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.
Sep 19, 2016

Kumamoto.Update.September.2016

We have sent the requested items to Kumamoto since our fundraising started.

 

There is a request for the home and their group homes to be entirely wired for WIFI so we are continuing to rresaise funds for this. The estimate is $12,000.

 

While the homes where fall out shelters for the surrounding neighbors during the earhquake, they seemed to compare themselves to the survivors of the Tohoku Tsunami and Earthquake which they felt was much more of a catastrophe then what they experiended in Kumamoto. As a result they have not been as willing to accept more sympathy though I witnessed first hand the amount of structural devastation in our visit there a few months ago.

 

Aside from replacing broken items which were requested, we also purchased numerous items to help with the children to keep their mind off the anxiety felt around the earthquake and the daily reminders when they walk through town to school at the destruction done in the city center.

 

Though we have not pushed the home, we created a photo contest with digital cameras for the children to take photos and submit them as a contest.

 

iPads were purchased at a discount as well as PENCILS being donated by FiftyThree in NY so the children could do art projects.

 

We continue to stay in touch with the home on updates as there are reports in the news that children, in general, in Kumamoto were beng seen as more agressive and possible still affected from the earthquake.

Needlesstosay, when an earthquake of this magnitude occurs, we are all reminded of how insignificant we are compared to Mother Nature. At the same time, it is very reassuring how many people have shared through donations or desires to volunteer in that common thread that holds us all together.

Jul 22, 2016

Digital Natives Update.7.2016

Currently we are working with the staff of the homes to understand the career assessment tests which have been taken or are underway.

RIASEC, the company which has donated the tests, is holding training sessions for the homes so that they understand the results and how to encourage the children to use the laptops to research more details about the careers their aptitudes point them towards.

Meanwhile firms such as Morgan Stanley and Herbert Smith have signed up to do career days at their offices which will include an office tour as well as introduce the children to the people in different departments such as IT, Mass Communications and Finance.

We are hoping that post the meetings, we will also have volunteers to act as mentors for the children for them to be challenged to use the software to a greater degree and depth catering the usage to the career preparation.

We are also holding a photo contest with the children in Kumamoto to encourage them to use the digital cameras we purchased for them as ways to focus their energies and creativity technically.

Last week we had interns from JP MORGAN join one of the homes to make drink tumblers by choosing a photo or image from the internet and adding to a WORD document and cutting out to place in the tumblers.

This weekend we have someone who is working with the children to be doing a few training sessions on how they could build their own website for the group home they live in.

We are looking for organizations who are willing to get closer and adopt a home to know more about the details of their needs and progress. Please contact us if you are interested.

michael@livingdreams.jp

Jun 21, 2016

Update on Kumamoto June 2016

We have been working with the Encho-sensei at Jaiai-en in Kumamoto.

 

Aside from the items they requested that were damaged in the earthquake, we have been working with them on purchasing items which can help the children as they get back to normal in post the event.

 

Having walked through the town where things were most affected, there are signs everywhere of the earthquake and we cannot help but believe these reminders are the reason, more so then ever, the children need to have things to keep their mind off of the acts of Mother Nature.

 

We also purchased digital cameras for the home and challenged them to a photo contest. Each home on the compound has a camera and the children are working on the challenge of taking photos graphs of "colors" from this we leave it open to their imagination.

 

They have also received e-pencils to be used on iPads for drawing exercises. A Kinect Xbox unit was purchased for both homes in Kumamoto so they could challenge each other to online games. They have also received two PCs for the children to use.

 

While one of the group homes was reduced to rubble though the children escaped in time to avoid being injured, this home will need to be rebuilt at the price of about $500,000 USD.

 

There has also been a request which will exceed our funds of connecting the group homes on the compound to WIFI. The quote for this is $12,000 which we would like to make an appeal to donors for.

 

Once the children all of WIFI access, this opens their world to not only access to the LIVING DREAMS Azure Cloud but also the ability to SKYPE with teachers and instructors.

 

There are many concerned groups who continue to show interest in helping Kumamoto and we appreciate their concern.


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