Living Dreams

Our organization exists to support kids living in Tokyo-area children's homes (orphanages) on their path towards becoming responsible, confident and empowered young adults. Centered along the "LAST" principle (Learning Arts, Sports, and Technology), long-term and regularly occurring programs are developed under each category to help improve a child's overall motivation and confidence. Ultimately each program and opportunity crafted for a children's home works to enrich, encourage and empower.
Mar 16, 2017

Closure of Kumamoto Project

It has been wonderful engaging with you on this Kumamoto earthquake project with GlobalGiving.  We have deployed the funds that were received for Kumamoto and that the children benefited from the love and attention shown since the tragedy. This tragedy was much less than the triple disaster and many in Kumamoto are hesitant to receive any more suppport.  In many ways happy they are ready to move on and forward in their lives. 

Thank you for collaborating with us. 

We will now close this specific project as we look to the future.

Good things,

Patrick Newell

Founding Director 

Living Dreams

Jan 13, 2017

Digital Natives Update.January 2017

Recently the Digital Natives were invited by Microsoft for a Christmas Party
They were entertained with XBOX, SurfaceHub and some programming.

We also received NIGHT ZOOKEEPER from it's founders to be used in the homes as an English learning platform.
Going into 2017 the children will be exposed to different elements of technology in hopes of sparking thier interest and innate curiosity to learn more.  
2016 was spent with coding and helping the children have an exposure to the future.
We spent the latter half of the year having the older children take career assessment courses as well as meeting people from donor companies who actually do the jobs listed on their reports.
APPLE hosted a field trip where the children were invited in to the Omotesando and Sendai stores to learn how to make a presenation using iPADS, music and photos.
While we could not have imagined what our lives would be like today 20 years ago, the only way forward for the Digital Native children into the next 20 year is by 1)communication, 2) collaboration and 3) looking at the earth more holistically.
Since inception we have given over 600 children living in group homes in Japan access to WIFI and unlocked the boundaries for them to be LIVING DREAMS not just dreaming them.
Dec 19, 2016

Update on Kumamoto. December 2016

We will meet with the Encho-sensei in the new year to discuss how far we are able to go with the funding collected thus far.

 

Aside from the computers and requested items which were purchased for the homes in Kumamoto, there is an estimate for $12,000 USD to have the entire home set up for WIFI to allow the kids access to the internet.

 

There were numerous, generous donations throughout the year in response to the earthquake. Though everyone was very stoic in the aftermath of the earthquake, as they did not feel they had suffered as severly as the previous disasters in Tohoku; Kumamoto suffered a lot.

 

They will be rebuilding the group home which was destroyed in the earthquake which the children luckly had escaped from before it collapsed to the ground.

 

We are hoping that with the iPads, computers, PENCILS from Fifty Three, BlueRay player, Xboxes,washing machine, printers and numerous other items purchased will not only replace the broken items but give the children numerous channels to preoccupy their time as the community rebuilds.

 

Thank you all again,

 

Living Dreams

 
   

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