Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge #13-1, Pencils of Promise

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Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge





At first glance, Adam Braun looks like your average run-of-the-mill student who could easily be seen wandering through an American college campus. He wears a faded shirt with jeans accompanied by a clean haircut. While he may seem shy, he is full of passion within. During his junior year, he attended a semester at sea program and later went on to backpack throughout many countries. 


While traveling, he would ask children from different places what they would wish for if they could have anything in the world. Personally, when he was a little boy, he wished for Michael Jordan basketball cards. A long-haired girl he met in Hawaii told him that she wishes to be a better hula dancer. A boy wearing glasses on the street of Hong Kong wished that he had magical powers. During his time in India, Adam encountered unspeakable poverty firsthand. He witnessed many school age children begging on the street with their younger siblings clinging onto their backs. When he asked one of the beggar boys the same question, the boy excitedly wished for a pencil. Adam paused and searched for a pencil in his bag which he later gave to the boy. 


This experience resonated with Adam throughout his life. After spending a few years working as an investment banker, he left his lucrative job and started a nonprofit organization. His nonprofit began in 2008 building more than 500 schools in places such as Guatemala, Laos, and Ghana. His organization helps local communities build schools using the funds and resources gathers by the organization. 


What do you think about his story? Don’t we all have non-traditional dreams like Adam that may seem too risky? Adam has previously said, “If your dream does not scare you, they are not big enough”.


(To be continued)