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African Youth United in Mission

Founders of the AYUM youth network (photos: UEM/Africa)

From 20th to 22st January 2019, thirteen (13) Youth Leaders from 13 UEM member churches met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The meeting aims firstly, at evaluating how far the recommendations of the Afra 2017 especially those proposed by youth pre-assembly have been implemented. Secondly, it also aims at initiating the African Youth Network which will help youth to share their experience and talents despite the distance that separate them. The meeting was organized by UEM Africa regional office and invited participants from the following churches: CBCA, EPR, EAR, ELCT/KAD, ELCT/NWD, ELCT/ECD, ELCT/ NED, ELCB, ELCRN, ECC and RCSA.  All participants had time to report and share experience related to youth Income generating activities (Entrepreneurship projects) as done in their respective member churches.

In his words of introduction and opening the meeting, the UEM program officer in the regional office reminded the participants how far the implementation regarding the 2017 AfRA recommendations don by UEM. He mentioned various supports to member churches, trainings and workshops for youth in relation to entrepreneurship. At the end of the workshop, it was realized that they successful stories of youth’s income generating activities. These include: dairy goats and cow production (multiplication method), fruit tree nursery project, poultry production project, vegetable and fruits production, embroidery project, fish and rabbit production project, soap making project.

Despite the remarkable success, some challenges were mentioned:

  • Insufficient funds to establish youth projects
  • Communication gap between youth in rural and urban areas
  • Lack of awareness on life skills regarding entrepreneurship

In response to the above mentioned issues, the following recommendations were stated:

  • Member churches continue to support and involve youth in income generating activities
  • The existing projects in member churches must be supervised and monitored to ensure they generate income to youth and church development
  • Youth leaders should share youth projects progress reports with UEM regional office
  • UEM continues to support youth small entrepreneurial projects

As stated earlier in the objectives of the meeting, a network of the youth was needed. Therefore, youth leaders established a Youth network named as African Youth United in Mission (AYUM). This network will unite youth in Africa region and facilitate them to share talents, resources and connect them together irrespective their distance and diversities in member churches. It will be led by a team of five youth leaders who will also work on the document that will explain how the network will work.


  • Youth Coordinator – Marcel Sebahire, EAR, Rwanda
  • Vice Youth Coordinator – Daniel Lukas, ELCRN, Namibia
  • Secretary – Paulin Mugisho, CBCA, DR Congo
  • PR Officer – Aron Twinomkama, ELCT-NWD, Tanzania
  • Member – Carin Libango, CDCC, DR Congo
  • Extra 7 members of the M&E advisors (1 from each member country) to be nominated later
  • UEM focal person as ex-officio

 By Zakaria Mnkai-Program Officer, UEM

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