Forever Under Construction


Posted in Children, Culture, Iran, USA by homeyra on December 29, 2006

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.

Mission Statement
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 🙂


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  1. Bluebear2 said, on December 29, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    What a great idea. We need many more of these types of peace generating activities.
    Mutual understanding is the key.

  2. Mahnaz Neghabat said, on December 29, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    Dear Homeyra
    It was so nice to see your Weblog.
    As you know I am an Eye Doctor, so therefore one of my expereinces in 1979 was that the secretary of the eye clinic in the hospital told me, when you want to examine the patients eyes do not get so close to the face of your patients when examining them, also she told me do not touch your patients skin with your bare hands.She told me to wear gloves.I convinced her that is impossible.I did my job and she agreed with this process.
    Have a great day and good bye.

    Happy new year for everyone , I wish all of you a great 2007.
    Mahnaz Neghabat.

    • Ellie said, on October 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      Hi my name is ellie and i knew you many years ago Mahnaz. If you see this please respond. I would really like to get in touch with you.

  3. homeyra said, on December 29, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    BB2, the idea seems so simple, but someone had to think of it. I have the impression that CultureKickers 🙂 are also having fun doing it.

    Dear Mahnaz! I am happy that you found finally your way to this blog, and I hope to see more of you around, and thank you for your wishes.

    I must introduce Mahnaz: she has a unique experience. She can write a book by herself and bring testimonies of social changes through the eyes of an MD and a surgeon.
    The above story might not seem clear to most readers. But “she” is a surgeon- you can guess some limitations that she had to handle!
    As in an old story I should say: those who don’t understand should ask those who do … or maybe as PPGG suggested, we should held the guessing competition here!
    I am happy to see you Mahnaz!

  4. Bluebear2 said, on December 30, 2006 at 1:49 am


    Thanks for the link to Miniature Earth.
    I had seen it a while back, but didn’t bookmark it.
    Then I forgot about it.
    I’ve now added it to my blogroll.

    It sure puts things in perspective.

    A very happy New Year to you and all your friends here.

  5. Agent 99 said, on December 30, 2006 at 6:36 am

    No. I’m sorry. I don’t like any of it. It’s too much like all the hopeful cultural exchanges with Iraq in the months before that filthy criminal scum monkey’s handlers invaded Iraq. These despicable pigs start banging their war drums, and we all reach for each other, trying to ward it off, and they don’t pay ANY attention. 😦

  6. homeyra said, on December 30, 2006 at 6:48 am

    You are right 99 in “a” perspective.
    I “met” Sian – online- I trust her and I like her. People like Sian are doing their “bits” and this is valuable.
    “They” and the “Others” won’t pay attention, is this something new? 🙂

    BB2, as you said this miniature earth put things on perspective. Do you know this one? worldometers
    Real time world statistics.

  7. Delaram said, on December 30, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    I have to agree with agent 99. I don’t like this kind of charitable work that is supposed to open the eyes of other nations to who we are. I think they are immature at best.
    I don’t see it quite the same as the pre Iraq war propaganda, though. I’m sure CultureKicks people are very nice, but they are oversimplifying who we are a as culture. I’m not usually impressed with those who go ooh and ahh over anything before having a good grasp of it. I’m even less impressed when they make a business out of it even if it’s charitable. They are supposed to teach Americans how nice we are? Why? How?

  8. homeyra said, on December 30, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Delaram, definitely you have a point in you skepticism in general like 99.
    I don’t expect any miracle to come out of this kind of action. In the other hand I value small actions specially when it is heartfelt by those doing it. I confess, I am a little simple minded 🙂
    Maybe they have faith in the next generations.

  9. Bluebear2 said, on December 31, 2006 at 1:02 am


    Maybe they have faith in the next generations.

    We MUST have faith in the next generations.

  10. Bijan said, on December 31, 2006 at 4:44 am

    Hi Homeyra. Are you in Iran? That’s where I heard Youtube was blocked. If yes, why did they block it to begin with and how come they unbocked it again?

  11. homeyra said, on December 31, 2006 at 5:13 am

    Hi Bijan, yes to the first question. And don’t ask me complicated questions. The usual “why?… because…” has too many peech-o-kham here 🙂
    Ok BB2, we Must 🙂

  12. servant said, on December 31, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Great post, Homeyra. Thanks.

    Good wishes for your new year.

    Homeyra: Thanx Servant! HNY to you too.

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