGO)
  managing one ARI garden as well as one section of livestock      Appreciative Inquiry                    Mr. Cutting
  together with the help of volunteers and staff. This system      Policy Advocacy                         Dr. Tasaka* (ARI board member)
  was set up to give participants more opportunities for practi-   Presentation Skills                     Ms. Sugawara
  cal application of ARI training in the following areas:          3 Dimensional Agriculture & the         Mr. Haga* (Tozawa Village Intl’ Assoc.)
      • Integrated organic agricultural techniques                    Spirit of the Rural Leader
      • Planning and management of the farm                        Facilitation Skills                     Ms. Arakawa
      • Leadership                                                 Report Writing                          Mr. Cutting
                                                                   Independent Learning                    Mr. & Mrs. Cutting*
      • Utilization of local resources
      • Group dynamics and participatory decision making
      • Sharing indigenous knowledge
                                                                   Contemporary Issues in Development      Mr. Nozaki
  Practical Field Study (PFS) – These sessions give both           Development and the Mission of ARI      Mr. Hoover*
  theoretical and hands-on knowledge of organic farming,           Modernization, Development,             Mr. Epp* (Menno Village Organic Farm)
  animal rearing, and food processing techniques.                      and Globalization
                                                                   Is Biotechnology Necessary              Mr. Epp*
     • Bokashi (quick compost) making
                                                                   Local Food Systems                      Mr. Epp*
     • Composting
                                                                   Credit Union                            Mr. Endo
     • Integrated pest management
                                                                   Rural Development                       Mr. Kikuchi* (former ARI staff)
     • Indigenous microorganisms
                                                                   Development and the Environment         Dr. Tasaka* (ARI board member)
     • Fermented plant juice                                       Nutrition                               Ms. Arakawa
     • Fish amino acid                                             Human Trafficking in Asia               Ms. Kaida* (Japan Intl’ Center for
     • Water soluble calcium                                                                                  Children’s Rights)
     • Charcoal and wood vinegar making                            The History of Nasu Canal               Mr. Tamura*
     • Seed collection                                             Ashio Copper Mine Environmental         Mr. Sakahara* (Dir. Shozo Tanaka Univ.)
     • Soil blocks for seed germination                               Pollution
     • Aigamo duck & rice integrated farming                       The Work of UNICEF                      Dr. Hirabayashi* (UNICEF Tokyo)
     • Fermented fish feed making                                  Social Work                             Dr. Vernon* (Indiana University)
                                                                   Gender Issues                           Ms. Mensendiek* (Doshisha University)
     • Livestock disease prevention
                                                                   Negros – the Sugar Island and           Mr. Ishikawa (MC-ARI Santa Rita
     • Livestock feed mixing
                                                                      Farming                                 Training Center)
  Optional Seasonal Topics                                         History of Japanese Immigrants          Dr. Fujimoto* (University of California,
    • Fermented plant juice making                                    in California                           Davis)
    • Brooding of poultry                                          Materials Development for Disaster      Ms. Shibao,* Ms. Zawa* (Asia/Pacific
    • Fish spawning                                                   Management                              Cultural Centre for UNESCO)
                                                                   Basic Japanese                          Ms. Ogura*
    • Pigs – artificial insemination, delivery, castration

  Optional Topics                                                  Sustainable Agriculture
    • Biogas system                                                Sustainable Agriculture Theory          Mr. Nagashima
    • Ram pump system                                              Sustainable Agriculture Theory          Mr. Shekhar Chatterjee* (Ag. Advisor, India)
    • Gray water treatment system                                  Agriculture in Japan                    Ms. Sugawara
    • Meat processing – sausage, ham, smoked chicken               Integrated Farming                      Mr. Nagashima
                                                                   Crops & Vegetables                      Mr. Arakawa
    • Baking – bread, cookies, cakes
                                                                   Livestock                               Mr. Nagashima
    • Soap making
                                                                   Basic Science                           Mr. Nozaki
                                                                   The Dangers of Chemical Farming         Dr. Tasaka*
                                                                   Natural Farming                         Mr. Murakami* (natural farmer)
                                                                   Appropriate Technology                  Mr. Nagashima
                                                                   Food Processing                         Ms. Yamaguchi
                                                                   Climate and International Agriculture   Mr. Kobayashi* (Institute for Global
                                                                      Development                             Environmental Strategies)

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                                                                                Review of the Training Program

Curriculum Focus – Observation Trips
Off campus training is a large part of the total ARI experi-      Study Trips
ence. Through the generosity of local farmers and organi-
                                                                  Neighbouring farmers – rice seedling center, dairy farm,
zations we can give participants a great deal of exposure
                                                                     fish culture farm
and learning on issues that deeply effect their local commu-
                                                                  Ashio Copper Mine – anti-pollution activism
nities, such as community based recycling, the long term
                                                                  Huttarite Community – organic farming community
effects of industrial pollution, livelihood projects for the
                                                                  Kaneko, Tashita, and Kuwabara organic farms
disabled, and even the vivid realities of nuclear war. They
                                                                  Kasumigaura Lake – fish culture and processing center
visit and work on organic farms, where they see not only the
                                                                  Kinoshijuku – school for organic farmers
agricultural methods of these successful small scale
                                                                  Wind Family organic farm
farmers, but also the financial side, such as the direct
                                                                  Cattle slaughterhouse
marketing and distribution systems. Through these trips,
                                                                  Waste recycling center
the participants begin to change their attitudes toward
                                                                  Nasu Canal – the development of the Nasunogahara plain
farming. “Farming is not just for the poor and uneducated. It
                                                                  Local kindergartens, elementary, junior high, and high schools
sustains our communities and our lives. Those who till the
land can be proud and content with their work.”
                                                                  Rural Community Study Tour
“If they can do it, I can do it.”
                                                                  The Rural Community Study Tour is a two week field trip
One participant had some powerful words about her obser-
                                                                  through Northern Japan, in which participants meet and
vations trip that she shared with the community. “Visiting
                                                                  interact with pioneer organic farmers. Visits included:
farmers, schools, churches, people’s homes, and the Nagai
                                                                  Consumers’ co-ops
City Rainbow Plan (recycling), we experienced so many
                                                                  Farmers’ wives groups
things. Wherever we went we learned new things. It was
                                                                  Japan Agriculture (JA) – agricultural co-ops
not only interesting but challenging too. Most of what we
                                                                  Japan Agriculture (JA) – direct marketing schemes
saw and heard was beyond my imagination and I started to
                                                                  Organic farms and farming associations
wonder what kind of wisdom and knowledge is stored in the
                                                                  The Rainbow Plan – kitchen garbage recycling center
minds of the people we met. My understanding is that
                                                                  Rural women food processing group
though their applications or methods may differ, they are all
                                                                  Sakawa permaculture farm
heading towards the same goal in caring for nature, the
                                                                  Yamagata University – agricultural department
environment, the soil, and working not only for themselves
                                                                  Local govt. agriculture and environmental conservation depts.
but for future generations.
                                                                  Rural churches
The center of our environment is human beings. Their
concern is how to live; people with people and people with        Western Japan Study Tour
nature, in order to have a healthy and peaceful life. After
                                                                  The Western Japan Study Tour focuses mostly on urban
listening to all these people, I came to the conclusion that if
                                                                  issues and social welfare. Through visits to various institu-
people all over the world think like them, work like them, and
                                                                  tions, participants learn how Japan deals with various social
live like them; the world could be a much better place for us
                                                                  issues such as:
to live in together. My new motto is, “If they can do it, I can
                                                                  Homelessness – Kamagasaki day laborers village
do it.”
                                                                  Minority issues – Asaka Buraku Liberation Federation
                                                                  The mentally disabled – Nodokaen Intermediate Group Home
                                                                  Organic Farming –
                                                                      MOA Natural Farm
                                                                      Aino-Kai Organic Agriculture Assoc. & High School
                                                                      Kumamoto Inochi to Tsuchi wo Mamoru Kai
                                                                  Peace Issues – Hiroshima Peace Park
                                                                  The physically disabled – Seirei Social Welfare Community
                                                                  Pollution – Minamata Anti-Agricultural Chemicals Producers
                                                                  Assoc. & Eco-Net Minamata
                                                                  Interfaith experience – Risshyoko Sei Kai Buddhist Association
                                                                  Student fellowship – Kyoto University of Foreign Languages

