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Developing Character with Natasha Wainaina and Ingrid

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Developing Character with Natasha Wainaina and Ingrid

Who is Natasha Wainaina? What is the Face of Kenya UK Contest? What impact does that have on Ingrid Education Centre? Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Natasha Wainaina is an undergraduate student studying International Relations at the University of Lincoln, UK. Since secondary school, she has been involved in the performing arts by joining the youth company at the local theater and being part of a dance team. Her main hobby is dancing; she also enjoys reading self-development books and taking part in projects that will enable her to gain new skills. She prefers to keep active; consequently, she is the Vice-President for the Lincoln Afro-Caribbean Society. The Face of Kenya UK Contest seeks to promote cultural diplomacy, youth empowerment, community cohesion,...

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Developing Character: Why Ingrid Education Centre?

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Developing Character: Why Ingrid Education Centre?

Why is Ingrid Education Centre worthy of financial support? What makes it so specifically unique in the world that it would be the organization developing character in the children of the Matopeni slums of Nairobi?   Arriving in Kenya for the first time in October 2012 felt like coming home. I knew this was where I belonged, where God had called me to share my experiences, and create a work He wanted me to do. Finally, at long last, I felt inspired, motivated, alive, and eager to begin doing what God wanted me to do. Additionally, I no longer felt alone in the world. Returning in January of 2013 with my son, Isaac Van Mechelen, we had the opportunity to teach classes at Ingrid. My son resisted the idea, but was finally convinced to share the topic of...

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Developing Character: Judging NCFCA Participants

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Developing Character: Judging NCFCA Participants

Twice this year I have had the honor and the privilege to judge for a National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) in Olympia, and in Richland, Washington. What a treat to see these home schooled children (ages 13-18) deliver their speeches! Duly impressed and thoroughly impacted by their work, I had extreme difficulty in determining placement, e.g., first, second, third, etc. The humorous round of speeches was the one I chose to judge in Olympia. I encountered speeches involving: Shrek fairy tales Arsenic and Lace Shakespeare’s version of Star Wars All memorized and complete with changes in characterization, including sounds of Chewbacca! Stunning, absolutely stunning, is all I can say to describe what I experienced. From the...

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