Naftaly Ngugi of South Africa Joins Youth for Ten-Day Summer Youth Academy of Learning in Romania

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - August 14, 2012
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Naftaly Ngugi, special guest of the World Genesis Foundation
Mr. Naftaly Ngugi of South Africa
Naftaly Ngugi speaks with youth at UNESCO Youth Academy sponsored by World Genesis Foundation in Romania
Naftaly Ngugi shares his experiences and life lessons with youth during an afternoon break by the Danube River.
Naftaly Ngugi speaks with youth at UNESCO Youth Academy sponsored by World Genesis Foundation in Romania
Mr. Naftaly Ngugi speaks to youth about the power of hopes and dreams during an afternoon discussion group.
Naftaly Ngugi speaks with youth at UNESCO Youth Academy sponsored by World Genesis Foundation in Romania
Experts from around the world gather to discuss and explore with youth some of the most important topics facing our planet.
Atlantykron Youth Academy held on an island on the Danube River near the village and ancient Roman ruins of Capidava in Romania August 4-11 2012. This year Naftaly Ngugi, from South Africa, attended as a special guest and presenter. He spoke to the youth about his experiences as a coordinator of a youth camp in South Africa, Camp Bambanani, whose mission is to inspire children and youth to be confident in their abilities to make healthy personal choices and a positive contribution to their communities by rekindling the spirit of joy, curiosity and creativity inherent in childhood, teaching and empowering, and fostering resilience and healthy coping skills. He also spoke about his more than 20 years with Outward Bound in Kenya and South Africa.
“I had a wonderful and inspiring experience at Atlantykron. It was more than I expected! It turned out to be an immense and deeply personal journey for me. I have had time to reflect and have come to the realization that the experience on the Island helped to re-define who I am and to my surprise, revealed what my core purpose is.

I was overwhelmed by the warmth, kindness, friendliness and generosity of all that I met. I was honored to be amongst such highly intelligent people yet so humble. It was encouraging to see young and old engrossed actively in the sessions. I have not stopped talking about my experience since I came back. Once again, thank you very much for the opportunity and I look forward to my next visit to that special Island in Capidova… and meeting old and new friends,” said Naftaly.

Naftaly Ngugi was also the recipient of the Life Time of Hope Award in 2011. This award is dedicated to recognize those who are making a difference and creating opportunity in the lives of youth. “It was great to have Naftaly attend the academy. He added so much to the program for the youth and we look forward to more opportunities in the future,” said Sorin Repanovici, Atlantykron coordinator and co-founder of World Genesis Foundation.

The World Genesis Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that was founded on November 30, 1999 and is dedicated to a vision and mission to "leave no child without hope for the future." Headquartered in Santa Fe, NM USA, the foundation supports activities worldwide to create educational, scientific and cultural opportunities for youth with a special focus in areas of the world where these opportunities are limited or do not exist.


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