The youth apostolate is a major priority for the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The challenges that the young people of Ethiopia face are immense: they are all but promised poverty and unemployment; they are negatively influenced by media that reaches even the most distant villages. They dream of fleeing to Europe but do not understand the consequences of leaving home.
The Institute for Philosophy and Theology run by the Capuchin Fathers in Addis Abeba is the only Catholic higher educational institution in central and southern Ethiopia. All the dioceses and all the religious communities in this country of Eastern Africa send their seminarians for their studies there.
To provide formation for these new catechists, the parish needs suitable teaching materials, including books, Bibles, instructional videos and related equipment for replaying and projecting films, etc. In addition, each catechist is to be provided with an alb to wear when leading the Liturgies of the Word.