Tomatsu Farm organic grapes

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Review of the Training Program

          Food Life                                                        fields were divided into four areas and crops rotated within –
                                                                           legumes, leaf vegetables, and root vegetables.
          Crops and Vegetables                                             The participants also studied various agricultural products
                                                                           like organic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides using
          Three years ago we introduced a new curriculum methodol-
                                                                           locally available resources (such as wood vinegar,
          ogy called “field management activity.” The participants
                                                                           fermented plant juice, water soluble calcium and garlic
          were divided into small groups and given the responsibility
                                                                           soaked in alcohol.) This year we emphasized the application
          to manage their own fields and livestock. There was work
                                                                           of these materials and encouraged them to use them on
          in the morning and afternoon called “foodlife work” in which
                                                                           their own fields.
          they were entrusted with producing the food consumed by
          the community in accordance with ARI’s philosophy of food        We visited organic farmers all over Japan and organic
          self-sufficiency. This gave the participants an instant oppor-   farmers came to visit and share with us. This gave us the
          tunity to apply what they were learning in the classroom.        chance to learn a wide variety of philosophies and
          Through this practical application they could immediately        techniques in organic farming and natural agriculture.
          recognize which parts of the lectures or demonstrations          These opportunities helped the participants realize that the
          they did not fully understand and they could follow up these     way we do farming at ARI is not the only way, and might not
          areas with further practice.                                     even be the best way, and that it is vital for them to experi-
                                                                           ment and seek out the farming methods that are most
          This approach also meant that there was not only technical
                                                                           applicable within their own communities.
          and classroom training but leadership and group participa-
          tion training as well. Everyone took turns being both group
          leader and participant. Through the experience of being led
          in different styles and by different personalities, they         In 2007 we emphasized the use of appropriate technology
          perceived and began to understand what makes an                  in our livestock activities. The division into four groups
          effective leader – a leader who is able to motivate their        enabled participants to share in activities equally. Since at
          team.                                                            ARI we consider livestock and fish cultivation to be an
                                                                           integral part of small scale farming the participants did daily
          In the practical field study sessions, we prepared bokashi
                                                                           livestock management and weekly practical study.
          (organic compost) and rice husk charcoal. Both are impor-
          tant components to healthy effective organic farming. Each       The fish cultivation group used resources found within the
          group prepared their own bokashi and charcoal and stored         campus, including water sources such as ground water, rain
          their supply separately so there was an understanding of         water, and treated water from the women’s dormitory. The
          supply management. If the supply ran out they had to             cultivation of carp, goldfish, and grass carp included
          prepare more before they could continue their farm work.         hatching eggs, raising fry, and making feed. Rice/fish
          They sowed their fields with seeds or seedlings, nurtured,       integrated farming was practiced in the rice paddies around
          weeded, and harvested throughout the growing season.             one fish pond. Carp and grass carp were released into the
          These activities provided a down to earth (pun intended)         rice paddies in order to eat the weeds and insects. We
          practical application of farming, from enriching soil to         grew soybeans and vegetables around the edges of the
          sowing, from harvest to cleaning (fields and tools). To help     paddies and fish ponds. Additionally, we began self-
          participants understand the significance of crop rotation the    production of pellet feed for the fish, and the fish grew nicely.

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                                                                             Review of the Training Program

In 2007, we were instructed by the Japanese Livestock          Meal Service
Hygiene Center to keep our aigamo ducks apart from the
chicken sheds and pig pens in order to reduce the possibil-    ARI participants took part in meal preparation every day
ity of exposing them to the bird flu.       In mid May we      under the supervision of the meal service coordinator.
hatched aigamo eggs on campus and the ducklings                Twice a day (morning and evening) as part of the Foodlife
released into the paddies to control the weeds and insects.    Work participants took their turns in cooking. In this way
                                                               they were involved in the whole cycle of food production
The group that worked with pigs raised sows on fermented
                                                               including bringing the harvest to share at the table.
rice husk floors, which provides a good environment for the
natural foraging behavior of pigs. The fattening pigs,         The participants, many of whom come from tropical regions,
however, were raised in Danish-style pens with concrete        quickly discovered that the ingredients that were easily
floors. Showing that we truly don’t waste anything, manure     available in their own countries could not be found in ARI.
from these sties was collected to make biogas. Incorpo-        They had to cook using the food grown on this campus
rated in the pigs’ diet was leftover rice from the city’s      which helped them to understand how to adapt to make use
elementary schools and okara (a byproduct of tofu) from a      of available resources, which in turn made them reflect on
local tofu factory. By making use of these local resources     how resources are used (or sometimes wasted) in their own
that would have simply gone to waste, we were able to          places.
drastically reduce our feed costs. To maximize the use of
planting space, makuwa melon were planted around the           The participants rotated leadership on a weekly basis and
pigpen and inside the biogas house, providing not only fruit   supervised the cooking. The leader had to guide the
but also shade for the area.                                   members efficiently, considering proper time management
In the cattle section we concentrated on raising cattle and    and the flow of activity. They also tried to listen to the
producing milk for consumption within ARI. Our cows were       voices of the community, who had varied tastes and food
raised on roughage including dent corn, Italian rye grass,     preferences. At the same time they tried to respect each of
clover and mixed grass from currently unused rice fields.      the different cultural and personal values of the community
The dent corn was chopped and stored as silage for use in      members regarding food. It is not easy to satisfy this
the winter. We also cut the grass on the slopes around         diverse group of fifty or more people at every meal. One
campus and the embankments of the paddy paddies to use         graduate said, “In the ARI kitchen there are people with all
as feed for the cows.                                          kinds of tastes and the time is limited. Working in the ARI
                                                               kitchen tested my skills in human relationship management.”
The poultry group managed chickens, ducks and rabbits.         On another occasion one male participant concluded,
They also grew feed and vegetables around the chicken          “When I go back home I will do household chores!” In meal
coops. All the group members joined in the care and            service participants were able to experience work that was
feeding of the chickens. For brooding, the participants        outside their traditional gender roles, and as such began to
used both the light bulb heating system and the self-heating   find greater appreciation and value in those roles. These
system (chicks own body heat is maintained in a draft free     are some of the life lessons that the kitchen can offer.
and covered location).        They also made their own         There was success this year in the “training” of the ARI
fermented chicken feed by mixing the leftovers of school       kitchen.
rice, okara and rice bran with indigenous microorganisms.

