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Help us send 30 youth to Winter Camp!

2016.10.11

Help us send 30 youth in care to magical Winter Camp!

mirai-no-mori-11NPO Mirai no Mori creates life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected, and orphaned children in Japan, supporting their growth into happy and successful young adults. With this project, we are hoping to bring back our popular winter camp, where the youth have chance to challenge themselves to gain confidence, to use English to broaden their view, to build life-long relationship with their peers and international caring staff.

Snow-shoeing, snow science, apple cider making.. so many exciting activities are waiting for campers!

Please help make the magic happen. >> Global Giving site

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Credit card donation is now available

2016.02.25

We are happy to announce that the credit card donation to Mirai no Mori is now available.

All of us at Mirai no Mori is doing our best to invite as many children as possible to our upcoming summer camp!
Your generous support would be much appreciated.

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(日本語) 元プロボクサー坂本博之さんから!みらいの森への応援メッセージ

2015.06.01

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(日本語) クラウドファンディング – サポートの仕方

2015.05.27

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Crowdfunding project – Gift an unforgettable rafting adventure to children!

2015.05.26

DSCF5792-loresDid you ever go camping when you were young?

Many of us have fond memories of playing all day in forests and rivers, and cooking meals over an open fire. Lulled to sleep at night by chirping insects and rustling leaves, then woken at daybreak by a chorus of birdsong. Experiences in the great outdoors have an immeasurable impact on our lives, helping form who we are today.

Experiences such as these are out of reach for some 30,000 children who live in welfare facilities around Japan. Unable to reside with their parents for a variety of reasons, many miss out on the joys of youth that are often taken for granted.

At Mirai no Mori, we have so far hosted 408 such children on our action packed camps. Our bilingual or native English speaking staff facilitate positive change in the participants, drawing on their infinite potential through three core elements of ‘Outdoor Adventure’, ‘Real life English’, and ‘Ongoing Mentoring’ to help create brighter paths to their future.

This year 25 children from welfare facilities will spend five days at camp at a time, working with their team mates to overcome challenges, creating strong and lasting bonds with staff and fellow campers. These experiences and memories give the children the courage needed to overcome obstacles in the future.

The final activity planned for this year’s camp is a river rafting adventure. Conducted just once in 2012, the rafting experience left a remarkable impact on the children, however it was discontinued due to funding difficulties.

013_originalThe river rafting experience begins with a mix of unease and excitement at facing the rushing and roaring river to the goal 5km downstream. Children work together, paddling and balancing the raft through the rapids. The teamwork required to control the speed and direction of the rafts draws on communication skills and teamwork nurtured during the course of camp, creating a huge sense of achievement and lasting bonds upon reaching the goal.

Without sufficient support, children in welfare facilities who are often abused, neglected, or orphaned struggle as they step out into the world at age 18. Our goal is to support these children to create a better future for themselves, and society as a whole.

[Project Details]

Camp sessions:
Session 1: July 27th to 31st
Session 2: August 3rd to 7th

Rafting date:
July 31st & August 7th

Camp location:
Saitama Youth Outdoor Center, Chichibu, Saitama

Rafting location:
Concept, Okutama, Tokyo

Cost:
Rafting fee (50 children, 30 staff), transportation, food, HR cost, project management cost, other incidentals. = 1million yen (projected)

Project website:
READYFOR? (The project will be launched on May 29th!)

If we don’t reach to 1 million yen, we won’t be able to receive any donation.

A total of 1million yen will enable the children at camp this summer to experience the thrills of rafting, giving them the courage to steer their lives in a better direction. If you share our dream of supporting these children to create a brighter future, please consider donating to this cause.

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