Today I received an email that really sparked my interest and touched my heart too. It was from a London-based multicultural family on a mission to show young children a world where everyone is included.
As a multicultural family ourselves, I almost leapt off the sofa with joy reading about this family’s initiative. As many of you know, I am English, my husband is Persian and eight-month-old Cyrus has the best of both worlds to look forward to.
I use my blog space to try and promote both our cultures equally as a new mum over 40, with family both here in the UK and 4,000 miles away in Persia. So when I received the email from Winnie Mak, who is from Hong Kong and Rafael Tselikas, who is half-French, half-Greek, I was literally overjoyed.
Finally I have found people like us who agree that the worldview of a multicultural family can be quite different from that of a traditional family.
And just like I was inspired to start blogging about our multicultural life, Winnie and Rafael’s diverse environment in London, mixed race relationship and parenting experience has inspired them to tell their own special story.
They have set to work on a London-based family start-up with the launch of a new multicultural soft doll collection on International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Tuesday, March 21).
The company’s mission is to promote diversity and inclusion to children and it’s set to raise £18,000 on Indiegogo – click here – to produce the first batch of dolls and children’s e-book.
The idea was the brainchild of Winnie Mak of Hong Kong and her husband, Rafael Tselikas who felt the need to bridge the gap and reach out to every child together through multicultural dolls irrespective of where they live or come from.
Having grown up in different cultures, it gave them first-hand experience in a cross-cultural relationship. They believe that a lot of conflicts could be avoided if everyone has a better understanding of their differences and work together to find a common ground.
Founder of One Dear World, Winnie said: “We believe we can advance peace in the world by introducing world cultures to children and teaching them to appreciate others from a young age.”
Meet the Dear Dolls
This unique set of multicultural soft dolls consists of 16 dolls from different cultural and ethnicity groups. In this crowdfunding campaign, 4 of them – Hope (African), Jun (Eastern Asian), Lea (European) and Parth (South Asian) are offered. Through this collection of dolls, One Dear World wants children to be able to appreciate and love themselves as they are, respect others regardless of the racial and cultural background they come from, and see themselves in a future where everyone is included.
Children’s e-book featuring environmental protection
In their children’s e-book, the four good friends embark on a journey to London in search of a cure to Professor Planet’s headache. Not only can the parents enjoy reading the story and introduce this international city to their children, they can also teach their children about environmental protection.
How you can get involved too!
The funds raised from this crowdfunding campaign will go towards completion of the project, demonstrating the power of diversity and oneness to the world. One Dear World’s Indiegogo campaign will run from now until April 22, in congruence with International Mother Earth Day, a day which recognizes that the earth and its ecosystems are our home and that it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.
Indiegogo campaign: igg.me/at/onedearworld – 29th March update, 31% raised, 97 backers, 25 days to go