Meet the YMCA volunteers fighting disasters in Bangladesh

Y Care International’s Lizz Harrison reports from Bangladesh after travelling to the country to meet the YMCA disaster volunteer groups who are keeping their communities safe in one of the most disaster prone regions world. We know everything there is to know about youth-led disaster risk reduction…wait, no we don’t! That’s why making sure we…


Run the Royal Parks half marathon for Y Care International

Run for Y Care International and help transform the lives of marginalised and vulnerable young people in some of the poorest parts of the world. Y Care International is the only international development charity in the UK which focuses on young people, whose needs are often neglected in developing countries. We want to see a…


Guardian development blog: Senegal’s secret civil conflict

Following 32 years of violence only 38% of Casamance’s youth are in employment. Could a ceasefire change all that? A ceasefire announced on 29 April 2014 by rebel leaders in the southern Senegalese region of Casamance has renewed hopes for prosperity for its youth. The 32-year conflict has rendered thousands of young people unemployed, unskilled…


10 things you didn’t know about disasters and emergencies

Y Care International’s top ten facts that you may not know about emergencies and disaster risk reduction. 1. More than 38 million lives were disrupted by disasters in 2013 At last count, nearly 16,000 people were killed and more than 38 million lives were disrupted by disasters in 2013. Last year we Y Care International…

Why Young People?

Ely’s story: I want to find the best way to reach young people

In 2012 we teamed up with seven YMCAs and YWCAs across Africa to launch a peer to peer health project to reach 50,000 hard to reach young people, and increase their knowledge about neglected health issues.

On the two year anniversary of its launch we speak to Ely, a young health peer educator from Togo YMCA who tells us the highlights and challenges of getting health information to young people and rebuilding their trust in local health services.

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