About Smiles & Dreams: Tohoku Kids' Support Project

...For the Children

Smile Kids Japan and Living Dreams are two NPOs, focused on supporting children who rely on orphanages for care and support. We have formed a partnership to provide immediate and long-term material and emotional support to orphanages, in Tohoku and other areas, directly and indirectly affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. We will provide orphanages with necessities and services to help children regain a sense of stability in their lives and move past the tragedy they've endured to build healthy and happy futures.

Our goal is to aid every orphanage caring for children affected by the earthquake and tsunami. We are focusing our relief efforts on orphanages that:

  • have taken in children who no longer have guardians due to the disasters
  • are providing for child survivors not usually in their direct care
  • have lost necessities for child care due to the natural disasters
  • need/want psychological counselling services for child survivors/disaster witnesses
  • want long-term assistance from our network of volunteers and professional counselors

A Message from Living Dreams

"What can we do to help?" Living Dreams, together with Smile Kids Japan, asked ourselves this question and went on to develop Smiles & Dreams: The Tohoku Kids Project, in order to support children's homes (orphanages) affected by the disaster. In the immediate months following 3/11, our organizations worked to address children's homes most basic needs such as clothing, books, school supplies, and basic housewares. These past 6 months, our focus has turned towards long-term, enriching support such as music therapy workshops, tutoring programs, overnight summer camps, snow adventure camps, and special "Christmas Wish" activities. These are programs that help boost children's curiosity and confidence while also offering a reprieve from the daily stress their community has been dealing with for nearly a year now.

Our organization is grateful and deeply touched to have a wonderful supporter such as Music at the Mission. We have no doubt that your special concert benefiting children in Tohoku will be a wonderful event.

- Living Dreams, February 2012

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