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.
St. Martin de Porres Youth in Soweto Pedge Laudato Si’ Action
The youth of St. Martin de Porres parish, Soweto and the Jesuit Social Apostolate of South Africa, joined forces to organize a dialogue and discussion on The Care Of Our Common Home. The workshop that took place on the 30th of September at St. Martin de Porres church, in Orlando…
Ugandan Faith Leaders Acquire Environmental Advocacy Skills
The Southern Africa Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) brought together close to 30 faith leaders from multi-faith communities at Esella Country Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, to equip them with eco-justice advocacy skills through the Faith Leaders Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT). Represented by its Programs manager, David Ngigi Munene, the Catholic…
Loyola CYNESA Hosts Wildlife Conservation Workshop
‘Young people engaging in wildlife conservation today for a better tomorrow’, was the rallying call at a workshop that CYNESA hosted for students of Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop’s main aim was to facilitate interaction with the youth on their role in wildlife conservation in…
Faith that Does Justice
Jesuits and their collaborators gathered in Nairobi, for training on the ‘Characteristics of Jesuit Social Apostolate’, September 10th to 14th, at the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). Organized by the Jesuit Africa Social Centres Network (JASCNET), the training of trainers focused on reflections on what social…