How We Started
In 2003, American Dave Paddock founded Tokyo based company English Adventure, offering the classic American summer camp experience to children living in Japan. In late 2010, Paddock and his team began looking for ways to give back to Japan in appreciation for their growing success. They contacted NPO Living Dreams, an organization dedicated to empowering children living in Japanese children’s welfare institutions, sometimes called orphanages in English. In early 2011 English Adventure and Living Dreams partnered to invite abused, neglected, and orphaned children to English Adventure’s camps free of charge.
Initially centered on children in the Greater Tokyo area, the project expanded after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which devastated the Tohoku region. Moving quickly, English Adventure and Living Dreams brought children from some of the most affected areas to their first collaborative camp in August 2011, along with the Tokyo and Yokohama children invited before 3/11.
Seeing the powerful effect of the outdoors and camp life on traumatized and at-risk children, Paddock realized the need for a long-term effort to support as many of these children as possible. With the encouragement and support of NPO Living Dreams, Paddock established NPO Mirai no Mori to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of this much-needed work. Today, Mirai no Mori remains active in both the Kanto and Tohoku regions.
|2011||1JAN||English Adventure and NPO Living Dreams partnership begins.|
|AUG||Summer Camp in Saitama, affected Miyagi Prefecture to join camp. / 36 campers|
|2012||1JAN||Snow Camp in Miyagi. First camp in the Tohoku region. / 34 campers|
|AUG||Summer Camp in Saitama and Miyagi. / 56 campers|
|2013||1JAN||Snow Camp in Miyagi and Niigata. / 59 campers|
|2FEB||Mirai no Mori certified as Specified Nonprofit Corporation.|
|7JUL-8AUG||Summer Camp in Miyagi. / 86 campers|
|2014||7JUL-8AUG||Summer Camp in Saitama and Miyagi. / 100 campers||2015||February||Back to Nature (Snowboarding) in Niigata / 24 participants||July and August||Summer Camp in Saitama / 105 campers||August||Back to Nature (River walking) in Tokyo / 18 participants|