e2 Project is giving laptops and PC lecture classes to the children under / formerly under social care in Japan.
The project is funded by recycling used devices that were donated from companies.
PC Lecture Class
1― Welcome to the class!
Most of the time, the class is held at Lights On Children’s multi-purpose space “LOCer’s ROOM“, while on other occasion it is held at an office of the sponsor company. Volunteers are briefed on children’s homes and the children themselves before they participate.
2― Opening your laptop
After everyone introduces him- or herself, the kids get to open their laptops on the desk. The laptop is compact and as good as new, though it is a recycled product. It comes with a USB mouse, a USB memory stick, textbooks and a bag to carry them all.
3― One-on-one tutoring
While there is a main lecturer in the front, every child is paired with a volunteer and they together work on the learning subjects. Volunteers will support the child learn in his/her own pace by answering questions and searching for answers together.
4― Learn How to Use Office Software
The laptop is ready-to-use with Microsoft Office, security software and typing software installed. In the lecture class, children will learn the basic skills of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, as well as some basic knowledge of the Internet and Email.
5― Lunch Break!
We usually order food delivery for lunch. Everyone gets to choose what they want to have. Everyone has a fun time chatting about their schools and their part-time jobs and everything over lunch.
6― A Chance To Talk With Grown-ups
Volunteers at e2 Project lecture classes come from a wide variety of occupational backgrounds. Direct exchange with such grown-ups will broaden the children’s horizons, especially since these children are around the age of leaving their children’s home (which is usually 18).
7― Presentation Using PowerPoint
At the end of the lecture, each child gives a presentation about his/her own dreams. The children reveal their characters through the content and the style of the presentations. This is the moment of joy for the volunteers and staffs.
8― With Your Own Laptop, To The Next Step
Each child can bring back the laptops and accesories they’ve been using for 2 days and keep them.
Any child who wishes to acquire a PC skill qualification or to simply pursue higher skills, are welcomed to “e2 plus”, our follow up learning session.
* The above description is based on past classes, but you may find some changes in future classes.
Voices of participated children
“Half or more of the lecture content was new to me”
Rated on a five-point scale asking “To what extent was the content of this lecture class new to you?” (講習会の内容のうち、初めて知る内容はどの程度含まれていましたか？). The graph shows the % of the sum of the two answer points “almost everything was new” (ほぼすべてが初めて知る内容だった) and “more than half was new” (半分以上が初めて知る内容だった). The rating was done voluntarily and anonymously, N = 57 children.
“The event was satisfying/meaningful to me”
Rated on a five-point scale asking “To what extent was this event overall satisfying to you? The ‘event overall’ may include the time when you were not using the computer, such as the lunch breaks” (今回のイベント全体の満足度を教えてください。パソコン講習だけではなく、パソコンを使っていなかった昼休みなどの時間も含めます。) or “To what extent was this event overall meaningful to you? The ‘event overall’ may include the time when you were not using the computer, such as the lunch breaks” (今回のパソコン講習会は全体として有意義でしたか？パソコンを使っていなかった時間（昼休みなど）も含めて構いません。). The graph shows the % of the sum of the two answer points “satisfying” (満足) and “rather satisfying” (どちらかというと満足だった) or the two answer points “very meaningful” (とても有意義だった) and “rather meaningful” (どちらかというと有意義だった). The rating was done voluntarily and anonymously, N = 57 children (question of satisfaction N = 42 children, question of meaningfulness N = 15 children).
e2 Project Past Records
Number of children under / formerly under social care who participated in lecture classes of e2 Project (including the visiting lectures)
As of September 31st 2019
Cooperation With Social Care Instituions
Lights On Children has had the opportunity to cooperate with children’ homes and other social care institutions listed below.
A number of children from foster parents 里親) and family homes (ファミリーホーム) have also participated in the program.
As of March 31st 2019, in random order. Annotation: * shows independence support home (自立援助ホーム), ** shows maternal and child living support facility (母子生活支援施設), () shows visiting lecture only.
Futaba Musashigaoka Gakuen
Shinagawa Keitoku Gakuen
Tokyo Katei Gakko
Sei Yozefu Home [St. Joseph Home]
SOS Kodomo Mura
Kyuseigun Kieko-ryo [Salvation Army Kiekoryo]
Tokyo Salesio Gakuen
Twin Leaf Matsukaze
Mushashino Jido Gakuen
Tokyo Keimei Gakuen
Itabashi Casa Harunire **
Daini Chofu Gakuen
Tokyo-to Shakujii Gakuen
Bott-hakase Kinen Home
[Bott Memorial Home]
Information For Companies And Other Businesses
We are asking companies and other businesses to contribute to e2 Project by the means described below.
(Please be informed that we currently cannot pick up devices from households.)
- Acceptable Devices: We accept laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones that are used in office. For other related devices, please contact us.
- You need to have around 30 or more devices with a certain level of spec (CPU strength, storage capacity) and condition.
- In principle, we do not accept devices from households. Still, if you have 30 or more devices for donation, we might be able to pick them up. Please read this page and send us your list of devices (with names and model numbers) and your address.
- Your company and NPO Lights On Children (hereafter referred to as LOC) will sign an agreement. IBM Japan, Ltd. (hereafter IBM Japan) will assess your devices and have their data erased. IBM Japan will disburse the amount of money corresponding to the assessed price to LOC. LOC will receive that money as a donation from your company, and issue a donation receipt.
- Your devices will be carried by IBM Japan to it's own PC recycling plant (IBM Hino Refurbish Center), have their data erased, and prepared for reuse. We can arrange a visit to the Refurbish Center and/or issue a data erasure completion report. See IBM Japan's web page for further details of their service (in Japanese only).
- The devices you provide will be inspected and prepared for reuse by IBM Japan, and they will be sold/reused as high-quality refreshed PCs. Some of the refreshed PCs will be donated to children through LOC.
- The amount of money corresponding to the assessed price of the devices will be disbursed from IBM Japan to LOC. LOC will receive this money as a donation and use it to purchase IBM Refreshed PCs and other accessories.
- "IBM Refreshed PC" is a high-quality reuse PC with official Windows 10.
- LOC will purchase official Micrsoft Office through Microsoft's Registered Refurbisher Program and install it to the IBM Refreshed PCs.
- Children living under / formerly under social care, including children's homes, are eligible to this program.
- The PC lecture class takes place for two days. Participants will learn about the basic skills of Word, Excel and Power Point, and the basic knowledge about the Internet.
- LOC staff will serve as the main lecturer, and employees from the cooperating company can participate as volunteers.
Voices from Cooperating Businesses
Record Of Contribution to e2 Project
(As of March 31st 2019, in random order)