• Engaging with Global Partners
  • Tuokoe Tembo Wetu
  • Walk For Elephants - Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Our Story

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.

Youth Day and Laudato Si in Cape Town - CYNESA 2017

Youth Day and Laudato Si in Cape Town

Just a day after ‘Youth Day’, the Jesuit Social Apostolate and the Youth of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nyanga, organized a workshop with the theme “Young People, It’s Time to Take Care of Our Common Home”, which CYNESA was honored to facilitate. This year, South Africans commemorated the 41st Anniversary…

CYNESA DRC - Ecology Apostolate

Ecological Apostolate of CYNESA Youth in the Bukavu Hospitals

The sacrament of confirmation seals the green card of Christian mission. In the image of the apostles, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ in bearing fruit. Every Christian is invited to bring about the world to believing the word of God, and incarnate the life of Christ in…


Apostolat Ecologique des Jeunes CYNESA Auprès des Malades

Le sacrement de confirmation scelle la feuille verte de la mission des chrétiens. Chaque chrétien, à l’image des apôtres, forts symboles de cette mission, est appelé de l’encrer davantage en lui afin qu’elle produise des fruits : amener plus de monde à croire à la parole, à recentrer Jésus dans sa…

CYNESA team with Fr Msafiri

The Marangu Experience

“Caring for creation” is a short phrase with deep meaning. It is not possible to achieve by just caring for the environment as an individual, but also sharing this knowledge. Only through sharing with others, will we be able to raise more awareness hence cause a more positive impact on…

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