October article in Metropolis

by Click below: Therapy through Technology BY NICOLÒ GOVONI International adoption is in decline, even as the number of orphans relentlessly goes up. Of the 150 million children orphaned world- wide, only 250,000 get adopted every year. India, China, Uganda, Haiti, and Ukraine are the countries most commonly thought of as having many of children in need, and for intercontinental policies that facilitate adoptions. But children are subject to abuse and neglect in developed countries as well, where deplorable social issues such as child maltreatment are systematically disregarded. In Japan, orphans frequently go unacknowledged or experience stigma. Living Dreams has been active in improving the quality of life for Japan’s orphaned children. “In Japan, orphans living in institutions are almost 40,000, scattered over 600 children’s homes around the country,” says Michael Clemons, Director of Partnerships for Living Dreams, an NPO founded in 2001. The group focuses on using technology to better conditions in children’s homes. “In the past, the two World Wars were the primary causes, but now it’s because of abuse … the majority of these kids would be dead if they were still at home.”
With Living Dreams, Clemons supports institutionalized children by allowing them to learn through hi-tech devices. “Thirty-five percent of orphans are on average two years behind their peers, owing to the psychological scars they carry, and only 12 to 16 percent of them go to university. By exposing our kids to 21st-century learning and by training them to profitably use technology, we aim at improving both these numbers.” “At Living Dreams, we try to raise the awareness [within] the kids first, getting them to think of...

OZOBOT in the homes

by To Living Dreams,I was happy to meet you the other day.I thank you for teaching a variety of learning methods.I in order to teach the  program to the children, we use a new toy that is called OZOBOT.Children are learning and having fun.OZOBOT reacts to color, if you draw a line with a pen, you can use or draw a line on the PC, it follows this.Thank you very much.OZOBOThttp://ozobot.com/Matsubaen Children’s Home...

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:...

Living Dreams’ Digital Natives program to scale to Nagoya

by LIVING DREAMS has been chosen to be part of the future of the children living in six homes supported by ACCJ Chubu and Santa and Friends. This years goal of the Chubu Walkathon  (co-organized by ACCJ Chubu Chapter and Nagoya International School) held on May 22nd and is the 25th anniversary so the GOAL this year is to raise 25,000,000 yen. Click here: Chubu Walkathon to get involved….we are almost at the goal!...
Living Dreams mentioned in Japan Times for its work in Children’s homes in Fukushima

Living Dreams mentioned in Japan Times for its work in Children’s homes in Fukushima

by           The Japan times has kindly recognized Living Dreams in their article on Volunteer Works in Fukushima. To quote Japan times”Living Dreams has been running summer arts camps for children in Tokyo for the past seven years. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, the group realized there was a need to help children in Tohoku, and reached out to several homes in Fukushima Prefecture. Since the logistics made bringing the children to Tokyo for the summer camps too difficult, the current director, Michael Clemons, and his team explored other avenues. The result was the Digital Natives program, which aims to put a computer in the hands of every child in the homes. In a society where most youngsters are media savvy, only 5 percent of those in children’s homes have access to computers and the Internet. This holds them back in many ways.” Read more at Japan Times- Living...
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