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The In KidZ Story

In KidZ was started by Zabina Bhasin, a physician and mom of two, to help kids learn to love all cultures – and themselves.

Meet Dr. Zee
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Though Zabina Bhasin, M.D. (“Zee”) grew up in a diverse neighborhood in a diverse city, it wasn’t until she had kids of her own that she realized how few resources there were to help educate kids about the beauty of the different world cultures. And as they got a bit older and started making friends with other kids of different races and ethnicities, she realized she could help make a difference. 

It wasn’t long before her passion turned into a movement. As Zee saw other parents struggling to navigate that delicate balance between traditional cultures and the western lifestyle, she knew she had to shift her focus away from her career as a physician and hospital administrator.

And she started working with these parent “culture experts” to create the Culture Boxes that are the heart and soul of In KidZ.

“Kids are the future and in this beautifully diverse world, they need to see how all cultures experience life uniquely. Because it is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to understand and celebrate the differences, that prevent us from bridging the gap between people and accepting all humans as they are – With the goal of truly making the world a better place.”

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An introduction to In KidZ
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Meet Our Parent Partners

Magdalena Mejia

Guatemala Box

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Magdalena (Maggie) Mejia is a first generation immigrant from Momostenago, Guatemala. She arrived in California at the young age of twenty-two. While in Guatemala, Maggie’s life was very difficult. She did not have any toys, and would walk barefoot to school on a dirt path. She only had one pair of shoes that she was allowed to wear on special occasions. Unfortunately, Maggie was not allowed to be educated past the fourth grade due to her family’s financial situation. Maggie had to work and provide for her family starting at the age of 10.

In California, Maggie met her husband and had two beautiful children. When her children were of school age, Maggie also started to learn more about the English language. She enjoyed teaching her children different art projects, and how to play her own childhood games.

Currently, Maggie works as a nanny, taking care of children and their homes. She prepares healthy meals, including Guatemala Rice. Maggie has also taught the children how to speak Spanish!

Maggie loves to cook and her favorite food is Guatemalan tamales with bread on the side. She enjoys taking walks with her family, and watching cooking shows on YouTube. Her favorite daily activity is to have dinner with her family. Between her husband’s busy schedule, her grown children’s schedule, and her own work schedule, Maggie relies on dinner time to communicate with her family, and catch up. She truly feels blessed to have her family.

With deep feelings about her situation in Guatemala, Maggie sends food, clothing, books, and money to her family in Guatemala. Her family is able to educate their children, and provide daily necessities.

Mary Ozen

Turkey Box

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Mary was born in Turkey, but grew up in Chatsworth, CA and then moved back to Turkey to finish high school. She graduated from Southeastern University (Istanbul campus) with a degree in business management and stayed on in Turkey to work for an international public relations firm with clients such as McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. She got married to her college sweetheart and then moved back to Los Angeles where they live with their two children. They visit Turkey every year with the kids to keep the cultural connections strong.

Nikita Gupta

India Box & America: Black History Box

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Nikita is a writer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur who is known across the globe for her multicultural lifestyle blog, Growing Up Gupta. With her husband, Sachin, she is also the author Habits of Successful Career Nomads and The Art of Interracial Dating. They also recently released their first bilingual (Hindi and English) children’s book, I Love Masala Me. Nikita and her husband have been featured contributors for Huffington Post, The Times of India, Brown Girl Magazine, South Asian Buzz, among many others.