A short history
In 1998, Dorien Beurskens and Raj A. Joseph left for Zimbabwe, with few resources and a lot of ideals. A few years earlier, Dorien and Raj had met when they both worked with Don Bosco in Kenya. Arrived in Zimbabwe they carried out a small survey to identify the dreams of youth in Zimbabwe. What are constraints that block young people from achieving their dreams? And how could YA contribute to that? They asked local people, government officials, NGOs, students at schools and universities, and the answers were the same: young people need vocational training and income generating projects. Exactly that was the direction that YA chose to follow. Dorien and Raj wrote down their vision, made an action plan and a few months later Young Africa Zimbabwe was born.

Since then, we have grown: 30,000 youths have been trained in skills for employability and entrepreneurship. Learn more about our centres. And stay in touch via our Facebook page and newsletter twice a year.

A short timeline
• 1998 Young Africa founded in the Netherlands
• 1998 Project preparations in Zimbabwe
• 1999 Entrepreneurship training and micro-credit programmes started
• 2001 Official opening of the first skills training centre in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe
• 2001 First “Young Africa Arts Festival” in Zimbabwe
• 2006 Official opening of skills training centre in Epworth
• 2006 Centres in Zimbabwe are handed over to local management
• 2006 Expansion to Mozambique
• 2007 Official opening of skills training centre in Beira, Mozambique
• 2007 Young Africa is awarded to be the best development project in the Netherlands
• 2009 Young Africa USA is founded in Chicago, United States of America
• 2012 Centre in Beira, Mozambique is handed over to local management
• 2012 Start construction of Young Africa Agri-Tech in Dondo, Mozambique
• 2013 Expansion of Young Africa to Namibia in Walvis Bay
• 2014 Official start of skills training centre in Dondo, Mozambique
• 2014 Young Africa Namibia takes over training centre in Otjiwarongo, Namibia
• 2015 Opening of our office in the Netherlands
• 2015 Opening of our HUB in Zimbabwe
• 2015 Young Africa Botswana founded
• 2016 Expansion to Zambia on its way; exploring more countries

Contact us                                               

Young Africa International - The Netherlands
Ferdinand Bolstraat 436
1072 MG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+316 822 40 226
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NL 03 ABNA 0466 782063
ANBI registration: 8068.23.598


Young Africa International - The HUB
14 Wiltshire Road
+263 242 492855
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