Mekelle Youth Centre

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The Mekelle Youth Centre (MYC) project was started in 2002 after the local government invited SIM to equip and operate one of the newly built youth centres in the city of Mekelle.

Mekelle is the capital of the Tigray region which borders Eritrea in northern Ethiopia. In the last 16 years, MYC has grown to provide services and activities for thousands of young people and sees over 700 people come daily to the centre.

MYC provide ESL classes, computer classes, HIV/AIDS and health education, a variety of sport programmes, a library, café, Bible club programmes and places for young people to socialise and grow together.

In recent months MYC have also begun teaching English to deaf youth, started sign language classes and begun an environmental club which seeks to engage in programmes with the wider community in the city of Mekelle. MYC provide opportunities for the young people to develop good character, learn biblical values and grow as the next generation in a rapidly changing city and country.

Please pray:

  •  For the growing number of deaf youth coming to MYC and for the staff as they seek to adapt classes to allow them to join the rest of the youth in various programmes.

  •  We have open positions for a computer teacher, HIV/AIDS coordinator, a second ESL/language teacher and a second sports co-ordinator. Pray the Lord will provide more workers.

  • For our relationships with the local community and government, that they continue to grow and develop and that they have a strong understanding about the work that MYC does.

  • For all the young people that come to MYC, that we can develop deep and solid relationships with them
  • That the youth centre continues to be a safe place for the youth to grow into young men and women.
Linda Hunt