In his welcome and speech, Tsegaye Berhe (PhD), Board Chairman of YMCA Ethiopia, explained that the objectives of the anniversary was to revitalize YMCA Ethiopia through strengthening membership, volunteerism, local resource mobilization and to share YMCA’s vision to the young generation. The special event was graced by His Excellency Mr. Erestu Yerda, Minster of Youth and Sport Ministry who, in his opening speech, congratulated AAYMCA and Ethiopia YMCA for decades of dedication in empowering the youth in Ethiopia and Africa.
Anniversary birthday messages were expressed from all over the world. The Executive Director of Ethiopia, Ato Dagmawi Selamssa, presented messages from global partners, EJW (German YMCA, US YMCA, Twin Cities, Minneapolis YMCA, Canada YMCA (British Colombia) and other local partners. Ato Yerga G/ Egziabhere presented the birthday well-wishes from the AAYMCA General Secretary, Carlos Madjri Sanvee. Visiting participants were able to view a photo exhibition showcasing the proud work of YMCA.
During the GOP meeting, Ethiopia YMCA’s presentation of the birthday poster and magazine added to the atmosphere of celebrations. The publications graciously made mention of the Africa Alliance YMCA’s 40th birthday anniversary as well.
Participants were enlightened on the work of the YMCs and its achievements with particular highlighting of the following key points in the last five years:
- YMCA recruitment of more than 19,000 members
- Reaching more than 80,000 young people through its program and services
- Training many unemployed young people in technical and vocational skill, empowering them to generate their own income.
Since the launch, Ethiopia YMCA undertook a series of commemorative activities reflecting the purpose of serving and empowerment of the youth and people of Ethiopia at large. Using these platforms to create awareness about the Y and different programmes offered. Donating to blood supplies also formed part of the social outreach activities during the celebrations.
Ethiopia YMCA Youth programmes, among others, include:
– Character building and life skill training
– Adolescent reproductive health and HIV/AIDS education
– Vocational training
– Physical fitness and sport training
– Arts, Music and Theatre training
– Ethics development education
Community development programmes includes:
• Alternative and Basic Education
• Care and Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children