Dear Donor Circle Member,
This week, we're inviting you to join us in a celebration of the power of small acts of generosity for GlobalGiving's Little by Little campaign. From today until Friday, GlobalGiving will match ALL online donations up to $50 at 50%.*
Your $10 donation turns into $15.
Your $30 donation turns into $45.
Your gift today will support our 600 computers for 600 Orphanages Project.
When we all work together, there’s no limit to what we can do—but don’t take our word for it.
Attached is the photo from our scholars who were all given laptops as they graduated high school in March and started on their adult journey attending college.
With your generosity, we’ll be able to continue to equip children and young adults with laptops.
Thank you for helping us one laptop at a time!
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Thank you so much for your support.
We have almost deployed all of our laptop inventory which those earmarked for the graduating high school students who are also receiving scholarships as well as homes increasing the number of children attending the classes.
We are expecting another 50 laptops soon.
We currently are able to teach in Taiyo Gakuen in Tohoku, Jikeiin in Nagasaki, Tokyo, and Nagoya as well as offshore classes in the Philippines and Brazil thanks to your support.
Each month we send a newsletter to all 600 homes with a link to our online shop which allows the orphanages to order online for free our equipment which we ship out to various locations in Japan.
Over 1,600 eighteen-year-olds graduate high school every year and through our growing network, we are able to reach out to the students as opportunities arise from hiring companies as well as collect resumes from students looking for jobs.
As we now live in an information society, the more connections, the increased spreading of ideas. Nothing is standing in the way of the children we serve from looking towards a brighter future and ever-expanding network.
We have been updating the inventory and making postcards to send to homes along the coast of Japan from Hokkaido to Nagasaki with the hopes that the homes will order the computers we have in our inventory.
We also continue to work with homes that are looking for more machines especially the homes which have what is called a "Group Home" which is when the children are moved to an actual house where they live with other children and supervising staff to understand the feeling of living in a house as opposed to the orphanage.
Many children come to the main building of the orphanage when they are doing lessons but would like to have computers are the group homes as well.
We just returned from visiting homes in Tohoku and some of the homes still need help with WIFI so they can have better connectivity, they would be able to have the computers used in more than one location.
Though we send our newsletter out to all 600 homes in Japan, are not certain if they are reading them. Therefore the postcards have QR codes and links to our website for better connections.
Thank you so much for your help in this project making it a reality.
Michael Clemons, Founder
While we are still accepting donations for computers into our inventory and have built an online store so that the homes can order free equipment, it is becoming obvious that with the demand is not that high.
We do not feel that it is a "Mission Accomplished" but with COVID, it appears that more and more children have a device whether that be provided by the national or local governments.
This is wonderful news of course.
Yet, we still have the computers and tablets as the base of an "open-faced sandwich" in the sense that this is the foundation of the courses and material that we teach and provide.
In some cases, homes in remote parts of Japan had smartphones for their children to access information on the internet in the group homes but now with computers of their own, they can not only do that more efficiently but it now allows them to attend our classes online.
Our teachers are working on software to introduce to the kids who have been using keyboards and a mouse for the first time to get them acclimated to computers to start with and then software and coding as follow-ups.
While there are 600 homes in Japan and we have approached them from different angles, we have also created the top 20 homes based on old and new homes that have requested equipment and feel that by having this focus, we can go deeper into the teaching in the homes but at the same time have more credibility to be introduced to other homes in the neighboring areas.
We appreciate your support and look forward to in this project until it really is "Mission Accomplished"
First of all, thank you! We had the dream of putting a computer in every children's care home in Japan to build a network and with your support we are well on our way to doing so.
We have received donations as well as donated equipment we then take into our inventory, upload the necessary operating system and after placing a YOUMEWE sticker with our website address on it, we ship them out to homes who request them.
One of our Ambassadors built an online store for the homes to order the equipment for free and we deliver to them. We now have computers as far north as Iwate in Tohoku and as far south as Nagasaki. We also have started to build the "Kansai Belt" from Kyoto to Osaka with homes accepting computers.
We initiated the project with the spin on the historical 53 stations of Tokaido when the Shogun had his people walking from Nihonbashi to Kyoto spreading his word and made it the 53 stations of IOT/Connectivity. Mapping the homes along the way.
We also had our donor who rode through the entire country on his bike raising funds and awareness for us and we mapped the homes along his route with whom we are in contact.
Ultimately we want every child living in the homes to have their own device. Simply because we live in an information society and it is necessary for children living in the 21st century and who will live to the 22nd century to be connected and informed.
Just last week, we brought in another 43 laptops from a corporate donor and 5 laptops to give high school graduates at Christmas Village.
Our sponsor donated computers and bags for the kids to carry them with.
Thank you again for your support, we will not rest until we have reached our goal and then on to the next goal.
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