                                                                                                            ARI 2007 Annual Report   07
Friends of ARI

           Friends of ARI                                                    Anne Dance – Canadian Volunteer
                                                                             Individual friends of ARI have initiated some remarkable
           The Asian Rural Institute has a network of friends around the     support activities on their own. Anne Dance is one of the two
           world. In some places this network is nurtured by graduates,      Canadian members of the AFARI Board. A many time volun-
           working at their varied activities within their home countries.   teer at ARI she has also formed liaisons with a number of the
           Other parts of the network are fueled by the energy of volun-     graduates in their home communities. Anne has seen how
           teers who have experienced ARI. Then there are those many         bringing rural leaders from struggling communities to meet,
           folk who have been touched personally by the friendship,          learn and work with compatriots in other countries is a life-
           vision and example of ARI founder Toshihiro Takami and who        changing experience. Now she is telling that story, speaking
           have responded by organizing on-going support for his             to local church and community groups, spreading the ARI
           dream.                                                            message in her home region and raising funds for both ARI
                                                                                    and graduate-initiated projects. In 2007 Anne worked
                                                                                    with her local church to bring a youth group for a work
                                                                                    camp at ARI, and in 2008 she is going to Cameroon to
                                                                                    help launch an ARI-modeled training center.

                                                                                   Eimert & Eve van Herwijnen – Dutch Volunteers
                                                                                    Eimert van Herwijnen worked with the Shell Oil
                                                                                    Company in Japan during the 1960s. As members of
                                                                                    the Yokohama Chapel Center, he and Eve became
                                                                                    interested in the Tsurakawa Seminary’s rural training
                                                                                    program. There they met, and were impressed by, its
                                                                                    director Rev. Toshihiro Takami. Upon their return to
                                                                                    Holland they set about raising funds for the program.
                                                                                    One day, on his way to meetings in Geneva, Dr. Takami
                                                                                    stopped by to thank the van Herwijnens and their
                                                                                    friends for their gifts of support and it was the begin-
                                                                                    ning of a life-long friendship. Eimert and Eve spoke to
           ARISA – Asian Rural Institute Support Association                 local groups about ARI and undertook the translating of the
           ARISA started in 1974, the year after ARI itself came into        ARI newsletters into Dutch and distributing it, at their own
           being. Japanese church and community friends who wanted           expense, to their Dutch friends. Though they never asked for
           to help, formed branches in Tokyo, Utsunomiya and                 money, donations came in anyway and were forwarded on to
           Otawara/Nishinasuno and began meeting together, raising           ARI.
           funds, and contributing in-kind support to the fledgling          In 1983 the van Herwijnens were able to visit ARI, and the
           institute. The Tokyo branch was particularly active, organizing   ARI motto “That We May Live Together” became their
           benefit concerts and initiating what has become the main          personal motto as well. Deciding to change their lifestyle,
           income source for ARISA, an annual membership fee                 Eimert quit his job of 27 years with Shell and they committed
           (currently $60 US per year). In this way ARISA raises             to a communal form of living. Like many of that band of
           approximately 10% of ARI’s annual budget need.                    pioneer friends of ARI, failing eyesight and diminishing
                                                                             energy are beginning to take their toll. Eimert and Eve
           AFARI – American Friends of the Asian Rural Institute
                                                                             realize, as have the AFARI and ARISA founders, that a new
           Some of Dr. Takami’s earliest supporters in North America
                                                                             generation of ARI supporters must soon step forward.
           were his college friends Roger Manners and Don Tarr. They
           were instrumental in 1983 in the establishment of AFARI, the      European Volunteer Initiative
           American Friends of ARI. Now in its 25th year, AFARI annu-        There are signs that this is happening. While the AFARI
           ally raises roughly another 10% of ARI’s operating budget         board was appointing seven, mostly younger, new members
           and assists in securing additional scholarship funds from         to its board, a group of ARI volunteers in Europe - at their own
           North American churches and donor agencies. In 2007,              initiative and expense - met on two occasions looking for
           AFARI hired former ARI staffer J.B. Hoover to be its first        ways to “promote, recruit and fundraise for ARI from our
           Development Coordinator; longtime board members also              respective countries in Europe.” Testifying to the way in
           have worked hard to recruit new board members to carry on         which their ARI volunteering had been life-changing and a
           the work which they pioneered. A series of regional speaking      period of growth, this group of young people spent several
           tours with ARI graduates and staff have been held and             days reflecting on their collective ARI experience. Their resul-
           articles on ARI are starting to appear in major denominational    tant list of observations, suggestions and proposals has been
           publications.                                                     forwarded to ARI for consideration by the staff and board.

