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E Newsletter ~ March Edition

Dear <<First name, Last name>>,

The month of March is always an exciting one, and this year's has been no different. Key events on the International calendar- World Wildlife Day, Africa Environment/Wangari Maathai Day, International Women's Day, are just some of the main dates marked in March. This year's World Wildlife Day (3rd March), under the theme "Listen to the young voices", seeks to engage and empower youth in wildlife conservation, recognizing the role youth are playing in taking care of our common heritage.

At CYNESA, we do not tire at exploring how we can deepen our involvement in caring for our common home- including wildlife. We hope that through our work, we can continue to demonstrate the importance of "listening to the young people", not only in wildlife conservation issues, but in other areas of caring for our common home. 

I hope this e-newsletter serves the objective of facilitating the intra and inter-generational dialogue, that Pope Francis calls for in the encyclical Laudato Si', as we listen to the young voices, the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, and to each other. Lenten blessings from all of us at CYNESA.

Allen Ottaro,
Founding Executive Director,

Drought and Famine in East Africa
News reports in Kenya have in recent months been dominated by stories documenting the effects of drought and famine. These effects, according to the UN Environment, “are being felt all across the east coast of Africa – from Ethiopia, where failed rains have affected 80% of the country’s crops, to South Sudan, which has already become the first country in five years to declare an official famine”. Read Full Story...
International Engagements
We are proud to call Africa home. The nature of our mission, however, makes it imperative for us to engage with global partners. There has been plenty of action on this front in the last few months. Read more...
Floods in Zimbabwe
This season, Zimbabwe has experienced excessive amounts of rain that have unfortunately led to floods, devastating the country. 246 people have lost their lives with about 2000 homes destroyed- a national state of disaster thus declared. Read Full Story...
UN Secretary General in Nairobi
The United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, made a brief appearance at the UN Environment’s 4th annual subcommittee meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives on 8th March 2017, at which CYNESA was represented. Read Full Story...

The CIDSE Campaign “Change for the Planet - Care for the People” invites you to participate in their first International Photo Competition “Inspire change through your lens”  in the framework of the CIDSE Joint Action Campaign Change for the Planet – Care for the People,  
highly inspired by messages of Pope’s Francis Encyclical Laudato Si’.
The competition closes on April 23rd. For information to join, click here.
CIDSE is an International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies.


CYNESA Mission is to offer 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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