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.
Spreading Wings to the South
A CYNESA Tanzania team visited the Archdiocese of Songea, located in the Ruvuma region, southwestern part of Tanzania. CYNESA Tanzania primarily has its presence in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and the visit to Songea provided the opportunity for the chapter to spread her wings to the south of…
Fr. Katongole Visits the CYNESA Secretariat
Receiving visitors is always a blessing. For the CYNESA Secretariat, our blessing came through Fr. Emmanuel Katongole, who on February 19th, spent an entire afternoon at our Nairobi office. Fr. Katongole, a Ugandan priest who currently serves as an Associate Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the University of…
Children and Youth at the Discourse of the Highest-Level Decision Making Body on the Environment– A UNEA3 Dissection
During its third session, the highest level decision making body on the environment, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA3), gave the child and the youth an early, rare Christmas gift – that of growing space at the table of global environment discourse. At the leadership dialogue, David Munene – Programs Manager at…
“You Can Make a Difference!” – Apostolic Nuncio tells CYNESA Summit 2017
The Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Charles Balvo, urged delegates at the CYNESA Summit 2017, to “go out and proclaim the Good News, not only the Good News of the Gospel, but the good news that you can make a difference!”