08 ARI 2007 Annual Report
                                                                                                                Special Programs

Meghan McConnell on the Sri Lanka study tour

Peace from the Soil – Symposium at ARI Sept 4 - 10                ARI-JAICAF Joint NGO Staff Training Program Feb 13 - 15
ARI held Peace from the Soil – a symposium to seek out the        Workshops:
potential of the rural areas as a base for peace making.          • Needs Assessment of Japanese Rural Development NGOs
Sponsored by UNESCO Japan, this symposium brought                 • Contemporary Issues of Rural Regions of the World
together rural peoples from 20 different nations to share their      Sponsored by JAICAF: Japan Assoc. of International
experiences and explore the possibilities of peace making            Cooperation in Agriculture and Forestry
initiatives sprouting from their own rural regions.                  Facilitated by iLEAP - the Center for Critical Service

ARI Study Tour - Visiting Graduates in Sri Lanka July 12 - 23     JOCV Technical Training
Each year ARI organizes an overseas tour, inviting friends        ARI provided 3 weeks of training for 3 seperate groups of
and supporters to visit graduates in their respective regions.    JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) as part of
This year such a trip took place to Sri Lanka, attended by five   the their pre-dispatch technical training in agriculture. We
members and two accompanying staff. They visited 73               also received one trainee from the Overseas Fishery Coop-
graduates in all, from the coasts still recovering from the       eration Foundation of Japan.
tsunami to the tea plantation mountainsides. Each day
                                                                  Service Learning
presented new opportunities to meet and talk with graduates
                                                                  As one component of the International Christian University
and learn first hand about the positive impact they are making
                                                                  Service Learning Program, ARI hosted students from Nankin
in their communities and how ARI training is a part of that.
                                                                  University in China and Silliman University in the Philippines.
Negros Philippines High School Work Camp Aug 13 - 26
                                                                  Jr. and Sr. High School Occupation Program
Based at the MC-ARI Santa Rita Training Center that was
                                                                  ARI received students from local Jr. and Sr. High schools as part
built through the joint collaboration of ARI and the local
                                                                  of their occupational experience programs. We were chosen as
convent, the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation,
                                                                  a site for those interested in experiencing agriculture.
ARI organized a work camp for high school students.
Students from Japanese high schools joined local Filipino         Interfaith Prayer Meeting Oct 31
students to learn about each other’s cultures and build friend-   Once again ARI served as host for an annual joint prayer
ships through doing farm work and sharing in daily life           meeting with a local chapter of the Buddhist Church, in which
together.                                                         members of various faiths came together to pray for world peace.

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Supporters Pages

       ARI Individual Overseas Supporters
       Hector & Beverly Acuna           John Hoyt                        Benton & Doris Rhoades
       Susan M. Adams                   Nancy & Thomas Inui              Craig Rice & Ameeta Sony
       Louis & Josephine Albrecht       Joan Ishibashi                   Alyson Rieke
       Douglas & Maribelle Appleby      Donald & Janet Jackson           Randall & Patricia Roeser
       Carl & Marie Bade                Terry Jackson                    David & Priscilla Ruhe
       Verlyn L. Barker                 Annette Jim                      Janet Russell
       Laura Barndt                     James Joyce & Leigh Jewell       Elliot Ryder
       Alfred C. Bartholomew            Laurence & Virginia Judd         Charles & Nell Sanders
       Yoshiro & Yasuko Befu            Gabriele Kasper                  Ken & Connie Sansome
       Nelson & Charlotte Bond          Ernest Kazato                    Dain & Suya Sansome
       Rodney & Maria Booth             Heather Keith & Steven Fesmire   Lisa Schaechter
       Russell Bope                     Douglas & Marjorie Kinsey        Roger & Kay Shanks
       Steve Brokaw                     Roger & Beth Knight              Yasuko Shorrock
       Roy Clark                        Mary Jo Kremer                   Bardwell & Charlotte Smith
       Fred Clark                       Armin & Evelyn Kroehler          Gary & Carolyn Soto
       Elizabeth J. Clarke              Ronald & Elizabeth Kutscher      John Steichen
       Mary Anne & Ephraim Cohen        Richard & Martha Lammers         Shirley Stibal
       Neva Corl                        Janell J. Landis                 Phil & Valerie Stichter
       Homer & LaRue Cornish            Byeong Duk & Hye Kyung Lee       Virginia Stowe
       Joy Crelin                       Barbara Lemonopoulos             Lee & Dotty Swan
       Marjorie & Robert Crelin         Richard & Laraine Linde          Donald & Evelyn Sweetser
       Margaret Crowl                   Jerry & Janice Livingston        Yukio & Midori Tani
       Andrew Cutting                   Margaret Logan                   Marjorie Tarr
       David & Elizabeth Cutting        Bruce & Jeanette MacKenzie       Stephen Tarr & Janet Vorvick
       Robert W. DeBolt                 Glenn & Evelyn Maddy             Frank & Marian Taylor
       Carol Decker                     Stanley & Evelyn Manierre        Richard H. Thorngren
       Thomas & Twyla Diamond           John Manners                     John & Helen Tomb
       Jordan E. Dickinson              Joyce Manson                     Deane & Donna Uhl
       Fred & Carol Edmonds             Elizabeth Maplesden              Glenn & Ruth Van Haitsma
       Edna Emerson                     Mary Lea Marshall                Eimert & Eve Van Herwijnen
       Brian & Karen Festa              Kathleen & Akira Matsushima      Harold & Lillian Velasquez
       Emily Fielding                   Dorcas & Ken Mattern             Barbara Webb
       Lloyd & Marie Fischer            Alden Matthews                   Julia Wenker
       Irene Fisher                     Michael & Cindy McConnell        Israel & Julia Wertz
       Robert & Esther Fortenbaugh      Walter B. Mead                   Millicent M. Wetrich
       Carolyn Francis                  John E. Mekota, Jr.              Walden & Carolyn Whitehill
       Carlton & Elsie Freudenberger    Barbara Mensendiek               Pallop & Karen Wilairat
       Ben & Carol Fujita               Thomas & Michiko Morgan          William E. & Alice Wimer
       Karen K. Garver                  Frieda Morris                    H. Boyd & Jeanette Woodruff
       William & Annabeth Gay           Rosalind Morris                  Motoe Yamada
       Kenneth Gelhaus                  John & Hatsumi Moss              Joseph & Judy Yasutake
       Martin & Sonya Gibbs             Donald & Jacqueline Patenaude    Lawrence Young
       Brittany Gill                    Carolyn Moss & Daniel Hawkins    John & Anna Young
       Faye J. Glass                    Elizabeth K. Mount               Donald & Glennys Ziegler
       Charles & Elizabeth Goss         Barbara L. Mueller
       James & Noriko Goto              Kikuyo & Richard Nakamura
       Paul & Catherine Gregory         Flora Ninomiya
       Ted & Norine Haas                Robert & Shio Northup
       Betsy & Tony Hale                Edith O'Donnell
       Peg & Harry Hampton              Bill Pallett
       Marcia Hampton                   Penny Allen Partridge
       Doris Hartman                    Alison Pease
       Linnea Hasegawa & Rob Aung       Hugh & Lois Penney
       Ryusuke & Pam Hasegawa           Winifred & Robert Peterson
       Nagi Hashiba                     Jim & Carolyn Peterson
       Jacqueline Haslett               James M. Phillips
       Mary Hawkes                      Helen Post
       Ronald & Phyllis Hedberg         Donald & Sheila Potter
       Lorna & Will Henkel              Jack & Jane Presseau
       Sam & Gail Hill                  Christina Purdy
       Irving & Carol Hoadley           Sallie Ramirez
       William & Eleanor Honaman        Judith B. Redding
       John Hoover                      Robert Regenold

