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Hublot event

by スイスの高級時計ブランド「ウブロ」は6日、米大リーグ・ヤンキースの田中将大投手、女子プロゴルフのイ・ボミ選手を招き、都内でチャリティイベントを開いた。神宮外苑の室内球技場で開かれたイベントには近くの小学校の野球チームから9人、ゴルフを習っている小学生9人も参加。あこがれのマー君やボミ選手と一緒に、ピッチングや、ゴルフのアプローチで的当てに挑戦した。的当てでは田中選手、ボミ選手、ともに自分の競技と互いの競技にも取り組んだ。田中選手は「いろいろなスポーツを経験して自分の競技に生かして」と子どもたちにエールを送った。イ・ボミ選手は「これからも体に気をつけて頑張って。それと、田中選手をはじめ野球をやっている人は体のバランスがよくゴルフも上手ですね」と驚いた様子だった。当てた的の合計金額は、子どもたちのために活動するNPOに寄付される。   VIDEO...

#GivingDecember in Japan

by To highlight both #GivingTuesday and the month of giving in Japan, Hublot for the second year in a row has donated funds to Living Dreams with a Sports day event with Masahiro Tanaka and Bo Mee Lee raising 1,950,000 JPY for the...

#GivingTuesday 2016

by We had another successful #GivingTuesday event where over 3 dozen people got together to raise funds for the homes for Christmas Wishes. We were entertained by Tansei and Rio Saito all evening. Thank you again for a great...

For a Lost Child

by For a Lost Child My experience within the walls of a Japanese children’s home By Nicolo Govoni, [email protected]   The air is fresh and clear between the branches of a shrine grove.   As the rainy season gives the inhabitants of Tokyo a day of rest, it is typical in the evening to see couples strolling hand in hand, children lingering on their bikes and ladies hurrying home loaded with shopping bags.   Walking through the slender streets of Minami Kugahara, lined with terraced houses, the street lights reflecting on the silent rails, twilight coming down placid and gentle, I muse that the city down here doesn’t look all that different from the small Italian village my grandmother grew up in.   St. Francis is a small shelter for orphaned children located in South Tokyo, surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of the suburbs. The sloping roof on the brown sky, the golden light shining through the windows, a small garden beyond a wrought iron gate before I remove my shoes to get in. I’m immediately greeted by Sister Yoshibayashi, an old nun with a clever light in her eyes, not a wrinkle in sight on her grey robe, and her hair, grey as well, covered by a veil, makes way in the corridors of St. Francis.   I look around and register the furniture around me carefully, the pictures on the wall, the kawaii statuettes on a polished-looking chest; I try to memorize each element, not only because I will have to write about it, but because I know I’m privileged, for even just being here, my...

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...

September 2016 Newsletter

by Please see below link for our September Newsletter: NEWSLETTER Thanking DAA Artists and Sponsors Twitter office visit Morgan Stanley Career night  ...

Azure Cloud

by Azure Thank you Microsoft for renewing our donation of the AZURE cloud so that we are able to offer our Digital Natives content from a centrally managed platform....

Adopt a home

by LD.Home.Profiles.9.2015   Please see the profiles of the homes we are sponsoring. We are looking for organizations which are looking to get closer to the home for volunteering, sponsoring and communication. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about adopting a home, please contact us....

