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Dear Friends,

On behalf of the entire CYNESA team, I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas season and a most fulfilling new year!

Thank you for your support all through 2019, the year of our 5th anniversary. Your support, prayers and warm wishes, especially during our Laudato Si’ conference, July 15th to 16th, were greatly appreciated and received. We cannot wait to build on the foundations you have helped us lay these past 5 years-and to look to the next 5 with great hope, hard work and commitment to care for our common home.

A lot remains to be done. Southern Africa is experiencing the worst drought in a decade. You may have seen photos of the Victoria Falls drying up in recent weeks, leaving many families facing the danger of famine, and hundreds of domestic animals and wildlife dead. In Eastern Africa, many communities are reeling from weeks of severe flooding after torrential rains. While these events unfolded, governments were unable to make any meaningful at the COP25 UN Climate in Madrid. But we cannot give up. We are people of hope.

Let us rededicate ourselves to the task ahead, and may Christ be born in our hearts and lives, and strengthen us in our care for all of creation. Merry Christmas and Happy 2020!

Allen Ottaro,
Founding Executive Director,
CYNESA.
Read: Our Conference Report of The 4th Anniversary of Laudato Si and 5th Anniversary of CYNESA.
FEATURED BLOGS
CYNESA at the Southern African Faith Communities’ Faith Policy Conference:
Faith leaders develop a policy on the role of faith communities in seeking an environmentally sustainable future across the Southern African region and the continent. 
By: David N. Munene.
Young People Feature Predominantly at the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the AMCEN:
The meeting referenced the youth and youthfulness of the African continent and the need for young people to take lead on environmental action.
By: David N. Munene.
First Open Ended Working Group on the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework:
The meeting was an opportunity for the international community to evaluate successes that have been achieved under the convention for biological diversity as well as to learn from its impediments.
By: Alphonce Munyao Muia.
Catholic Institution in Zimbabwe Embraces Biodiversity: 
Bondolfi Teachers’ College has embraced biodiversity in their prospectus which seeks solutions to socio and economic problems by implementing novel and unique ways to tap and utilize local natural resources.
By: Tatenda Mqetu.
Watch: Ethical Consumption - Allen Ottaro. 
Care and Creation Series by the Providence Diocese at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Oct 2019.
CYNESA offers the platform through which young Catholics across Africa, respond to the twin challenges of Environmental Degradation and Climate Change, from the perspective of Catholic social teaching on care for creation, paying attention to the most vulnerable.
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