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Malaysian and Belizean preschoolers connect
by Wil Maheia

Malaysia is a beautiful country halfway across the planet; and Belize is a small, also beautiful, country in the Caribbean. At the 2007 World Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I was surprised to see many faces that looked like those from Forest Home Village, Belize. A little research revealed that many Indians from India had at one time settled in Malaysia and the same was true for Belize. Many of the traditions that the Indians brought to Belize have now been forgotten. As a result, a large part of the culture has been lost, and our children have lost their cultural ties and traditions of old.

When Anne Sivanathan and I met again at the World Forum in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last June, we spoke about the work she was doing. We agreed that it would be a good idea to connect these children, and maybe some of the culture that has been lost in Belize could be recaptured in an photograph exchange.

Anne spoke with Avril, of Bright Star Preschool in Forest Home. The idea was to have the children of Malaysia send some pictures of their favourite fruits to ...

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