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CPR & First Aid in English – benefitting Mirai no Mori

2015.05.25

DSCF7868On April 12th, Dave was a part of the life savings course held at the Shibuya ward fire station in Tokyo. Dave who is a first aid instructor is one of the few English speaking instructors who qualified to teach the course.

The course on June 6th Saturday will be the second time being offered to English speakers, and donations will be accepted that day to support Mirai no Mori. Not only did this course spread the knowledge of first aid, it also increased the awareness of Mirai no Mori.

The course is not only for educators, but is open to the general public to participate. Please feel free to inform your friends who are interested in taking the course in English.

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Please share our information from the 2014 camp season.

2015.05.15

We ask that you kindly share our information from the 2014 camp season. Additional details have been added to our 2014 annual report. It includes the voices of camp staff members, information about the Give Back to Nature program that started last year, as well as the LIT report. We had a large number of volunteers who helped to write, edit, and translate. We were also fortunate to have a professional photographer who took wonderful photos that captured the excitement at camp.

UntitledWe hope that many of you have an opportunity to view these photos and comments. We would be delighted if you could share this news with friends and family members.

For those wishing to support Mirai no Mori, please feel free to contact us. We are still looking for summer camp staff who can help us make a difference in these children’s lives!

Also, we are now planning to launch the crowdfunding project for our summer camp program. Stay tuned for upcoming information!

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Summerhill International School Fundraiser

2015.05.12

Mirai no Mori received warm support at the 2015 Summerhill International School charity event. The Summerhill Parents Association organizied the Charity Food Show on April 23. The following day “The Art of Giving” fundraiser was held. We would like to thank all those who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to attend our event and for supporting our cause.

IMG_0897-1The event exceeded our expectations. The chairman, Dave Paddock, and ambassador, Matt Miller, started the event with each delivering a speech. We had the opportunity to speak with the attendees and were fortunate to receive positive encouragement for us to continue our work. We were so moved by how the entire school community pulled together to be a force for positive change.

IMG_8728-1The support of the Summerhill community will allow us to keep the promise with the children to support and reconnect with them throughout the year.

We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to our supporters for pouring their hearts into making a difference for these children.

 

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The lecture by Chairman Dave at Kyoto University

2015.04.21

On January 15, Mirai no Mori Chairman Dave Paddock was given the opportunity by The Organization for the Promotion of International Relations to speak at Kyoto University as a guest lecturer. The event, now in its second year, was organized by Professor Nagamori.  This year’s theme was  “Creating possibilities for at-risk youth in a global society.” During the event it was clear by the looks on the students’ faces that they were filled with strong emotions and the willingness to strive for a positive future. As they listened, Dave spoke about Mirai no Mori and shared his and his team’s passion.

DSCF3085As the world becomes more connected more opportunities will open, and with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approaching there will be a great demand for talented and skilled individuals.  Mirai no Mori would like to support and nurture young children so that they have a chance to spread their wings.  With warm hearts we hope that you will support Mirai no Mori.

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Success stories video production

2015.04.14

Mirai no Mori would like to spread the word about our organization to as many people as we can. In order to receive the support of the public, we are currently making a video showcasing what we do.

The first part of the series is about “The success stories: the impact we make on the campers.” It will include interviews from the care workers and campers as they share their experiences of camp in their own words.  We visited institutions in Iwate and Tokyo, and successfully conducted the interviews. Luckily, no one was camera shy.

At the institution in Iwate, about 30 children participated in English camp games with staff members Jeff and Matt, before having the interviews. They also sang their favorite camp songs and the children promised to remember the lyrics of the song before they arrive to camp this summer.  While at the Tokyo institution, a camper from last year reunited with his team leaders and shared fond memories.

IMG_7873Mirai no Mori is thankful for everyone’s support and we look forward to sharing our video with you soon!

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