In their time in Japan at the Asian Rural Institute the Williams' met "many people who work tirelessly for the betterment of rural people in poor countries, but none have impressed us more than Rt. Kazuho Makino and his wife Yukiko [Makino]". The Makinos have worked in India since the early 1960s first at the Allahabad Agricultural Institute and then at the Non Formal Education Centre which they founded. Dr. Makino and his staff work in 18 low-caste villages to help the villagers hand-drill (and maintain) wells, install toilets, establish schools and focus on the needs of women.
The authors are Volunteers in Mission from the diocese of Ottawa posted in Nishinasuno Japan, at the Asian Rural Institute, which is dedicated to training rural leaders from underdeveloped regions of Asia.