THE SOUND OF LITTLE FEET
 
 

Mission 

We are committed to healing the hearts of children with trauma living in foster care, institutional care homes and orphanages around the world.   

1.  We seek to discuss and engage global issues and situations involving childhood trauma, particularly in post war areas. 

2.  We seek to share stories of those who have been impacted by childhood trauma in foster care and orphanages around the world,        in hopes of offering encouragement and support to anyone who feels alone and trapped in their own trauma.

3.  We seek to implement emerging technology that serves to help children living with trauma to move through and beyond their pain        into new places of empowerment and self-confidence.

4.  We seek to curate and create films that share and educate others about untold stories regarding mixed race, neglect and                        the abandonment of children who found themselves in foster care and orphanages around the world due to unwanted                           pregnancies, abuse, natural disasters and war.

 

Goals

CHANGE THE WORLD

01.

LOVE

02.

SUPPORT

03.

HEAL

04.

EMPOWER

 
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HOW WE GOT OUR NAME

IT ALL STARTED WHEN I CLOSED MY EYES AND LISTENED...

I sat next to Eiko Mitsutomi and listened to her as she told me about my father`s life growing up in the orphanage she worked at as one of his caregivers.  She would go on to tell me many stories about my father and all the other children.   I originally took my first trip to Japan in 2005, to visit Eiko so that I could learn more about my father`s past as a WWII mixed roots orphan living in occupied Japan but soon after found myself relocating to Japan to get more in touch with my Japanese roots.

 

As Eiko would share story after story about all the children in the orphanage, I began to feel like I knew each of them.  I often closed my eyes and imagined what Eiko was describing in sounds, putting sounds to the stories.  I began being able to hear my father`s feet and the feet of all the other children.  Sometimes my father`s feet ran around exploring and playing as she described his love for the outdoors.  Sometimes I heard them walking around slowly and cautiously, when she mentioned how timid and shy he was when he first arrived.

 

I began wondering about the different stories behind each pair of feet more and more as I interacted with many types of children at institutional care homes around Japan.  Often, by watching and listening to the feet of a child, I felt I was able to learn something about each child`s personality.  Some children who were filled with curiosity and wonder were often hopping, skipping and climbing from place to place.  Others, subdued and extremely guarded hardly moved around much at all, but were more likely to stand still quietly observing from a distance.  The different movements told different stories.  I wondered about the journeys each of their feet had gone on in such a short about of time on this earth.  What had their feet endured already to arrive here?  It was in closing my eyes and recreating the different scenarios from my father`s past and in watching these children today that the name, The Sound of Little Feet came to be.  It expressed so much in a few words and it birthed an idea called Our Feet which now has it`s own section and we will be doing a lot with Our Feet in 2017. 

 

 


Matt Miller 

Founder of The Sound of Little Feet

In search for healing for his father`s heart, founder Matt Miller, moved to Japan to learn about his father`s past growing up in an orphanage as a post WWII mixed roots orphan.  Along the way, Matt`s heart was deeply impacted through each experience he had volunteering with children`s homes.  He began working on a film trilogy as a response to his discoveries, revelations and research.  The first film FAMILY is available to watch now with the next two films coming in 2017 and 2018.  

As a response to what Matt has seen and experienced, he is now working to create a social enterprise focused on helping children who have aged out of the system to learn valuable business skills through the Kikkake Candle Company, a business Matt has been dreaming and shaping for many years.  Matt has also been dedicated to sharing his ideas about immersive VR video game trauma treatment, he believes this type of technology it will begin to rapidly change the way treatment is approached and offered to children living wth trauma. 

Matt is an ambassador for Mirai no Mori and Living Dreams, two Japan based NGOs focused on empowering and enabling children living in institutional care homes across Japan.

Matt currently resides in Tokyo, Japan.