"Para que todos

             seamos uno."

Juan 17:21

History of the YMCA Costa Rica

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In 1844 twelve young men led by George Williams founded the first YMCA in London, England. Their objective was the “improvement of the spiritual condition of the young men engaged in houses of business, by the formation of Bible classes, family and social prayer meetings, mutual improvement societies, or any other spiritual agency.”

Together with the other founding members, George Williams wasted no time in organising YMCA branches throughout England, Scotland and Ireland. Over the next ten years, YMCA Movements also began to develop across Western Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

The idea of creating a truly global movement with an international headquarters was pioneered by Henry Dunant, Secretary of YMCA Geneva, who would later go on to found the International Committee of the Red Cross and win the first Nobel Peace Prize. Henry Dunant successfully convinced YMCA Paris to organise the first YMCA World Conference. The Conference took place in August 1855, bringing together 99 young delegates from nine countries.

The Conference adopted the Paris Basis affirming the YMCA’s mission and purpose, and created the Central International Committee. The Committee operated without a headquarters until 1878, when a permanent headquarters and formal structure for the Committee was created in Geneva, Switzerland. This was a turning point for the Central International Committee that would eventually become known as the World Alliance of YMCAs.

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"That we all                    
          may be one
"

                John 17:21


The YMCA reached Costa Rica in Juny 1975 with the objective of working in diferent programs of community development and education. For this reason the YMCA started to work with children, youth and adults in San José, the capital of Costa Rica.

As organisation we're using our economic incomes to finance our social proyects in the country to fight for our basic goals:
Fighting for justice and peace, defending the human rights and solidarity, supporting the personal development, escpecially of children.

The YMCA Costa Rica was working on diferent fields :
We're executing projects to help the indigenous population of Costa Rica, programs of youth leadership, agricultural production, production of handicrafts and alphabetisation.
Furthermore educational camps for refugees from El Salvador and Nicaragua and children and youth from diferent parts of Costa Rica.

In the Comunity Purral, Goicoechea we started our work in the year 1987.

" Para que Todos Seamos Uno "

del Evangelio de Juan, capítulo 17, versículo 21. 

Se refiere claramente al esfuerzo de la ACJ/YMCA de trabajar por la unidad de todos los cristianos.​ 

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