ARI will hold its 50th anniversary ceremony on Saturday, September 16. The ceremony will be streamed live online. Many commemorative projects and collaborations will be held on and off campus accordingly, including domestic and international crowdfunding projects.
Since our founding in 1973, 1,399 rural leaders from 62 countries have participated in this leadership training. Taking what they learn from Nasushiobara city and giving back to their communities across the world.
Together with our supporters, we have overcome various difficulties to reach our 50th anniversary.
We express our deepest gratitude to all individuals and organizations who have continued to believe in our mission. We hope that you will continue to keep our efforts in your thoughts. Our efforts to nurture dedicated leaders with the skills and wisdom needed to create peace from the soil of rural communities which then spreads out into the world.
To also connect and celebrate with our broad ARI community – graduates active in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific, and those who have supported us in various ways, the 50th anniversary ceremony will be streamed live online.
Date: Saturday, September 16, 12:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
URL: ARI’s 50th anniversary website https://ari.ac.jp/50th-anniv
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13:00-13:45 50th Anniversary Worship Service
Sermon: Pastor Robert Witmer (Former Director of Theological Seminary of Rural Mission, Missionary sent by the United Church of Canada)
14:00-15:45 50th Anniversary Ceremony
Keynote Speech: Mr. Ardhendu Chatterjee (India, 1976 ARI graduate, Founder, Development Research and Communication Center (DRCSC)), Tomoko Arakawa (Director, ARI)
In addition, crowdfunding projects will be launched on September 16 to commemorate the 50th anniversary both domestically and internationally.
In Japan, the crowdfunding platform ReadyFor will be raising funds to create a richer educational environment for students, and overseas, the American crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving will be raising funds for travel expenses for students from developing countries.