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                                                                                                                Supporters Pages
ARI Institutional Supporters
                                                                     National Tomo no Kai
Program Supporters – Contributions from these organizations          Nishinasuno Church
were designted for the 2007 ARI Rural Leaders Training Program.      Nishinasuno Kindergarten
                                                                     Okayama Tomo no Kai
Overseas                                                             Orix Foundation
American Friends of ARI (AFARI)                                      Otawara Catholic Church
Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian   Otawara Rotary Club
    Church (Disciples of Christ)                                     Rikkyo Women’s College
Primate's World Relief & Development Fund, Canada                    Rissyo-Kosei-Kai Buddhist Association
The United Church of Canada                                          Satsuki Kindergarten
United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries           St. Alban's Church
United Methodist Committee on Relief                                 St. Andrew’s Church
Berkeley Methodist United Church, CA                                 St. Timothy’s Church
Branford Building Supplies, Inc., CT                                 Seisanichi Kyoukai (Holy Trinity Church)
Cortland United Church, Cortland, NE                                 Shima Network Co. Ltd.
The Episcopal Church of St. Martin, Davis, CA                        Skole Family Education Association
First Christian Church, Women’s Group, Palo Alto, CA                 Tokyo Kasumigaseki Lion’s Club
First Congregational Church in Amherst, UCC, MA                      Tokyo Union Church
First Congregational Church, UCC, Branford, CT                       Toshiba Company Ltd.
First UMC, United Methodist Women, Watsonville, CA                   Toyo Eiwa Women’s Jr./Sr. High School
First UMC, Manhattan, KS                                             Toyo Eiwa Kindergarten
Good Samaritan UMC, Cupertino, CA                                    UNESCO Asia Pacific Culture Center
Guilford Community Church, VT                                        United Church of Christ Japan (UCCJ) – Ecumenical Committee
Hardy UMC, Texarkana, TX                                             Utsunomiya Kita High School
Harris UMC, Honolulu, HI                                             World Family Fund
Hope UMC, Belchertown, MA                                            Yokohama Tomo no Kai
Kitchell Memorial Presbyterian Church, East Hanover, NJ              Yokohama Presbyterian Church
Lindsay UMC, CA                                                      Yokohama Union Church
McConnellstown UMC, Huntington, PA                                   Yokosuka Gakuin
The Northern California Japanese American Theological Forum          Yoyogi Uehara Church
San Luis Obispo UMC, CA
St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, NH
St. James Thrift Shop, Keene, NH                                     Scholarship Supporters – These contributions were designated as
Trinity UMC, Pearl City, HI                                          scholarships (full or partial) granted to specific participants of the
United Church of Christ, Scribner, NE                                2007 Training Program. In some cases a single participant was
United Church of Dorset & East Rupert, VT                            awarded two or more partial scholarships. This list also includes
Wesley UMC, San Jose, CA                                             funds designated as travel grants, denoted with an asterisk (*).
West Dover Congregational Church, VT
Wilmington Congregational Church, VT                                 Overseas
                                                                     American Baptist International Ministries
Japan                                                                Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church USA
Asian Rural Institute Supporters Association (ARISA)                 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Anglican Church of Japan (NSKK), Tokyo Diocese                       Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian
Anglican Church of Japan (NSKK), North Kanto District                   Church (Disciples of Christ)
Aoyama Gakuin Jr./Sr. High School                                    The Hartstra Foundation, The Netherlands
Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College                                 World Council of Churches, Switzerland
Asagaya Church                                                       World Council of Churches, Switzerland*
Ashikaga Bank Intl’ Friendship Foundation                            United Church of Canada - Partners Consultative Group
Asia Culture Center for UNESCO                                       United Evangelical Mission, Germany*
Asian Ladies Friendship Society, Tokyo                               USPG – Anglicans in World Mission, United Kingdom
Burma Veteran’s Association
Good Samaritan Kai                                                   Japan
Gushinkai Foundation                                                 Asian Rural Welfare Association (ARWA)
Environment Arena Research Institute                                 American School in Japan Swim Team
Holy Savior Church                                                   Fujisawa Catholic Church
International Christian University Church                            Global Citizen
IKE – Architecture & Development Office                              Kubota Foundation
Japan Association for Intl’ Cooperation (JAICAF)                     Japan Evangelical Lutheran Association
The Japan Foundation                                                 JASSO
Kajigaya Church                                                      Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Kamakura Yuki no Shita Church                                        Sacred Heart
Kobe Union Church                                                    St. Columban’s Catholic Assoc.
Koujimachi Catholic Church                                           Tokyo American Club - Women's Group
Meiji Gakuin Higashimurayama Jr./Sr. High School                     United Church of Christ Japan (UCCJ) – Women’s Conference
National Christian Council in Japan                                  Wakachiai Project

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                Financial Statements April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008
                Miscellaneous                Scholarships
                                             and fees
    Supplimental activities                  40%
           2%                                                        INCOME                                                          (unit: US Dollars)

       Grants                   Income
          4%                                                         Subject                           2007 BUDGET    2007 ACTUAL        2008 BUDGET

                                                                     Scholarships and Fees 3                411,812       384,651               361,583
                                                                       Tuition                               14,776        18,088                31,675
                                                                       Entrance fee                           2,038          2,038                3,312
                                                                       Food                                   7,133          7,048               11,549
                                                                       Lodging                                7,133          7,048               11,549
     ARI vs. Seed Patents
                                                                       Domestic individual donations         63,264        59,236                46,960
     “Sustainability” is a word we use a lot around ARI.               Domestic institutional donations     137,143       141,004               130,010
     The same word is used by companies that produce
                                                                       Overseas individual donations        126,529        63,527                75,577
     and sell genetically modified seed. These compa-
     nies invest millions in research, trials, and patent-             Overseas institutional donations      53,796        86,662                50,951
     ing of seeds guaranteed to produce higher yields,
     while being resistant to disease, pests, and                    Donations                              305,622       373,404               343,266
     applications of agro-chemicals. Higher yields per
                                                                       Designated donations                 203,719       201,384               241,364
     farmer, they maintain, mean more food for people.
     Is this not the meaning of sustainability? At the                 ARI Supporters Association (ARISA) 101,902         108,330               101,902
     same time these companies must ensure their                       Special donations                         0         63,689                     0
     profits, and toward that end they disallow farmers
     who purchased their seed from saving and replant-
                                                                     Grants                                  38,723        37,212                30,740
     ing seeds produced by the plants they grow. Farm-
     ers who have done so are being hauled off to court
     and sued.                                                       Investment Income                       16,389        22,286                17,069