Seeking Dream Makers

by Volunteer roles Volunteer roles Administration Office/Strategy Office   Administration Office is a back office which consists of Strategy, Legal, Financial and I.T. Departments.   * Strategy Department draws and reviews strategies on Living Dreams and Digital Natives development for Management Director and for President. The strategies should be reviewed at least annually. * Legal Department responsibilities will cover legal matters which will occur as the scale of Living Dreams and Digital Natives grows. The members of this * Financial Department is in charge of accounting. According to the trial calculation 50% of its work in Living Dreams will be devoted to the Digital Natives program. Financial Department decisions on transactions are the subject to a final confirmation by Managing Director * I.T. Department will take care of building and maintaining Digital Natives.   Volunteer Office   Volunteer Office is a unit for securing and fostering the inflow of volunteers to the organization. One of their main tasks is how to secure volunteers who provide their time and skills continuously to Living Dreams. Volunteer Office has 4 distinct roles;   * Recruitment: recruitment of volunteers   * Coordination: coordination of volunteers where allocation of volunteers and instructions to them are conducted   * Lectures: lectures where volunteers are taught in a periodic way mission   * Rules: rules of Digital Natives, what a volunteer for Digital Natives should be written in an introduction letter.   Fund-raising Office   Fund-raising Office is separated into two departments: Communications and Fundraising. Fund raising Office will be headed by a full-time employee with salary, who will be responsible for proposal activities and coordination...

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...

RCAP for Teens Career Testing

by To Living Dreams Always, thank you for your support. Thank you for the provision of R-CAP. As we can work you want to do children in the future, we would like to continue to support. Thank you for Living Dreamas and Riasec. Matsubaen Children’s Home...

Kumamoto Homes fund launched on Global Giving

by Click here to donate. Summary There are two homes in Kumamoto which we have relationships with. Both homes are in need of supplies of food, sanitary items and counseling. One home is acting as a shelter for 500 evacuees so the supplies would be shared among them. My great grandfather’s family returned from living in China in 1906 just in time to experience the San Francisco earthquake. He recalled at 6 years old hiding under his bed as the lamp in his room swung violently back and forth. My first trip to Japan was in 1989 and I returned to San Francisco just in time for the earthquake there. I was in the basement of the Shreve Building which was one of the few that stood in 1906. I was stranded for a week with no electricity and luckily had been to the store the day before because there was no way to get money out of the ATM to buy anything. I moved to Tokyo in 1993 so lived through the Kobe earthquake news and living abroad, at the time, witnessed the Tsunami and destruction in Tohoku. Yesterday I visited Kumamoto for the first time. Though I could see the signs of cracks on the walls of the airport, there was a sense of calm and frankly when you ride from the airport into the city, you are reminded of how beautiful the country side is in Japan. Immediately upon hearing of the earthquake one of our Dream Makers from Living Dreams NPO Yukie-san was on the phone with two homes we support there. Both homes said...

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!...

TOMODACHI Holds a Reception, “Remembering 3.11—Five Years Later”

by Memorandum of Cooperation Signed with the Government of Japan and TOMODACHI Fund for Exchanges Renewed Support for TOMODACHI On March 4, the TOMODACHI Initiative hosted a reception to commemorate the fifth year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. At the reception, TOMODACHI and its partners announced further support for the rebuilding of Tohoku and the fostering of next generation leaders. The event featured a signing ceremony for the “Memorandum of Cooperation on Enhanced Partnership in Support of the TOMODACHI Initiative Between the Government of Japan and the U.S.-Japan Council” with Miki Yamada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), representing the Government of Japan, and Irene Hirano Inouye, USJC President. The Memorandum formally established the relationship between TOMODACHI and MOFA—a relationship which has already existed unofficially for several years. In conjunction with this, MOFA appointed Ambassador Masaharu Kohno as the Government of Japan’s Senior Advisor to the TOMODACHI Initiative. Prior to the signing ceremony, a roundtable discussion was held with TOMODACHI alumni from Tohoku, representatives from the Government of Japan and the U.S. Embassy, and Irene Hirano Inouye. Topics included the progress made in rebuilding Tohoku, the activities and impact of TOMODACHI to date, and the roles of the young people from Tohoku and beyond who will become future leaders. Since TOMODACHI’s establishment in 2012, there have been over 4,600 program participants, with over 2,600 from the Tohoku region....

Benepa debuted in the homes

by   Video click HERE   BenePaは、約40年子どもたちに向き合い、学びを研究し続けてきた ベネッセだからこそつくれた、こどもちゃれんじ・進研ゼミの新しいカタチ。 全国の子どもたちのつまずき分析や指導実績をもとに、進研ゼミから扱う内容を厳選。 学習内容に応じた指導の工夫やコーナー設計で効率的に「わかった!」へ導きます。 https://benepa.jp/top/howto.html...

