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.
Laudato Si Workshop at Rongo University
Rongo University College is one of the public universities in Homabay County. It offers diversified courses inclusive of environmental studies. Many young people do not understand the implications of environmental studies to the needs and interests of their local communities. Environmental problems have become increasingly difficult to understand and evaluate…
Visit to Kakamega Diocese
Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) on appointment visited Bishop Joseph Obanyi of the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega Diocese on third of August, 2018. Led by CYNESA’s Founding Executive Director Allen Ottaro, the Programs Manager David Munene, Hellen Mugo and Celestine Otieno of the CYNESA secretariat. The…
Lomami, a Tourist Park in the Heart of the DR Congo
This year, young people from CYNESA-DR Congo focused their actions and researches on the discovery and highlighting of some National Parks of the DR Congo to make them more accessible to the general public. Two National Parks’ Managers have offered this opportunity to them through a three month internship training….
CYNESA Meets the Bishop of Homabay Diocese in Effort to Promote Laudato Si
“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (Laudato Si’ 13). In living the appeal by Pope Francis I “to bring the whole human family together”,…