KIWL is an amateur international group of Japan-based men & women who 'get fit & give back' through sport & social events. Since 2012, KIWL has raised Y66.5 million for disadvantaged children in Japan, in particular those who are in institutional care due to abuse or neglect. Through YouMeWe NPO, KIWL aims to support the Digital Citizens project, transforming the hopes of the children and giving them prospects of a more successful outcome in adult life. www.kiwl.net
The next stage in giving for KIWL in partnership with YouMeWe NPO.Our primary mission is to help children growing up in institutionalized homes prepare for life outside the home once they reach the age of 18. We offer support programs that increase a child's opportunity to become a productive and financially independent young adult in their community. This means helping kids develop and hone critical skills such as language, writing, digital literacy, etc., and ultimately increase confidence.
OUR APPROACH For the past decade we have been working closely with many children's homes in the Tokyo area to better understand each home's needs, unique environments and the interests of their kids.
Further, we continue to learn about the various challenges each home faces and try to determine how we can best work together to develop support solutions. It is important to note that without first understanding the dynamic of each home and getting to know the staff and children, we would not be able to create effective and lasting support programs. The other element to achieving our mission is engaging the local community - through volunteering their expertise and time.