Remembering 3/11 Four Years Later

Remembering 3/11 Four Years Later

by How We Started Immediately following the devastation of 3/11, we had people from all over the globe emailing Living Dreams, wondering how they could help all those stricken in the Tohoku region. In those early days following 3/11, as we had no presence in Tohoku, our organization could only direct inquiries to reputable first-responder NPOs who were already deployed in the region. From the inception of Living Dreams, it was the goal to expand the NPO beyond the [then-current] 33 children’s homes in Tokyo, into other parts of Japan. However, the reality was that we just didn’t have the staff resources to cast a wider reach of our services and programs. Keeping up with our Tokyo programs was already a challenge for our small organization. Due to the nature of our programs, the workload associated with each program is quite extensive and therefore, difficult to maintain a steady stream of volunteers who could consistently manage projects.  About 80% of our volunteer base at the time also had full-time jobs.   With that said, in the weeks following the earthquake and tsunami we were approached by several groups eager to sync up and support children’s homes in the disaster region. One in particular, Smile Kids Japan, was an organization in Japan working closely with the JET programme to help recruit regular teachers to volunteer at orphanages. After a week or so of intense discussions, we ultimately decided it was worth the risk to overextend our organization and see what kind of support we could offer children’s homes in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. The early partnership with Smile Kids...
LIVING DREAMS “SHARING AND CARING” GALA AND FUN-RAISER

LIVING DREAMS “SHARING AND CARING” GALA AND FUN-RAISER

by Please click here to join 参加したい Dream Maker(ドリーム メーカー)様 拝啓、日に日に春の訪れを感じる今日この頃、お元気にお過ごしのこととお慶び申し上げます。 日頃より弊会の活動にご支援・ご協力いただきありがとうございます。 早速ではございますが、非営利法人リビング ドリームスでは来る5月15日金曜日、18時よりアクト スクエアー恵比寿において、第一回 ガラ ファン‐レイジング (Gala and Fun-Raising) イベントを開催する運びとなりましたので ここにご案内させていただきます。 本年度は昨年度に引き続き、東京・東北の各5つの養護施設において“デジタル ネイティブス”に焦点をおいた活動をしてまいります。 東京・東北の各5つの養護施設では、すでに試行事業が展開され、クラウド エコシステムが搭載されたラップトップ/タブレットを1人に付き1台配布させていただております。現状、施設の子ども達がこのような先端技術に触れながら、学習する環境は極めて乏しく、日本全体でたった5%となっております。ラップトップやタブレットからインターネットへアクセスすることにより、子どもたちの世界は広がり、またそれは子どもたちの豊かさへと導いてくれます。また、別の統計では、一般家庭の子供たちの平均50%が大学へ進学するのに対し、施設の子供たちの大学への進学率はわずか9%に止まっております。 長い人生を過ごしていく過程において、いくつもの選択肢を持つことはとても大切で重要な事. 2015年度は引き続き、配布した機器をさらに効率よく稼働させるにあたり、クラウドベースのプログラムを開発し、弊会がサポートする施設の子どもたち一人一人に、ラップトップ/タブレットを配布する事に焦点をあて活動をしてまいります。この活動には、各個人のアカウントにクラウドの設定、各施設に無線ランを設置、ラップトップ/タブレットの配布、学習プログラムの実施(Recruitキャリアパス サポート プログラム)、オフィス365、スカイプ(1対1の指導) そして、将来に必要な項目例をあげてまとめられたビデオを普及する、が含まれております。ここまでこぎつけられたのも、これまでご支援いただいた方々のおかげでございます。このプログラムについて詳細を説明するビデオがございますので、次のURLからご覧ください。 Living Dreams Website 今回このイベントを催すにあたり、先の案件を現実化するためのご支援として、10名様のVIPテーブルを¥300,000-でご購入いただければありがたく、ご案内いたしました。このスポンサーシップは、テーブル席のご購入、現金でのご寄付、またはライブ・サイレント オークションの3通りの形でご参加いただけます。ご厚意で寄せられました寄付金は、デジタル ネイティブス プログラムをさらに拡大し、最終的には全国の養護施設で過ごす子どもたち、30,000人、各一人一人の手にコンピューターを手渡すという、弊会の目的の為に使用させていただきます。 当日はたくさんの楽しいおもてなしと、施設の子供たちにクリスマス プレゼントしたデジタル カメラで撮影した写真コンテストをご用意しております。参加者の皆様に評価いただきコンテストの優勝者を決定し、その優勝者の写真は当日オークションにかけ、収益金は優勝者が過ごす養護施設に直接贈らせていただきます。 ご不明な点がございましたら、遠慮なくお問い合わせいただきますようお願い申し上げます。: [email protected] or 090-8113-8584 敬具 午後6時 シャンパン レセプション 開始 午後7時 ディナー 開始 (お料理にマッチしたワインをご用意しております) 午後11時まで、各種ご用意したエンタテインメントや音楽をお楽しみいただきます。 ドレスコード: フォーマル ブラックタイ着用 料金:     30,000円 (30,000人のホームに滞在している子どもたち1名につき1円をご寄付ください 2015年2月吉日 理事長 マイケル クレモンズ Dear Dream Maker, Thank you for your interest and collaboration with Living Dreams. We are planning our first annual Living Dreams Gala and Fun-Raising event during the evening of Friday, May 15th, 2015 at ACT SQUARE in Ebisu, Tokyo. We launched our initial pilot 1 to 1 laptop/tablet program with a Cloud based ecosystem in our initial 10 target homes (5 in Tohoku and 5 in Tokyo). Only 5% of the children in institutional group homes have access to technology. Also, only 9% of these children attend university, compared to a national average of 50%. Having choice is so important in life. Enriching and enabling these children through access to the Internet and its tools is a world opener for many of these children. We are off to a promising start with the overall cloud architecture in place with individual accounts, home wireless installation, laptops/tablets, a few learning programs (Recruit Career Path & support program), Office 365, Skype (1:1 mentoring), and video content in the cloud to provide examples of what needs to be curated in the future. We are highly encouraged by the various partners who have joined us so far. We have short video explaining this program at Living Dreams Website We are reaching out to you early to see if you are interested in securing a VIP table for ten as a partner for 300,000 JPY. Your partnership can be...
TOUCHY, PhoTohoku and Photographer Satoshi Lecture 2014/2015

