Microsoft “Upgrade Your World” volunteer event

by Microsoft マイクロソフト社員による Upgrade Your World 活動 日本マイクロソフトでは、昨年7月から世界をアップグレードしている人々や組織を支援するグローバルな取り組み、「 Windows 10 Upgrade Your World(UYW)」をスタート。 その一環として、UYW 支援団体の 1 つ「 NPO 法人リビングドリームス」と協働し、都内の児童養護施設の皆さんと日本マイクロソフトの社員ボランティア約 80 名による交流会を 3 月下旬に実施いたしました。 子供の家(清瀬市)、聖フランシスコ 子供寮(大田区)、まつば園(板橋区)を社員が訪問し、様々な年齢の子どもたちと、Minecraft のプログラミング体験や、Microsoft Office の使い方講座、英語で宝物を見つけるトレジャーハンティングなどを行ったほか、Skype for Business のビデオ会議を活用し、 ICT でできるこれからの学習支援や、子どもたちに求められる今後の教育について先生方とディスカッションしました。 参加した社員は「とても大切な経験。多くのことを学べました」「自分の身の回りでも、もっとボランティア活動をしていきたい」「子を持つ親としても考えさせられ、この経験を次に活かしたい」など多くの学びがあり、今後の活動に活かそうとしています。 UYWでは、社会をより良いものに変えていこうという人や組織をエンパワーすること、そしてマイクロソフト社員ひとりひとりも成長し、アップグレードしていくことを目指しています。 ▼日本のUYW支援団体の紹介ビデオはこちら https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCzqLxj6lwcm8Ujh_Jf_0-t4pSS1o34yf In Japan, Microsoft, Upgrading the world from last July there were Global efforts to support the people and organizations, It launched the “Windows 10 Upgrade Your World (UYW)”.As part of these efforts, in cooperation with one of the UYW support group “NPO corporation Living Dreams”, a Tokyo orphanage There was an exchange meeting by employee volunteers of about 80 people from Microsoft Japan conducted in late March. Children’s house (Kiyose), St. Francis Children dormitory (Ota), Matsuba-en  (Itabashi) employees visited with children of various ages. They taught programming experience of Minecraft, how to use Microsoft Office  course, Find the treasure, how to take advantage of the Skype for Business video conferences. There were teachers and the discussion about the future of education. Participating employees felt is was a “very important experience”. Video from Upgrade your World campaign:...
Remembering March 11

Remembering March 11

by by Miho Walker (former director of home communications) In November 2011 I visited Minami Sanriku for the first time after visiting one of the children’s homes in Fukushima that Living Dreams is supporting. After driving from Sendai for 3 hours in the peaceful contryside, it suddenly started. The first thing I saw was a pile of cars completely crushed, a pile as high as a 2-storey house. Driving further ahead, the view opened up to the port – and all that was left was rubble after rubble, destroyed or overturned buildings, and more piles of crushed cars. For the first time in my life I saw something that was too shocking – my voice was gone and I had tears streaming down my face that I couldn’t see where I was driving. It’s impossible to describe the extent of the devastation. I’m sure that anyone who has visited the tsunami-stricken areas had the same reaction of utter shock thinking “how could something like this possibly happen?” It cannot be described. While I was up north I met Mr. Carl Williams the day before my trip to Minami Sanriku who used to be in the military and based in Japan. On March 11 he was living in the US, but went back to Japan after the tsunami because he wanted to do something to help the people in Tohoku. He now works with the Japan American Citizen’s League (JACL) and Direct Relief International (DRI) which are 2 organizations helping us at Living Dreams with our programs in supporting a children’s home in Fukushima prefecture called Souma Aiikuen. Carl is...

Properly Outfitted for Winter Weather and the Slopes…

by February 2009Patagonia In December we started receiving requests from several of our children’s homes needing proper winter coats and gear, including ski apparel for one home that is taking a group ski trip in March.A month into our search for a potential donor/sponsor, we received an email from Bill Werlin of Patagonia saying they had 2,800 units of jackets, sweatshirts, ski pants, and other accessories available for our homes. What? 2,800 units?! Again, another jaw-dropping moment for us—and for our homes.A warm thanks to Bill, Tomoko, Cathy and Mie at Patagonia for making this happen. And we’re also thankful for the efforts of our Living Dreams volunteers–Miyuki, Mona, and Gandhi who helped pack up all of the clothes and shipped them off to the...

A Sumo-sized Donation…

by December 14 2008Ritz-Carlton Tokyo GM Ricco DeBlank & Akebono Charity Auction DonationThe Ritz-Carlton Tokyo and Akebono made a tremendous donation last week when they announced they would be donating funds from the Ritz-Carlton’s global charity auction.¥1.7 Million will be donated to Sayuri-no-ryo children’s home for a new computer lab, and ¥800,000 will be given to Tokyo Ikuseien for computer upgrades. For us at Living Dreams it was a jaw-dropping, pinch-yourself announcement—as these computers are sorely needed at both homes. In fact, Sayuri-no-ryo currently has no working computers. So on December 14th, Ricco and Akebono, together with their sons, made a visit to each home to present the check to the home and meet the children.Imagine Akebono picking up a 12 month-old girl to say hello… it was quite a sight. So there might have been a few crying babies but Akebono managed to charm most of the kids! It was a special day for all of us, especially relevant for the donors—Ricco and Akebono–to see the home, how the money will be spent, and to interact with the children.With deep appreciation,Living...
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