Inspired by St. Pope John Paul II’s 1990 message for World Day of Peace, in which he called for the need to upscale ecological awareness and to find fitting expression in concrete programs and initiatives, young Catholics from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and South Africa, drawn from and representing university chaplaincies and parish groups, joined up to respond to this invitation, and to set up the Africa-wide Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) in January 2012. CYNESA is - the platform for all young Catholics in Africa, promoting responsible stewardship of the environment!
Education and Awareness Creation
CYNESA is preparing a youth toolkit on climate change that draws from scripture, Ignatian Spirituality, scientific research and Catholic social teaching.
Networking and Advocacy Training
We seek to establish and build relationships with like-minded partners, train young Catholics in advocacy on environmental sustainability, and link different initiatives on the continent.
Encouraging and Supporting Local Action Plans
We endeavor to encourage young people to act in their parishes, schools and within their youth movements by developing appropriate sustainable practices to conserve resources.
CYNESA South Africa Team Meets with Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Creecy
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Fisheries and Forestry of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Barbara Creecy, held a consultative meeting with young leaders, and engaged in an interactive dialogue on a wide range of environmental issues. The event, held on February 27th at the Aviator Hotel in Kempton Park, Johannesburg,…
Environmental Protection and Youth Engagement in the Digital Age
The CYNESA Democratic Republic of Congo chapter brought together 28 young people from the Espace Etudiants at the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation Africaine in Bukavu, South Kivu for a conference themed, “Environmental Protection and Youth Engagement in the Digital Age”, on November 9th 2019. Didier Mugalihya, CYNESA DRC Country…
CYNESA ED Speaks at Diocese of Providence’s Care for Creation Series
The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Providence, in Rhode Island, USA, organized several events as part of the Diocese’s Care for Creation series, in October 2019. Under the leadership of Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, the forums invited participants to develop authentic Catholic responses to some of the…
Introducing Mario Obiora: A Green faith and justice advocate
One of our inspirational and favorite moments of 2019 was the encounter between our Executive Director, and Mario Obiora, a student at St. Francis Catholic Secondary School (SFCSS), Idimu, a Catholic school run by the North-West African Province of the Society of Jesus. During a visit to Lagos in May…
“The Church and the Pope Need your Work”, Pope Francis tells Catholic Inspired NGOs
“The Church and the Pope need your work, your commitment and your witness at the frontiers of the international community”, said Pope Francis in his address when he received in private audience participants in the Forum of Catholic Inspired Non-Governmental organizations, on December 7th 2019, at the conclusion of the Forum’s…