A delegation of six representing the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) met with Dr. Enock Sakala of the University of Zambia (UNZA) during the afternoon hours of Thursday, 11th June 2015 at his office in Lusaka, Zambia.
The rationale behind the meeting majored on exploring avenues through which CYNESA Zambia would overcome challenges of establishing itself as a formidable force comprising of young people in executing CYNESA’s mission in Zambia and beyond with the help of Dr. Sakala and the CYNESA headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Sakala described CYNESA, its mission and objectives as a big and good dream, pointing out that God uses individuals to spread his work through networks. On the other hand, Dr. Sakala stated that his personal challenge after the meeting rested on helping CYNESA to develop and spread through Africa. Further, he advocated for clear documentation of CYNESA’s objectives and documentation on how we make sense of ecological issues across different local contexts.
Dr. Sakala suggested the strengthening of the CYNESA headquarters in Nairobi to enhance organizational growth across Africa. He also urged the team to remain focused and grow the network through discipleship as Christ Himself did. Additionally, ecumenical cooperation with all faiths across the entire CYNESA chapters was reiterated, as environmental stewardship knows no boundaries defined by man in terms of religion, creed, nationality, or otherwise.
On his part, Dr. Sakala expressed commitment towards helping CYNESA link up with people of goodwill including Bishops and political leaders in Zambia and across the globe. This tied in with the idea of registering CYNESA as an international NGO in Kenya to ensure ease of incorporation of other chapters in Africa. Furthermore, CYNESA core teams in their respective countries support the Country Director yet take action in their respective local areas in line with one of CYNESA’s cogs and areas of operation. CYNESA’s cogs include formation, education and awareness creation, networking and advocacy training, and encouragement and support of concrete action plans at local levels.
The delegation meeting with Dr. Sakala comprised of Allen Ottaro (Founding Executive Director, CYNESA) David Munene (CYNESA Programs Manager), Agness Shikabi (CYNESA Zambia’s Country Director), Kelly Ngeti (Core Team Member, CYNESA Kenya), Lilian Samson (Core Team Member, CYNESA Tanzania), and Sibeso Mwambu (Core Team Member, CYNESA Zambia). In line with CYNESA’s networking and advocacy training as well as formation, education and awareness creation, the first five individuals in order of listing was in Lusaka, Zambia for the second round of the Faith Leaders Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) organized by the Southern African Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) from 8th to 10th June, 2015 where Dr. Sakala was facilitating a session.
David Munene is the Programs Manager at the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA)