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African Youth News: 21 November 2014
Last week the Madagascar YMCA killed three birds with one stone. They celebrated their 90th Anniversary; they held their Ordinary General meeting with a successful election of a new board; and they organised the YFest: YMCA Foire Economique, Sociale et Technologique (YMCA Social Economic and Technological Fair). These three combined events took place in the centre of Antananarivo. Key youth development actors including politicians and private sector participants were present and young people from around the country exhibited their work and productions. Service providers such as IT Companies, HR companies and National Revenue authorities also participated and consulted with young exhibitionists and visitors. The YMCA itself displayed its activities and hosted a booth to recruit new members.
About 500 people per day attended the 3 day event and the YMCA was clearly profiled as a key actor for youth economic empowerment. Through all the euphoria of these events, with youth and the authorities singing the YMCAs’ praises, I remember where the Madagascar YMCA was 6 to 8 years ago. It was the “Little Thumb.” I recall the institutional diagnosis we did and my reaction which Nirina, the General Secretary, reminded me of. I was so down and said it would take ages to get the movement on track. But, they are now there and are very innovative! Despite the challenges of a GOP process and thanks to good leadership and good governance, they have made it. Thanks also, as Nirina rightly put it, to the trust in the direction provided by the Alliance. The Fair was built on the Economic Renaissance model and the youth involved are now taking back control of their destiny.
I salute the Madagascar YMCA, its leaders and the young people who believe in themselves.
The Renaissance in happening.
Carlos Sanvee, General Secretary, AAYMCA
Célébration du 90ème anniversaire de l’YMCA Madagascar
« Inspirer – Célébrer – vivre la renaissance », c’était sous un tel slogan que YMCA Madagascar a célébré ces 90ème anniversaire le 13-14 et 15 Novembre dernier
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Liberia YMCA meets with Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties to discuss Ebola
The Liberia YMCA’s Civil Society and Media Leadership Programme (CSML), in partnership with IREX, recently held a community leaders’ forum in Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
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