     At ARI, of course, we do not use GM seeds. We                     Interest                                 85            991                    85
     work hard to maximize yields by starting with rich,               Facilities                            16,304        21,295                16,984
     fertile soil to produce healthy plants. We deal with
     insects and diseases by rotating crops, observing                                         4
                                                                     Supplemental Activities                113,587       134,479               131,284
     proper timing in sowing, and, if needed, applying
     natural medicines like wood vinegar. From many
     of our vegetables, we collect our seed for use in the         Miscellaneous Income                      13,587        21,453                 8,492
     next season. For us it is simple. Seeds are a gift
     of nature, a promise of new life, and critical piece in
                                                                   Total income                             900,093       973,485               892,434
     the cycle of life. They are free for all who till the
     earth, this year, next year, and a hundred years
     from now. Is this not the meaning of sustainability?          Transfer to assets                        -5,944        -14,675                    0

                                                                   Total                                   894,149         958,811              892,434
                        Overseas / Domestic                    Contributions

      (6.5% of the 2
   total income is
       from AFARI)
                                                         (11.1% of
                   26%                            the total income
             Overseas                              is from ARISA)

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                                                                                                 Repayment of loans
                                                                                        1                       2%
                                                                   (unit: US Dollars)                                             66%
Subject                          2007 BUDGET        2007 ACTUAL        2008 BUDGET

                                         750,849        747,088               553,753                            Expenditure
  Faculty salary                         390,370        489,902               514,190
  Staff salary                           137,993         33,118                33,118
                                                                                            Education and research
  Retirement allowance 6                 222,486        224,067                 6,445                         13%

Education and Research                   158,713        140,855               120,686
  Stipend                                 39,232         36,207                37,500
  Study tours                             27,514         17,609                19,039
  Special lectures                         8,322          2,854                 4,688
  Agricultural training costs             35,581         31,943                26,053       Does ARI receive government
  Domestic transportation                  2,293            661                 1,698       subsidies?
  International t ravel                   20,890         20,010                15,999
                                                                                            As in most countries, Japan subsidizes public
  Course materials                         1,613          1,009                 1,274
                                                                                            education. From kindergarten to college, many
  Research                                 2,548          2,510                 2,548
                                                                                            educational institutions receive governmental and
  Medical                                  6,709          3,032                 5,095
                                                                                            prefectural subsidies or grants. These funds are to
  Staff study                              1,274          1,514                 1,274
                                                                                            cover personnel expenses such as teachers and
  Special Seminars                             0         11,475                 4,246
                                                                                            administrators, educational facilities, and school
  Seminars                                   849            425                 1,274
  Overseas projects                       11,889         10,341                     0
  Stock increase                               0          1,266                     0       It is often assumed that the Asian Rural Institute (a
                                                                                            certified educational institution) receives this type
Administration                           203,974        218,394               215,795       of government support. However, even though ARI
  Office supplies                          1,613          2,864                 1,452       has government certification, it doesn’t meet the
  Utilities                               36,175         31,740                32,558       criteria to receive grants. This certification
  Staff transportation                     6,793          5,800                 6,114       provides special treatment on taxes but does not
  Fundraising                             11,294         12,053                20,185       allow us financial assistance from the government.
  Fuel                                     9,171          7,161                 8,254
                                                                                            ARI’s financial base is created from private and
  Welfare                                    425          6,327                   382
                                                                                            corporate donations both within Japan and from
  Communication                            4,416          5,089                 3,974
                                                                                            overseas. The annual costs of training for each
  Accounting, equip. lease, printing      20,296         17,653                18,266
                                                                                            participant are $16,140 and airfares range in price
  Publications                             2,972          6,169                 2,675
                                                                                            from $1,000 to $4,000. Since we invite people
  Vehicle maintenance                     16,559         25,390                15,285
                                                                                            from some of the poorest regions of the world, we
  General Maintenance                      7,218          3,535                 6,496
                                                                                            work to connect each participant with individuals or
  Insurance                                2,972          2,322                 2,972
                                                                                            organizations that can provide financial support in
  Rental expenses                            170          4,969                   170
                                                                                            the form of scholarships. In order to reach the
  Taxes and public dues                    3,397          3,074                 2,972
                                                                                            amount of funding needed to carry on operations
  Banking and Accounting                   3,821          1,669                 3,397
                                                                                            for one year, however, we must collect much more
  Conferences                              2,123          2,374                 1,911
                                                                                            than just student fees. Therefore we also work to
  Bank Commission fees                     6,029          4,919                 5,435
                                                                                            acquire funds to support the school itself, through
  Supplemental activities                 14,946         11,170                35,156
                                                                                            fundraising and income generating activities, to
  Special events                             849          1,034                   764
                                                                                            meet our yearly budget requirements. By this
  Public Relations                           510            523                   459
                                                                                            system, and by the grace of God, we have contin-
  Micellaneous expenses                      425            828                   382
                                                                                            ued operations for over 35 years. This is due to the
  Depreciation allowance                  51,800         61,732                46,535
                                                                                            tremendous, heartfelt support of untold numbers of
                                                                                            people who believe in and support the mission of ARI.
Repayment of Loans                        20,763         21,542                23,777
  Interest on debt                        12,525         13,331                 8,492
  Interest on school bonds                 8,237          8,211                15,285

Total expenses                         1,134,299       1,127,879              914,012

2007 Surplus                            -240,149        -169,068              -21,578

Total Accumulated Deficit              -2,748,606     -2,677,525           -2,847,919

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            Assets and Liabilities April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008
                                                                                                                           (unit: US Dollars)

            Assets                                                              Liabilities

                                             As of 3/31/08      As of 3/31/07                              As of 3/31/08         As of 3/31/07
            Fixed Assets                       3,346,906         3,413,498      Fixed Liabilities               664,487            1,098,960
             Property                          2,738,466         2,798,679       Long term loans                407,609              395,495
             Scholarship endowment               605,209            611,548      School bonds                   256,878              703,465
             Securities / shares                    1,859              1,882
             Telphone rights                        1,372             1,389

            Current Assets                       236,070           153,252      Current Liabilities           1,482,755              857,840
             Cash & savings                      169,849             62,350      Short term loans               594,429              550,254
             Stock (livestock, rice, etc.)        45,759             47,611      School bonds                   531,335              122,431
             Accounts receivable                        0             4,194      Accounts payable                 3,832                99,475
             Other                                20,462             39,097      Other                          353,159                85,679

            Total                              3,582,976          3,566,750     Total Liabilities             2,147,242            1,956,799

