Crowdfunding project – Gift an unforgettable rafting adventure to children!
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.
The 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.
Session 1: July 27th to 31st
Session 2: August 3rd to 7th
July 31st & August 7th
Saitama Youth Outdoor Center, Chichibu, Saitama
Concept, Okutama, Tokyo
Rafting fee (50 children, 30 staff), transportation, food, HR cost, project management cost, other incidentals. = 1million yen (projected)
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.
CPR & First Aid in English – benefitting Mirai no Mori
On 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.
Please share our information from the 2014 camp season.
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.
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!
Summerhill International School Fundraiser
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.
The 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.
The 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.