TOUCHY, PhoTohoku and Photographer Satoshi Lecture 2014/2015

by Digital Natives Workshops at the children’s homes in Tokyo and Tohoku. The workshops were led by Touchy, Photohoku and Satoshi Aoki teaching them how to use digital cameras for the photo contest they have been challenged to for our May 15th Gala in Ebisu. touchtouchy.com photohoku.org The film was directed by Matt Miller...
HUBLOT AND MASHAHIRO TANAKA IRON ARM CHALLENGE

HUBLOT AND MASHAHIRO TANAKA IRON ARM CHALLENGE

by     Video- HUBLOT EVENT The luxury Swiss watch brand “Hublot” welcomed Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees (of Major League Baseball) as the newest member to join the star studded Hublot ambassadors… And he is the first ambassador from Japan to join the Hublot family! In order to commemorate Tanaka’s appointment, a charity event “HUBLOT X MASAHIRO TANAKA: Iron Arms Challenge” was held at the Roppongi Hills Arena. Hublot is a young and dynamic Swiss watch brand that believes in importance of sharing – sharing the success and contributing back to society – and to date, Hublot has hosted variety of charity events around the world through welcoming world-famous athletes as ambassadors: the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt; football legend, Pele; and US National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. Tanaka, who is in the world’s spotlight now, quickly joined the ranks of star players shortly after joining the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and currently plays for US MLB’s New York Yankees. Tanaka’s passion, strong curiosity, and his spirit of charity which is visible through hosting baseball classes for children with his follow baseball players – these are the values that Hublot also cherishes. Hublot, along with Tanaka, will continue to hold charity events aimed at contributing to realizing a bright future for children. A massive spectators turned out and cheered on to selected 80 people who participated in the preliminary round of “Iron Arms Challenge” charity event in Roppongi Hills; each participants challenged to outperform Tanaka’s record, 156 kilometers per hour, by...
LAW ROCKS 2014

LAW ROCKS 2014

by 1,000,000 yen was raised by a special charity concert event at the Tokyo Annual Conference of the International Bar Association 2014. A place were you could let your hair down, put on your leather pants, and prepare for a rocking good time! Come witness as bands of musically brilliant legal professionals from law firms all over the globe take the stage. They will compete for rock glory and for the benefit of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute and Living Dreams, which helps Japanese children in need! Visit us at Law Rocks! UK or Law Rocks USA to learn more about Law Rocks!...

Designing Artists Academy 2014

by Most children’s homes lack continual and varied access to arts programs. Costs of supplies, instruments, equipment, and lessons serve as the predominant barriers for children who want to participate in the arts on a regular basis. Our goal at Living Dreams is to increase opportunities and encourage kids to explore the arts. Added benefits for participating in the arts can prove to be therapeutic and mind opening for children dealing with traumatic stress and low self-esteem. Further, in a fun environment, children can learn to connect with their emotions in less obtrusive ways. At Designing Artists Academy, we offer impressive artists who are both inspirational teachers and role models. At the very core of this initiative, we hope to open children’s minds and inspire, motivate, and empower! More Information: Living Dreams: http://livingdreams.jp/main/ Video: © 2013 David Woo (Living Dreams Communications and...