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.
Founding Executive Director, CYNESA.