The theme of this anniversary was ‘Africa unity: 40 years of youth empowerment through African YMCAs Unity’ which broadly captured the identity of YMCA movement.
To mark the event;staff, volunteers, members, stakeholders and associates from different YMCA national chapters held special services to appreciate the Lord for the last 40 years and seek God’s blessings and guidance for the next 40 years. Speaking in Ghana when he visited his predecessor Mr. Sam Nyame, the Africa YMCA General Secretary, Mr. Carlos Sanvee Madjri, appreciated the role played by different YMCA leaders in the last 40 years as he looked forward to a more successful and vibrant movement in the next 40 years. He also joined the YMCA Ghana in celebrating the 40th Anniversary.
In Kenya, the African YMCA staff and volunteers joined by over 50 students from Kenya YMCA National Training Institute (NTI), spent their time at Africa Hope Center Children Home in Kayole to reach out to the disadvantaged in the society on 27 May 2017. The students drawn from different backgrounds volunteered their time and skills in attending to children, repairing broken areas and cleaning, among others.
On Sunday 28 May, the African and Kenya YMCA staff, volunteers and members joined many congregants who attended the 09h30 service at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi. Delivering a great sermon titled ‘Commitment’ as a part of our lives, Canon Sammy Wainaina challenged the congregation to be more committed in their life callings to enhance better results. The event coincided with the Cultural Sunday at the Cathedral. Addressing the congregants, Purity Kiguatha (Africa YMCA ) noted the organization aligning its programmes with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 in the united ambition of empowering the youth for the African renaissance for the Africa we want.
Celebrations at Kenya Y, led by the KYMCA National Chairman Mr. Patrick Kaptwai and General Secretary Mr. Jared Musima, involved a joyful thanksgiving service with sharing of special birthday cake. The Cameroon YMCA marked the day on 28 May. The story of AAYMCA was shared by Eugene Mel, a Subject to Citizen (S2C) ambassador,followed by the cutting and sharing of the celebratory cake with staff, members, and volunteers.
Also joining the celebrations was the Yaounde based YMCA Local Union Nkomo who participated in the harvesting and exhibition of fish from one of their fish ponds, which is among their income generating activities and sustainability strategy.
The Niger YMCA commemorated the event with a strong message on youth empowerment at Niamey while in The Gambia, the celebrations were marked with a thanksgiving mass that was followed by cash and in-kind support to the AAY as a show of support to the movement.
In her congratulatory remarks, Faith Mandizvidza, the National General Secretary of Zimbabwe YMCA, appreciated the dedication, passion and support that the Africa YMCA leadership has extended to the national chapters. “With your commitment and sincerity, you have time- to- time proved your worth and have gained the much deserved recognition and fame. With your support, Zimbabwe YMCA has gained a lot”, she remarked.
The Liberia Y shared in birthday celebrations with an auspicious thanksgiving service on Sunday, 28 May 2017 together with church congregants.
South Sudan YMCA shared a birthday greeting of ‘May the Almighty God keep the candles of AAYMCA burning for the next 40 years”, wishing the Africa Y an enthusiastic and youthful 40 years with a football activity. This provided the opportunity to engage with the boys and youth of the community. Commemorating the true spirit of empowering youth together.
Ethiopia YMCA had double celebrations this year, as the national chapter turned 70 in March and graciously shared their platform, including the AAYMCA’s 40th anniversary in their marked events and commemoration.
We are thankful for the all the anniversary messages shared from our mother continent and across the world with our valued partners.
We remain grateful to the national movements across Africa that have continually walked the journey towards African Renaissance with us. We are also grateful to God for granting us peace and unity in the last 40 years, as we look forward to more impacts and successes in the next 40 years! God bless us!
Together we say Thank you! Merci! Asante! Akpe ka ka! Dioka ndjiale! Tatenda! Tinotenda! Enkosi kakhulu! Siyahamba! ngiyabonga! Āmeseginalehu! Enkosi! Me daa si! Misaotra
Source: Kennedy Wahome