As soon as Youtube was unblocked, I spent a day to find some interesting things for blogging purposes.
My connection is awfully slow and the whole process is very time consuming. Among different material about Iran I came across a series of short movies taken by an American group while traveling in Iran during June 2006; from there I was lead to CultureKicks:
What We Do
Focusing on one country at a time, American kids are introduced to the people of a particular country while building positive perspectives about their culture.
To offer young American kids the opportunity to understand, accept, and appreciate people from other cultures in preparation for a global future.
To build global unity for the next generation.
The website had a link to a travel blog which ended abruptly. It made me wonder what had happened to this group. Were they arrested, had disappeared or taken hostage, one never knows what can happen in those countries.
I sent an email and I was relieved to receive an answer a day or two after: the writer was back in the USA, alive, safe and sound. We exchanged a few emails and shared a few long distance laughs.
For the time being this organization focuses on Iran, here you can find videos, pictures and some facts about Iran. CultureKicks provides a 45 minute of presentation to the kids age 6 to 18 anywhere in the United States, by request. Via this site, kids can also connect to the Iran program and exchange letters, draw pictures, or create a work of art for the kids at English-speaking schools in Tehran.
I wish all the success to the initiators of CultureKicks and Sian-Jan in particular. Movafagh bashid 🙂