The African Alliance of YMCAs was founded in 1977, during a two- day conference held in Kenya Nairobi from 18 – 20 March. As a continent with different countries, cultural backgrounds, rich diversity and religious affiliations, it was of important noting and understanding that unity did not represent uniformity. Each African YMCA represented the diversity as well as different challenges existing within each country. The purpose of the umbrella body would therefore be to strengthen the sense of unity and co-operation between the national YMCAs of our great continent.
History archives clearly express the excitement in the establishment of the African Alliance of YMCAs. 40 years later… and the strength of Africa YMCAs unity is reflected in a journey showing Harambee still. Pulling together, moving forward as a unified movement. As a leading Pan-African youth development movement that unites YMCAs in 24 countries in Africa, to promote cooperation within the continent and the worldwide YMCA family, core elements of the work carried out include:
• Youth Civic competence development through the Subject 2 Citizen Model
• Economic Renaissance
• Transformative Masculinity
• Youth Justice
In celebrating this our 40th milestone birthday, we honor the invaluable leadership of our former General Secretaries for their service, leadership and contributions to the AAYMCA.
Presentations to former AAYMCA General Secretaries included:
• The Late Mr Mr Joel Kinagwi, ( AAYMCA GS Service: 1985 – 1990)
• Mr Sam E Nyame (AAYMCA GS Service: 1990 – 1995)
• The Honourable James FB Gomez (AAYMCA GS Service: 1995 – 2006)
We continue to celebrate our birthday with events, stakeholder engagements and various activities for the next 40 days. Join us!