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.
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…
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…
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…