Asian Resource Foundation is willing to participate in the process of creation of a peaceful, harmonious and inclusive society in Asia and beyond.
Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) promotes the spirit and values of Asian cultures and supports holistic development for the benefit of the poorest communities and marginalized groups. The aim of ARF is to strengthen cooperative actions among the people of Asia and beyond, to achieve an inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.
To build awareness and to mobilize and share resources for welfare and emergency needs.
To support and encourage the local initiatives of youth, poor and marginalized sections of society in order to stimulate self-reliance and sustainability.
To develop inter-faith, inter-ethnic and inter-cultural understanding and cooperation for the promotion and protection of human rights.
To undertake participatory action research and publish works that promote greater awareness and policy advocacy.
BRIEF HISTORY OF ORGANIZATION
Asian Resource Foundation was established in 1996 as an Asian initiative to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable communities. ARF is mainly working in the area of children’s education (through the Lorraine Robinson and Maeve Coughlan Education Fund – LOMEF), in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to refugees and enhances women empowerment and youth leadership development. ARF also provides a number of workshops and trainings on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, negotiation and reconciliation that are operated by one arm of the organization, the Institute of Peace and Development Studies (IIPDS).
Asia being a multi-cultural region, ARF was seen as a platform for interfaith and intercultural cooperation for peace and development. Since its inception, ARF has established links and cooperation with philanthropic individuals and organizations and religious leaders, promoting the principles of humanity, inclusion, education and empowering communities across over 60 Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Latin American countries.
The international secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand, while 5 country field offices are located in Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.