           Notice to Financial Statements                                       Capital
           1. Exchange rate: ARI accounting is carried out in Japanese
           yen. For the convenience of international supporters, figures                                   As of 3/31/08         As of 3/31/07
           in this report are given in US dollars according to the 2007         Foundation Capital            4,113,259            4,149,680
           average exchange rate of US$1 = ¥117.76

           2. AFARI: In 2007 ARI received a total of $63,075 through
           AFARI. As always, thank you!                                         Balance of income and expenditures 1973 to date
           3. Scholarships and fees: In most cases neither overseas
           participants nor their sending bodies are able to handle the
                                                                                Balance carried forward to next year
           costs of ARI training. Therefore ARI seeks to cover these
           expenses through scholarship contributions made by                                                 2,677,525            2,539,730
           individuals and organizations.                                       Total balance of income and expenditures 1973 to date
           4. Supplemental activities income: This category reflects                                         -2,677,525            -2,539,730
           self generated income through sales of ARI farm produce,
           processed goods, handicrafts, etc.
                                                                                Assets, Liabilities, and Capital Total
           5. Personnel: This category does not include salaries paid                                         3,582,976            3,566,750
           by other church organizations for one staff member in 2007.
           6. Retirement Benfits: Retirement benefits of $224,067
           were expended from the general account for two long term
                                                                                  Auditors’ Statement
           personnel in 2007. This was due to the fact that a retire-
           ment reserve fund was not being maintained. A reserve                  The above duly audited financial statements have been
           fund for retirement pay was re-established in 2007 in order            prepared by the Fujinuma Tax and Accounting Service,
           to create a sounder financial future for ARI and its employees.        Inc. and approved by the ARI Auditors, Mr. Akira Funatsu
                                                                                  and Mr. Tokichika Harada. All the documents were
                                                                                  properly kept and there were no irregularities.

                                                                                  April 2 8, 2008
                                                                                  Auditor: Akira Funatsu

                                                                                  Auditor: Tokichika Harada

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Staff 2007                                                          Board of Directors 2007

Honorary President and Founder                                      Board of Trustees
Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami                                           Chair: Dr. Akira Niwa – Professor Emeritus, Dokkyo Medical
                                                                       College; Chairman of Hitomugi Social Welfare Association
Full Time Staff                                                     Mr. Isao Nozaki – Director, Asian Rural Institute
Isao Nozaki             Director                                    Mr. Ryusuke Fukuda – Senior Advisor, The Hongkong & Shanghai
Tomoko Arakawa          Assistant Director / Training Coordinator      Banking Corp., Ltd
Hoichi Endo             Metro Area Office Manager                   Dr. Satoru Kuze – President, Meiji Gakuin University
Kiyoshi Nagashima       Livestock Manager                           Rev. Masaoki Hoshino – Pastor, UCCJ Matsuzaki Church
Osamu Arakawa           Farm Manager                                Ms. Teruko Niwa – Lect urer, Toyo Eiwa Women’s College, retired
Yukiko Oyanagi          Crops and Vegetables Manager                Dr. Koa Tasaka – Professor Emeritus, International Christian
Michiko Sugawara        Admissions and Graduate Outreach               University
Steven Cutting          Ecumenical Relations Coordinator            Rev. Jintaro Ueda – Bishop of Tokyo, Anglican Church of Japan
Mitsuru Nakamura        Nasu Seminar House Manager                  Mr. Tadashi Yamada – President Mitsui Real Estate Co., retired
Yuko Endo               General Affairs                             Mr. Hoichi Endo – Chairman - ARI Finance Committee
Rev. Hyung Wook Ban     Community Life Coordinator / Livestock
                                                                    Board of Councilors
Part Time Staff                                                     Dr. Akira Niwa – Professor Emeritus, Dokkyo Medical College;
Katsuno Fujita          ARISA Manager                                  Chairman of Hitomugi Social Welfare Association
Mitsue Kimijima         General Affairs - Accounting                Rev. Masaoki Hoshino – Pastor, UCCJ Matsuzaki Church
Junko Tanaka            Library                                     Mr. Tadashi Yamada – President Mitsui Real Estate Co., retired
Yoshiko Yamaguchi       Food Processing                             Mr. Hoichi Endo – Chairman - ARI Finance Committee
Nobuko Ishii            Meal Service                                Mr. Hideo Kikuchi – Member, Holy Trinity Church, Tokyo
                                                                    Rev. Taesung Um – Pastor, Songhak Methodist Church, Korea
Contract Staff                                                      Mr. Noriaki Sato – Press Editor,The Yomiuri Shimbun
Toshiaki Kusunoki       General Manager                             Rev. Toshimasa Yamamoto – General Secretary, National Christian
Fr. Laksiri Peiris      Chaplain / Graduate Outreach                   Council in Japan (NCCJ)
Nozomi Takimoto         Public Relations                            Rev. Isao Kikuchi – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Niigata
Hideji Kijima           Livestock                                   Ms. Sarah Oba – Zai Nippon Interboard Senkyoshi Shandan
Hiroko Goto             Meal Service Coordinator                    Mr. Mistuo Fukumoto – Director, Nishinasuno Kindergarten
                                                                    Rev. Yoshio Ushio – Pastor, Nishinasuno Church, UCCJ
Researcher                                                          Mr. Masahiko Yamane – Board member, Kagawa Nutrition
Muneo Ishikawa          MC - ARI Santa Rita Learning Center            University
                                                                    Fr. Koshi Ito – Priest, Roman Catholic Diocese of Tokyo
                                                                    Mr. Sooboo Ree – President, Intech, Ltd.
                                                                    Mr. Yukio Miyazaki – Board member, Rotary Yoneyama Memorial
                                                                       Foundation, Inc.
                                                                    Mr. Satoshi Tsukamoto – Former staff, Asian Rural Institute
                                                                    Mr. Kiyoshi Nagashima – Staff, Asian Rural Institute
                                                                    Ms. Tomoko Arakawa – Staff, Asian Rural Institute
                                                                    Mr. Toshiaki Kusunoki -- Staff, Asian Rural Institute

                                                                    Mr. Akira Funatsu - President, Chairman, Tochigi YMCA,
                                                                    Mr. Tokichika Harada - President, Nasu House Kogyo Co. Ltd.,