RCAP for Teens Career Aptitude Testing begins in Digital Natives Academy

by 日LD- 15+ Aptitude Test Learning Program Living Dreamsは実践的で最新のテクノロジーを組み込んだ教育を通し、日本中の孤児たちが社会出ていけるツールを手に入れ、スキルを身につけることをミッションとしている特定非営利法人です。 typeGは自己理解と職業理解に重点を置いています。どのように周囲や社会と関わることを好むのか、どのような強みを発揮したいと思うのか、「興味・関心」と「得意・自信」の両面から職業探究を行うことで、目的をもった高校生活を送るための行動化を促し就業観を育成し、最適な構成となっています。 Ages 15-18 children and young adults Aptitude testing by RIASEC Japan Use of Laptops for preparation Mentors to monitor quarterly Two year program to expand to...

Ma-chan will soon start her lecture series for Digital Natives

by POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS: LIVING.DREAMS.OBACHAN.Japanese LIVING.DREAMS.OBACHAN.DRAFT   Welcome to Oba-chan in the Cloud! “Oba-chans” Skyping with children in Tohoku and Tokyo! Not only “grannies” of course, but grandpas too! And mums and dads and aunties and uncles and… While we do have many grannies it’s the attitude that matters – encouraging, nurturing, praising and offering guidance rather than directing, instructing and examining. In this blog you’ll find reports from grannies about how their Skype sessions went – grannies sharing and learning from each other. If you’d like to know more, see: BBC article: Granny army helps India’s school children via the cloud Website: www.theschoolinthecloud.org/ クラウド お ちゃん、いらっしゃい! 東北と東京 子供たちと「お ちゃん」スカイプ! 「お あちゃん」だけでなく、もちろんおじいちゃんも!さらに、かあ ちゃんもとうちゃんも、お ちゃんもおじちゃんも・・・たくさん お あちゃんが参加していますが大事なこと -監督し、指示し、検査 することよりも、励まし、育て、褒め、手を差し伸べて教える姿勢な です。 こ ブログで お あちゃんたちがスカイプセッションを通じて互 いに経験を共有し学び合った報告を読むことができます。 詳細について 下記をご覧ください: BBC記事: Granny army helps India’s school children via the cloud ウェブサイト: www.theschoolinthecloud.org/...

Tokyo Marathon 2016

by Thank you to Dream Makers Jon and Josh for running in the Tokyo Marathon 2016 to raise funds for Living Dreams. It was such a challenge and so many people cheered you on! Thank you again for raising over 270,000 JPY.   What is the Tokyo Marathon Charity? With the catchphrase “The Day We Unite.” the Tokyo Marathon has grown significantly by bringing together the hearts of runners as well as its many volunteers and supporters. The Tokyo Marathon Charity, which is implemented in an attempt to “unite” a greater number of people through our socially committed actions, enters its 6th year. The number of participants grows each year, and their donations have been used for various charitable activities (such as preserving the global environment, supporting the refugees worldwide, supporting the children suffering from intractable diseases, and promoting sports), eventually “uniting” the families, lives, dreams and aspirations of the people around the world. There are various ways to participate in this charity program. You can be a Charity Runner yourself by raising donations, or simply be a donor to support the Charity Runners, handing over your empathy and good will to...

Twitter donates MacBooks for coding classes to kick off our 53 stations of Connectivity

by Twitter has generously donated MacBooks which are being used in the Shirakawa Gakuen home for coding classes in our Digital Natives Program. Twitter Japan, headquartered in Kyobashi is the kick off of our 2016 campaign of 53 Stations of connectivity. Based on the historical 53 Stations of Tokaido story, we are endeavored in 2016 to start in Nihonbashi all the way down to Kyoto placing a computer in a children’s home at each...
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