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The Young Men's Christian Association, commonly known as the YMCA or simply the Y, is a worldwide organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, with more than 2 billion beneficiaries from 125 national associations.
YMCA Ethiopia is a pioneer youth focused development organization in Ethiopia established in 1951 with envision for empowering young people for the renaissance of Africa. As YMCA Ethiopia is affiliated with the World Wide YMCA and African Alliance of YMCA, it shares the founding principles of Body – Mind – Sprit – which is symbolized by the time honored triangle and denotes holistic youth development approach.


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A) Holistic Approach

The YMCA brand is built on the timely honored philosophy, Body – Mind – Sprit that advocates for holistic youth development mission. This is what makes YMCA is different from many other movements. As most of our services target on specific one goal or objective, let say reduce HIV prevalence among the youth, there is a chance to miss other needs of the youth, be it educational need or economic need. Integrating life skill or character building into physical fitness services, integrate life skills in job readiness, or health promotion, is a typical example as to how YMCA address the holistic approach of body, mind sprit. This may not be achieved always given the fact that most of our source of finance is from external funding partners whose funding requirement guided by specific goal and objective. However, YMCA Ethiopia strives to integrate its services and programs to enable the youth and community benefits from the holistic intervention.

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  • YMCA Ethiopia COVID 19 Response Press Release
    YMCA Ethiopia press released towards fighting COVID -19 spread. It has finalized preparation to stand the side of government and the people and show its commitment by providing protective items directly for 3,250 households through which ten-thousands can be benefited directly and indirectly. The program will be reached many more through information, education and communication to more vulnerable population groups and individuals.

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ymca ethiopia logo webThe Young Men's Christian Association, YMCA is a worldwide organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, with more than 2 billion beneficiaries from 125 national associations.
YMCA Ethiopia is pioneer in youth development which was first established in 1951. It has over 3000 young champions, 25,000 members and over 50,000 beneficiaries.  Our vision is to empower young people for the renaissance of Africa. We strive for Reaching more than half a million children, youth and women through power space, skill development  and opportunities At Present we work in Addis Ababa, Oromya, Amhara, Sidama, Southern Nation and Nationalities, Tigraye.

Organizational Mission & Vision


Empowering young people for the African Renascence


Develop young people and the whole community for the holistic transformation in body, mind and spirit through innovative program strategies and services.