                                                                                                                    ARI 2007 Annual Report   15
2007 Volunteers

           Volunteers - ARI couldn’t live without them!                           escaping the city and welcoming the opportunity to get their
                                                                                  hands into the soil and reconnect with nature. Another 2007
           In 2007 ARI welcomed 39 on-site volunteers, from throughout            working visitor was Dr. Jonathan Brand, president of Dr.
           the world, who participated in the life of the ARI community.          Takami’s alma mater, Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.
           Some, like Meghan and Andy McConnell, volunteers with the              “What truly distinguishes ARI,” he wrote for the school paper
           Episcopal Church (USA) Young Adult Service Corps, commit-              upon his return, “is its uplifting and positively infectious sense
           ted more than a year of their lives to the ARI vision. "We were        of community. I was fortunate in being able to join everyone in
           looking for a service opportunity, something to test us person-        their daily work: weeding, harvesting, mulching, sweeping
           ally and to stretch us in growing together," says Andy. "We            floors, cooking. At ARI, it is a true team effort and, without that
           found it!"                                                             effort, ARI simply cannot function. There would be no food to
                                                                                  serve. The animals would not survive. The facilities would fall
           Others, like Steffen Wirth, Jan Schwarting, and Andy Levin
                                                                                  apart. The success of ARI requires that everyone pitch in, and
           were part of the growing number of young German
                                                                                  they all know it.”
           alternative-service volunteers who, in place of compulsory
           military service, give 11 months of their lives to institutions like   Work Camps
           ARI. Each year we also welcome a number of young Japanese              Work camp groups are yet another ingredient in the ARI mix
           volunteers like Sachiyo Kameda and Hironori Kono. In 2007              and this year we hosted 41 groups. For some of these young
           ARI was also happy to host 4 United Methodist Church Global            people ARI is their first-ever experience of farm life. As they
           Justice Volunteers as well as two interns through the Wellesley        take part in the daily farm work, they learn the importance of
           College Center for Work Service Program. Each of them has              food and its connection with all life. In 2007 youth group from
           their own deeply personal reasons for committing a portion of          Ontario, Canada raised the funds for a work camp experience
           their life to ARI. Some are keen to experience organic farming         at ARI. They even brought maple syrup with them in order to
           or learn about issues in development first hand through our            treat the entire community to a proper pancake breakfast!
           participants. Others are seeking
           the experience of life in a multi-
           cultural,      English    speaking,
           learning environment.

           Working Visitors
           During 2007 there were some 97
           working visitors who participated
           in the ARI community for terms
           ranging from 3 to 60 days. Some,
           like Yoko Zjalic, come every year,

           Volunteers                                                             Katie Pearce                  Livestock
           Rachel Barnhardt             Ecumenical Relations                      Jan Schwarting                Recruitment & Graduate Outreach
           Heather Burnham              Crops & Vegetables                        Shin Tanabe                   Livestock
           Michiaki Fujimoto            General Affairs                           Malte Täubrich                Crops & Vegetables
           Mayumi Hama                  Crops & Vegetables                        Nate Wilairat                 Crops & Vegetables
           Kazuhiro Hayashi             Livestock / Meal Service                  Jamal Williams                Livestock
           Tetsuya Ishii                Crops & Vegetables                        Steffen Wirth                 Computer Systems Administration
           Catherine Jaffe              Crops & Vegetables                        Angela Xiong                  Crops & Vegetables
           Mirjam Jekel                 Meal Service                              Natasha Yatawara              Recruitment / Meal Service
           Sachiyo Kameda               Food Processing
                                                                                  Commuting Volunteers
           Dennis Keller                Recruitment & Graduate Outreach
           Cheong-kon Kim               Crops & Vegetables                        Miyuki Akutsu                 General Affairs
           Kohei Kitsunai               Livestock                                 Jeen Hae Chun                 General Affairs
           Hironori Kono                Crops & Vegetables                        Takashi Fushimi               Maintenance
           Andy Levin                   Livestock                                 Koichi Ishiyama               Crops & Vegetables
           Eveline Luk                  Recruitment / Meal Service                Mika Nagase                   Food Processing
           Takaya Machigami             Public Relations                          Masae Nakamura                Nurse
           Andy McConnell               Computer Systems Administration           Jin Onozaki                   Crops & Vegetables
           Meghan McConnell             Ecumenical Relations                      Yumi Suzuki                   General Affairs
           Mitsumi Orita                Crops & Vegetables                        Kyoko Takamura                General Affairs
           Katsuya Oshima               Public Relations                          Naoyuki Takamura              Maintenance

16 ARI 2007 Annual Report
                                                                                                   2007 Graduates

          Cameroon                   Cameroon                    Cameroon                                   Cameroon

          Joseph Mbah Tenjoh         Mbivka Jane-Francis         Eric Dindze Tangka                         Fomujong Florence Mah Fon
          Benevolent Community       Berinyuy                    Kumbo Development and                      The Center for Environmental
          Education and Rural        NAVTI Foundation            Orientation Center (KUDOC)                 and Agricultural Development
          Development Society                                                                               (CEADEV)

          Ghana                      Madagascar                  Bangladesh                                 India

          Rev. George Offin          Vincent Mbolaniaina         Arati Modhu                                Toshang Khaling
          Owusu-Ababio               Rakotoarisoa                Society for Training and                   Dorcas Noble Fund
          Kumasi Southwest Baptist   Association VONONA          Rehabilitation (STAR)

          India                      Sri Lanka                   Sri Lanka                                  Indonesia

          Reeta Sinruwng             Daminda Chandrasiri         Sarath Chandra Pathma                      Rev. Bahara Sihombing
          Widows Welfare Society     Udamula                     Mallawarachchi                             Huria Kristen Indonesia
                                     Smyrna Church               SEWA Lanka Foundation

          Indonesia                  Indonesia                   Myanmar                                    Myanmar

          Gede Suarna                Emmy Lasmaria               Rev. Nang Ngwe Kyi                         Rev. U Aung Saik
          The Protestant Christian   Rajagukguk                  Shweli Shan Baptist                        The Church of the Province of
          Church in Bali             Panti Asushan Elim - HKBP   Convention                                 Myanmar - Anglican

          Myanmar                    Laos                        Philippines                                Philippines

          Rev. Tial Chin Thluai      Phonesawanh Dittephong      Jade Alipoyo                               Dario Telen Lacaya
          Thantlang Association of   Houey Hong Vocational       Local Empowerment                          Guinles Farmers
          Baptist Churches (TABC)    Training Center for Women   Foundation                                 Multi-Purpose Cooperative

          Philippines                Philippines                 Solomon Islands

          Genalyn Magsigay           Rev. Fred Balintay          John Mark Male
          Oliveros                   Pinatubo Bethel Christian   Asia Pacific Sustainable
          FRIEND Foundation          Church                      Development (APSD)

Training Assistants
          Ghana                      Myanmar

          Rev. B. Timothy Appau      Naw Lee Myar
          Kumasi Southwest Baptist   Kayah Hpu Baptist
          Association                Association

                                                                          Gray areas show the countries of ARI graduates

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