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Annual report 2016


Thank you for your continued support.

Dear Friends,

With this edition of our e-newsletter, we are happy to present our annual report for 2016. We hope it  provides you with a good overview of our efforts. We look forward to your feedback and suggestions.

In the last few weeks, our secretariat has been a beehive of activities. During the month of June, I had the opportunity to witness the launch of our 8th chapter – CYNESA South Africa – in Johannesburg. With the support of the Justice and Peace, and Youth departments of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, our team is picking up and joining in our mission at CYNESA. These conversations, planning and actions are going on all across our network. Early in July, our team in Mombasa gathered over 40 women faith leaders – all from different faiths – with whom we worked to develop action plans on solid waste management in the coastal county of Mombasa. I was back on the road soon after, to meet with our teams in the CYNESA Rwanda and CYNESA Democratic Republic of Congo chapters. Even with the diversity of language (I hardly speak French!), I was greatly inspired by the dedication and commitment that young people in the Great Lakes region have in caring for creation.

In the meantime, our advocacy work and engagement with environmental policy processes at the regional continued – with the participation of our Programs Manager, David Munene, at the 16th ordinary session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), in Gabon.

We share with you our efforts as young Catholics in Africa, caring for creation, and look forward to your continued support, through which we are able to serve our communities on the Africa continent.

Allen Ottaro,
Founding Executive Director, 
Insights from a Young Muslim Faith Leader
Insights from a Young, Muslim Faith Leader
My Experience at the CYNESA Multi-Faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training on Proper Waste Management in Mombasa, Kenya: “Living in a county where the girl child is marginalized, it’s the little things that we can do that create a huge impact in their lives.”
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Multi-faith Women Leaders Advocacy Training
Multi-faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training #UnbottleMyEvent
The Multi-Faith Women Leaders’ Advocacy Training On Proper Waste Management In Mombasa County-Kenya.
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Besides being an opportunity to sensitise, create awareness and educate, the training was also the first event to commence the #UnbottleMyEvent campaign.
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On the Feast Day of St. Ignatius, CYNESA Honours Our “Eco-Jesuits”
Role of Youth in Environmental Conservation and Living Laudato Si: CYNESA Rwanda Training.
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What better day to acknowledge the role of “Eco-Jesuits”, in our CYNESA story, than on the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola!.
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ICCB Awards
The Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group (RCBWG), of the Society for Conservation Biology presented the inaugural Assisi Award, at the 28th International Congress of Conservation Biology in Cartagena, Colombia.

Ms. Tebello Rampo
Country Director, CYNESA South Africa.

Tebello begun her activism in the Catholic Church with the ministry called Justice and Peace. Her formation has always been grounded in the social teachings of the Church. After studying Transcendental Meditation from Maharishi Institute, she found it appealing to join the green environmental movement in 2011 at the height of the UN Climate negotiations, COP17 which was hosted in Durban, South Africa. Her mobilisation ability was traced to communities affected most by the impact of climate change after being introduced to Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, the organization she currently works for. During 5 years of volunteering her experience of green consciousness expanded.. 

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