Mirai no Mori (future of forest) is a Japanese organisation that offers young people and children living in care the opportunity to learn through outdoor adventure. Ongoing workshops and camps offer a unique combination of learning English through safe play in a community space.
Founded in 2011, Mirai no Mori was originally set up to work with at-risk children in Tokyo and Yokohama, but after the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster founders identified a real need to provide relief for young people in care in the Kanto and Tohoku region. “Children in child welfare institutions are perhaps the most gravely affected group of youth in Tohoku. Not only did they experience the trauma and loss of 3/11, the threat of radiation stops them taking part in healthy activities outside, but they do not have the emotional safety net of a healthy family to help them cope.”
Mirai no Mori maintain a close partnership with each institution to ensure that the programme meets the needs of the child and their caregiver. All children are encouraged to join in with activities like: climbing, orienteering, cookouts, stargazing, night hiking, and marshmallow roasting. The project brings together children from multiple institutions and seeks to help young people build friendships, self-confidence and social communication skills.
In August 2013 the Lush FunD paid for 25 children from Fukushima to be part of this hands on outdoor camp.
The Lush FunD provides grants for fun and recreational activities for children living in challenging environments. To explore the full list of organisations we're supporting, click here.