We believe that our impact in the community extends beyond our borders—we’re a part of the global community of YMCAs in over 120 countries worldwide.
Since 2004, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver has been in partnership with the YMCAs across British Columbia to support the work of the YMCA of Ethiopia in HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Youth leaders are trained in HIV education and prevention and are mandated to provide training to peers and parents in schools and through recreation and sports activities. More than 25,000 young people and parents have been reached to date through this program.
Through generous contributions to our YMCA Annual Campaign, our YMCA and the other YMCA associations in BC are also supporting other programs and initiatives that:
- Provide library and school supplies for kids in the YMCA Elementary School for children from impoverished families and those impacted by HIV/AIDS
- Support tutorial programs for kids who are struggling in school
- Provide supplies and equipment for sports, recreation and cultural programs for kids
With the support of the Chilliwack Rotary Club, the YMCAs of BC were able to fully equip two YMCA branches in Ethiopia by sending full containers of sporting and program equipment and supplies.
YMCAs in BC also fund country exchanges between the leadership of the Ethiopian YMCA and the BC YMCAs. Every year, BC leaders have been invited to participate in the Ethiopian’s planning process and every few years we invite Ethiopia leaders to Canada in conjunction with other events such as International YMCA Conferences. On site visits to Ethopia, Canadian visitors have bought with them office, school program and sport resources and equipment.
Government funding has also helped make it possible for youth from Ethiopia to participate in YMCA Youth Peace Network.
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