Youth apostolate is a major priority of the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The challenges facing young people in Ethiopia are immense: many face a future of poverty and unemployment and can only dream of fleeing the countryside for the capital, or even leaving the country altogether for Europe. Most do not realize beforehand the dangers, both physical and spiritual, that can result from such a decision. At the same time they too are bombarded by all the influences of the modern world, with its many false values, since today, modern media is able to penetrate into even the remotest villages. As a result, many young people lose their way and with it a healthy perspective on life and family.
To counter this, the Catholic Church is running programs for young people in all 15 parishes of the archdiocese. These programs aim to train young people as group leaders who can then work with other young people in their own locality. Most of the parishes cover a very large area, and given the sense of isolation, it is important to be able to provide as many regular activities as possible. It is above all, in the more remote and underdeveloped regions, outside of the capital, that young people have few opportunities to grow and develop. And as experience in other countries and other areas has shown, young people who are closely involved in the life of the local Church are far less likely than others to try to leave their homeland and consequently much more willing to work for a better future in their own country.
One of the most important themes addressed is the issue of marriage preparation and an integral and responsible sexual education. The programs include Bible studies, musical events and choral singing workshops. There is also plenty of space for the young people to meet and have fun together with sporting activities and games. The program also includes the chance to join in three retreat days each year, during which those involved can focus more closely on their relationship with God. Invitations are also extended especially to those young people who have not previously been actively involved in parish life.
ACN fully supports these initiatives and so we are proposing to help with a contribution of $11,400.
Will you give to support this youth apostolate in Ethiopia, so that these young people can grow and mature in the Spirit?
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