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Visit to Asian Rural Institute

September 8, 2017

It was great to discuss with ARI Director- Ms Tomoko Arakawa in her office as well as with other staff members. She was excited about the prospect of training participants from African Methodist partners since many Africans were being trained at ARI. The three pillars of ARI are servant leadership, foodlife and community of learning.

Every Friday and Tuesday mornings, participants harvest farm products as well as collect chicken eggs and milk for the kitchen staff. This helps the kitchen staff in planning the weekly menus plus making only necessary shopping trips. All farm produce are organic and participants learn that food and life cannot be separated.

At the start of each day, after ten minutes exercise done communally, all staff, participants and volunteers help with campus cleaning since there are no employed support staff. Then we have breakfast, feed livestock and proceed to the chapel for an hour’s gathering. This morning we had up to 80 people present many of which were University undergraduates and short term guests.
Please see photo below.

Shalom
Bunmi Olayisade
Africa Partnership Coordinator

Sent from my iPad

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