Education  Japan Project #44126

600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages

by YouMeWe NPO
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages
600 computers for 600 Japanese Orphanages

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"

 

Thank you,

YouMeWe NPO

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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.

Sincerely,

YouMeWe NPO

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We are receiving more and more donated computers and have a quick process now to get them to the homes making requests.

Since our last update, we now have upgraded computers in homes that had new PCs in 2013 but now are enjoying more recent models with touchscreens.

We have received requests from new homes in Kyoto and Osaka so now we stretch from Iwate-ken in Tohoku all the way down to Nagasaki and over 1,000 computers in the field now with more computers coming and filling more requests.

This is not only helpful in connecting with new homes but also we find that some youth who have gone to university and had their computers crash are able to get replacements from us they otherwise would not be able to afford.

The COVID crisis raised the need to be connected and online and we were happy to be positioned to help where possible.

 

Thanks to you and your generous contributions.

 

Thank you,

 

YouMeWe NPO

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We continue to roll out computers to homes that have made requests. We are also increasing the number of units where the demand has increased.

While we are continuing to go along the Ancient 53 Stations of Tokaido, we have made a new path along the homes situated along the path Andy Abbey rode last year on his bicycle from the top of Japan along the length of the island.

We received 58 laptops from Gensler. We placed iMacs in a new home in Yokohama. We increased the number of units in Nagoya, sent new units to a home in Funabashi and as far as Nagasaki.

We are also issuing laptops to children who have aged out of their homes but do not have their own devices. Some in university and some are looking for jobs.

We have classes now weekly online. People teaching from the US to Japan. We have contact with our collaborations in Ghana and the Philippines and trying to bring the whole experience of an information society alive for the population we support.

 

Thank you for your generous support.

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We are very fortunate to be getting computers donated to us and at the same time making contact with more homes in Japan.

We have rented a temporary storage unit to hold the inventory until it is ready to be shipped out to the receiving homes.  

There are 50 laptops being readied and sent out in Hiroshima. We upgraded 4 laptops to increase the class size in Nagoya and the ten laptops in Iwate are currently online and being monitored for upgrades and virus scanning.

We will be giving computers to any of the kids who will be graduating high school this year and need their own device to continue their studies or for their personal use.

One of the challenges we are having is that we are allotted a certain number of licenses per two years via TechSoup so will have to have each home join TechSoup in order to get the Operating Licenses necessary to make the donated computers operational.

Thank you so much for your contributions, we will not rest until all homes in Japan, which we have access to via email and have been inviting to our Staff Seminars, have their own device.

Regards,

 

YouMeWe NPO

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YouMeWe NPO

Location: Nakano-ku, Tokyo - Japan
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Project Leader:
Jessica Kirton
Nakano-ku, Japan
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