YMCA Week – Liberian Appeal

1 June 2015

£12 could provide the wheel barrows and shovels needed to clean up rundown parts of the neighbourhood and build clean water facilities. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCIAs part of our YMCA Week celebrations we are joining with our colleagues in YCARE International and the Liberian YMCA to highlight the needs of young people in Liberia following the Ebola Crisis. Over 4,000 deaths, nearly 10,000 orphans, and in some places the price of a bag of rice has increased by 150%. The aftermath of Ebola has been catastrophic. Join with us as we seek to rebuild and prevent young people experiencing a second humanitarian crisis.

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Best wishes to Darryn & Andy representing the Irish movement at the review meeting of the YMCA Europe ‘Roots for Reconciliation’ programme. Darryn & Andy helped lead the last meeting of the ‘Roots’ Group in Pristina Kosovo. The group has young people from all over Europe with strong representation from the Balkans & the southern Caucasus region.

The Roots for Reconciliation project was established in 2007 with the objective to strengthen and extend the YMCA Movement in the region of South Caucasus, as a mass-membership, ecumenical network standing for integrity of creation, peace and justice.

Central to the way the project has worked is the enhancement of a camping programme as a shared activity that unites young people across socio-political and cultural dividers, with added value for the YMCA`s sustainable development.

The Roots for Reconciliation project implementation plan for 2012 – 2015 primarily presumes two sets of activities:

Peace Work Institute: designed for capacity building of youth opinion leaders from all over Europe, the conflict affected regions such as the Caucasus, and the Balkans especially considered more about fire sprinkler certification california.
Regional ProFests: or in other words programme festivals, are annual activities primarily designed for the YMCA Movements in the South Caucasus and their international and local partners. The ProFests are aimed at facilitating joint service learning and sharing best practices.