About Us

Vision and Mission

  • Vision

    We envision a Japan where all youth have equal opportunities.
  • Mission

    We are a not-for-profit organization that creates life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected, and orphaned children in Japan, supporting their growth into happy and successful young adults.

Where It All Began

  • 2011

    Mirai no Mori seeds

    English Adventure, a company offering American summer camps to children in Japan, and NPO Living Dreams, an NPO dedicated to empowering children, form a partnership and invite abused, neglected, and orphaned children to join English Adventure summer camps in the Kanto and Tohoku regions.

  • 2012

    Seeing the powerful effects of the first camp, English Adventure’s leaders, David Paddock and Jeff Jensen, co-founded NPO Mirai no Mori based on the need for a long-term effort to support as many traumatized and at-risk youths as possible.

  • 2013

    Mirai no Mori puts down roots

    Mirai no Mori is registered as a Specified Activity Nonprofit Corporation.

  • 2014

    Piloted a Leader in Training program for select camp alumni and high school students.

  • 2015

    Mirai no Mori branches out

    First full-time member of staff hired to lead, develop, and enhance the impact of the programing.
    Back to Nature weekend programs launched.
    Experts enlisted from various fields to serve as active Members of the Board of Directors.

  • 2016

    Certified as a Nintei NPO.
    Established corporate sponsored Back to Nature weekend programs throughout the year.

  • 2017

    Mirai no Mori alumni start to bloom

    Long-term training program developed for young camp alumni through a revamped Leader in Training program.

Challenges

What are children’s care homes?

Sometimes called orphanages in English, children’s care homes house boys and girls aged 1–18 whose parents cannot support them. The children receive a safe place to live and the support they need to lead independent lives.

 

What challenges do they face?

Children’s care homes do an admirable job of providing a safe place and the basics for living, but most children still struggle with a host of unmet needs and problems such as:

Emotional and psychological damage

 

 

Severe academic deficits and little academic support

 

 

Lack of parental guidance and role models

 

 

Inadequate support networks and safety nets as they enter adulthood

 

 

What are the common outcomes?

Many have no parents to depend on, nowhere to live, and no academic record or qualifications for work.

When children leave their institution at the age of 18, they must be able to provide for themselves in every aspect of their lives, from housing to clothing and food, using money that they earn by working. However, because of the environments they were born and raised in, they don’t have the desire to work, and many lack the basic life and communication skills to be able to work. Many of these children will find themselves in the following situations:

Limited or no education after high school

 

 

Unemployment or dead-end jobs, part of the working poor

 

 

Homelessness

 

 

Employment in the sex industry

 

 

Placement of their own children in nursing homes

 

 

It adds up to a terrible loss of human potential, and real social and economic costs for Japan.

 

Meet Our Team

All the amazing people who make Mirai no Mori possible

Organizational Profile

NAME NPO Mirai no Mori
ADDRESS JAWE 6F OWL 2-6-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
TEL 03-6435-7504
DATE OF ESTABLISHMENT March 18, 2013
REGISTRATION NUMBER 0124-05-002908

Nintei NPO can issue tax deductible (or tax credit) receipts as well as exemption from inheritance tax to individual donors, and additional deductions are available to companies.

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