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In this episode, Nick speaks with Meredith Smith, Media and Public Relations Director for Smile Kids Japan. Since 2008, Meredith has worked as an ALT on the JET Program and has volunteered with Smile Kids Japan since 2009. Smile Kids Japan is a volunteer organization that encourages visits to Japanese orphanages. Through its website and volunteer leadership, Smile Kids Japan helps facilitate such visits by serving as a resource for best practices and activity ideas. This is an amazing organization, and I’m glad to help share their story.
CBS6 News in Richmond, VA talks about Taylor Anderson Fund and relief efforts by Smile Kids Japan and volunteerAkita.
Smile Kids Japan Founder Michael Maher King is going to be speaking at TEDxTokyo: Enter the Unknown.
For more information please see the attached press release.
Find out more about TEDxTokyo here!
There will be a benefit concert featuring the Jammers, XOVA and Frank McComb on 22nd May 2011 at the Hideaway in Streatham, London. There will also be a charity auction and all funds from the evening will be going to Living Dreams and Smile Kids Japan on their tohoku kids support project. Please come show your support and enjoy an evening of world-class music for a great cause!
Even more than six weeks on, it’s still difficult to estimate the number of children who have been orphaned by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11.
The Ministry of Health has registered around 100 confirmed cases, but the number is expected to rise as more of the people listed as missing are confirmed dead. For some of the kids left behind, the path to recovery will be harder than others and they are likely to end up in state care.
Are you a warm-hearted, motivated and organised individual looking for a way to support your community during this difficult time? Can you guarantee that you will be in Japan for at least one more year?
Smile Kids Japan has partnered with Living Dreams to form Smiles and Dreams: Tohoku Kids’ Project. The intention is to build and continue strong relationships with the 18 childrens’ homes in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, in order to set up regular fun and interactive volunteer visits for the children at these homes. Although the Tohoku Kids’ Project focuses on these 18 childrens’ homes, our ultimate goal is to have regular visits set up in all orphanages across Japan within the next 3 years. For this, we need you.
Smile Kids Japan and Living Dreams are looking for Home Communications Managers (HCMs). HCM responsibilities will include:
- Fostering personal relationships with staff members at a children’s home to establish and maintain regular, long-term visits as frequently as possible, but at least every 3 months.
- Conducting needs assessments of the home and acting as a liaison between that home and members of the Tohoku Kids’ Project
- Helping distribute items that are donated to children’s homes
- Attending events organised by the Tohoku Kids’ Project that take place at the home as often as possible
Our goal is to have two HCMs for each home in an effort to make the workload easier for our HCMs. One HCM will require good Japanese, but both coordinators do not have to speak fluently.
As an HCM you do not have to worry about working alone. Members of the Smile Kids Japan team are always available to take questions and give advice and will also connect the HCM community across the country to offer further support and ideas. Any questions or problems that you encounter can be directed to Smile Kids Japan immediately.
If you are interested in becoming a Home Communications Manager, please download and complete the form below. Please return the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Home Communications Manager (HCM) Application (English) – Word Document (798KB)
Children’s Home Communications Manager (HCM) Application (日本語) – Word Document (12KB)
Mike will be on the show “Tonight” on Thursday, April 14 at 7.30pm UK time – ITV (Channel 3).
Try to watch it if you can!
Read more about it here! (Japanese only)
“Five years ago, then 23-year-old Michael Maher King moved from England to Japan to teach English through JET, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. Two years in, looking for a deeper connection to his community, he began visiting a local orphanage to spend time with the kids there and soon discovered that by serving area youth, he was also enriching his own experience abroad.”
Royal Holloway of the University of London responds to the Earthquake/Tsunami disaster and interviews Mike.