National Council of YMCAs Ireland

Organisation Name: National Council of YMCAs Ireland

Description of Work in DE

The YMCA is one of the oldest and largest Movements for youth in the world. Founded in 1844, it now operates in 119 countries, and reaching 58 million people. The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture. Within YMCA Ireland's Strategic Plan, the emphasis is on ensuring that global or development education activities are embedded in every aspect of the work of the YMCA at a local level and that it should involve all stakeholders from management volunteers, staff, young people and the local communities within which YMCAs operate. As part of this international movement, YMCA Ireland seeks to both learn from peers in other countries. In partnership with Y CARE International, the YMCA seeks to develop sustainable partnerships with YMCAs in the Global South. Example of an International Partnership: For the past number of years there has been a partnership between the Irish YMCA and the Zambian YMCA. One of the strands to this relationship was the Lusaka Street Children Project where the Zambian YMCA was actively involved in meeting the educational, medical and health needs of some of the most marginalised young people in Lusaka. This project was partly funded by Irish Aid and fundraising by local YMCAs throughout the island.


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