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.
The Multi-Faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training On Proper Waste Management In Mombasa County-Kenya.
CYNESA held a training workshop on proper waste management between July 1st and July 2nd, 2017, at the Reef Hotel in Mombasa. The training brought together about forty women leaders drawn from different faiths including Christians, Muslims and Brahma Kumaris. A number of speakers facilitated sessions covering different aspects of…
CYNESA Leads Africa into an Ecological Conversion: #UnbottleMyEvent
The Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA), supported by the Global Greengrants Fund, brought together 40 women faith leaders from diverse faiths and backgrounds to a two-day advocacy training on proper waste management and disposal. Besides being an opportunity to sensitise, create awareness and educate the multi-faith women leaders in Mombasa…
On the Feast Day of St. Ignatius, CYNESA Honours Our “Eco-Jesuits”
What better day to acknowledge the role of “Eco-Jesuits”, in our CYNESA story, than on the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola! A few years ago, in 2012 to be specific, a group of young Catholics were thinking about setting up a platform, through which they could learn more about Catholic…
Insights from a Young, Muslim Faith Leader: My Experience at the CYNESA Multi-Faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training on Proper Waste Management in Mombasa, Kenya.
“Living in a county where the girl child is marginalized, it’s the little things that we can do to create a huge impact in their lives.” My name is Doll Osman Abdi and I am a young Muslim girl from Mombasa County’s Changamwe Sub-County. I participated at the Multi-Faith Women…