Iva Mekki is starting her Iva C.A.R.E.S. (Curiousity, Action, Reflection, Embracing and Sharing) 1 year journey across the 47 Prefectures.
Starting from watching NHK documentaries with an elderly friend every morning, Iva's deep curiosity of Japan and its people has been sparked and she has now made it a mission to visit every prefecture of Japan by foot
Along the way, she will stop by homes and spread the news of YouMeWe NPO and collect origami cranes from children with their own curiosities written on it, so that they may be inspired to explore what deeply interests them too.
Her journey will start by from the historical Nihonbashi in Tokyo, and will follow the Tokaido route to Kyoto, along the famous 53 stations. This trip will also bring us to our 10th anniversary of Designing Artists Academy in Summer "The HeART of the city" where we have artists volunteering to teach the children of the homes various art forms over a week and a half.
Our 53 Stations of IOT
In order to scale the DIGTAL CITIZENS program for YouMeWe NPO , we would like to endeavor on a funding campaign along with Iva to raise funds for the orphanages.
With the funds raised we will support the children’s homes between Nihonbashi and Kyoto (or homes in Tokyo and Nagoya) in collaboration with Santa & Friends through the purchase of items or services that they need for the homes, and for our annual DAA Arts Camp.