• WAY ExCom 2017

  • Thanksgiving Service- Closing Function of NCYI 125th Anniversary

  • Closing Function of NCYI 125th Anniversary

  • Mr. Saurav Ganguly at the Closing Function of NCYI 125th Anniversary

  • Closing Function of NCYI 125th Anniversary

  • Cultural show during Closing Function of NCYI 125th Anniversary

  • APAY South Asia Gender Justice and Social Transformation Workshop

Welcome to YMCA India

The YMCA Movement originally began in post-Industrial England of 19th century in London in the drapery establishment of M/s Hitchcock and Rodgers in which a young apprentice of 21, George Williams, took the initiative in organizing Bible classes in his bedroom in the nature of a mutual edification of the society which brought in a cohesive group of 12 of his co-workers from equal number of denominations of the christian church to form the Young Men’s Christian Association on June 6, 1844. The National Council of YMCAs of India was formed in Madras on February 21, 1891 through the initiative of David McConaughy. The headquarters shifted to Calcutta in May, 1902. In 1964 it shifted to New Delhi, its present location.

Current Affairs

The grand finale of the 125th Anniversary Celebrations which included the Thanksgiving Service and Public function at the St. Paul's Cathedral and the Parish Hall, respectively came off brilliantly with a large turn-out of the YMCA fraternity from across the globe interspersed with invitees and participants from host YMCA Calcutta besides other guests and invitees of the NCYI.  The Thanksgiving Service was held from 4:00 pm on April 26, 2017 in Kolkata where the Bishop of Calcutta and the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calcutta  were present besides the national leadership of the NCYI headed by the National President and Board of YMCA Calcutta and local and international invitees.  The entire National Council was adequately represented and overseas guests

and dignitaries besides participants from across the YMCA India were well looked after.  At the Public Function in the Parish Hall, former Indian Cricket Captain and President, Cricket Association of Bengal, Padma Shree Sourav Ganguly, graced the occasion as Chief-guest.  Hon'ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder of the Calcutta High Court, released the History of the last 25 years of the NCYI.  Mr. Babu Markus Gomes, President, APAY, was the Guest-of-honour on the occasion which was also attended by the President of the Sri Lanka YMCA and the General Secretary of the APAY among other notables.  Mementoes and plaques were presented to mark the occasion and a grand cultural programme preceded the dinner banquet.

 

 

 

AGM of NCY Bangladesh

Mr. R.S. Shettian, Hony. Treasurer and Mrs. Kumari Kuriakose, Chairperson, National Women's Forum, Dr. Lebi Philip Mathew, National President and myself visited Bangladesh at the invitation of the Bangladesh President, Mr. Babu Markus Gomes and attended NCY of Bangladesh AGM on April 28, 2017 at Savar National Centre.  It was good to revisit the partnership agreement that we signed between the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indian YMCAs as we reiterated our resolve to continue the strategic partnership with renewed vigour.  There was also a big reception by YMCA Bangladesh and YMCA Saver in honour of our visit while, we got the opportunity to meet the Cardinal and Archbishop of Dhaka apart from paying a courtesy call on the Christian Credit Society of Dhaka.

WAY ExCom

Dr. Lebi Philip Mathew, National President, Mr. R.S. Shettian, Hony. Treasurer and myself, attended the 73rd Executive Committee Meeting of the World Alliance of YMCAs held during March 31-April 2, 2017 in Geneva. Dr. Lebi Philip Mathew, attended the meeting as proxy in the official capacity in place of Dr. Rolland Williams, Member, WAY Executive Committee.  The major decisions, taken among others, were Search Committee strategy for searching new Secretary-General, New Strategy 2018-22, Child Safety Policy, Elections Committee for World Council Elections in 2018 and approval for Policy Papers on Employment and Civic Engagement.  It was good experience for the Officers especially to know the procedures of conducting the Executive Committee Meeting of WAY.  It was also wonderful to visit World YMCA Headquarters at 12 Clos Belmont, Geneva, and get to know the functioning of the WAY apart from visits to World Christian Council, International Red Cross and the United Nations office.