The CYNESA team in Kenya was in the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay from July 28-31 2018, with a mission to meet young people and share the messages of Laudato Si and care for creation. The team members visiting Homa Bay were David Munene, Hellen Mugo and Celestine Otieno.
On Saturday July 28, 2018 the team visited the Emmaus Catholic Church, Rongo Parish where it found the youth working in their shamba close to the church. The youth group engages in crop farming and is currently growing maize and vegetables. The CYNESA team joined the youth in harvesting maize at the shamba. They lauded the youth for the farming project which is not only an income generating and team building project but also a practical way of living Laudato Si. The youth also have a little forest at the church, aptly named ‘Laudato Si’. Fr. Felix Ochieng, the parish priest and his colleague Fr. Raymond Oloo were very welcoming to CYNESA and encouraged the team to establish sustainable engagement with the youth.
On Sunday, July 29, 2018 the CYNESA team had a workshop with the Emmaus church youth group. During the workshop Hellen introduced CYNESA and its work in addressing the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation to the group. She also shared what young people could do to address these challenges from a faith perspective.
CYNESA will continue to engage the Rongo youth especially through art like drama and music which the youth group is passionate about, being one of the best Catholic youth groups in drama in Kenya. Celestine, as a young person from Homa Bay diocese encouraged the youth to take action in addressing environmental challenges in their region and to take advantage of any opportunities that come their way, including training on environmental matters.
The CYNESA team also visited Rakwaro Parish to meet Father James and Father Richard and discuss possible engagement with the youth at their parish. Fr. Richard invited CYNESA to engage the youth during a deanery youth seminar to be held from August 23 to August 29, 2018 at Rakwaro.
On July 31, 2018 the CYNESA team accompanied Fr. Charles Odira to a meeting with His Lordship Philip Anyolo, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay at his office in Homa Bay. Fr. Odira introduced the CYNESA team and their work to Bishop Anyolo who is also chair of the Kenya Council of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Anyolo inquired more on the work of CYNESA from the team and encouraged CYNESA to keep up its work and keep visiting catholic dioceses to share the message of Laudato Si and care for creation.
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