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Soul of Nations Foundation Holds First Virtual Exchange/Orientation for the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project

KIGALI, RWANDA — April 3, 2020
Today, the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project cohort participated in the first virtual exchange/orientation. During the Zoom call, both U.S. and Rwandan participants introduced themselves and participated in an icebreaker where every participant was asked to bring an object that reminds them of the concept of Participants also met Soul of Nations Foundation project coordinator, Ernest Hill; U.S. Embassy Kigali representative, Claudine Neshimwe; and the project’s lead artist mentor, Nanibah Chacon.
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