The Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs
The Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs is a regional alliance of the Young Men's Christians Association in the Asia and Pacific. Following the inverted triangle approach in the holistic development of a person, the APAY seeks to develop the Mind, Body and Spirit of an individual. It aims to empower the youth and through its programs, it aspires to develop the community.
The APAY is composed of twenty-four (24) states and territories sharing the same mission as stated in the Paris Basis.
The Young Men's Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be His disciples in their doctrine and in their life, and to associate their efforts for the extension of His Kingdom amongst young men.
formulated at the First World Conference of YMCAs held in Paris in 1855
The Paris Basis has been interpreted in 1973 at the World Council held in Kampala, Africa which is known as Kampala Principles. At the 4th World Council of YMCAs in 1998 in Frechen, Germany, the Kampala Principle evolved into what is now known as the Challenge 21.
Affirming the Paris Basis adopted in 1855, as the ongoing foundation statement of the mission of the YMCA, at the threshold of the third millennium, we declare that the YMCA is a world-wide Christian, ecumenical, voluntary movement for women and men with special emphasis on and the genuine involvement of young people and that it seeks to share the Christian ideal of building a human community of justice with love, peace and reconciliation for the fullness of life and creation.
Each member YMCA is therefore called to focus on certain challenges, which will be prioritised according to its own context. These challenges which are an evolution of the Kampala Principles adopted in 1973, include:
- Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and striving for spiritual, intellectual and physical well being of individuals and wholeness of communities.
- Empowering all, especially young people and women to take increased responsibilities and assume leadership at all levels and working towards an equitable society.
- Advocating for and promoting the rights of women and upholding the rights of children.
- Fostering dialogue and partnership between people of different faiths and ideologies and recognising the cultural identities of people and promoting cultural renewal.
- Committing to work in solidarity with the poor, dispossessed, uprooted people and oppressed racial, religious and ethnic minorities.
- Seeking to be mediators and reconcilers in situations in situations of conflict and working for meaningful participation and advancement of people for their self-determination.
- Defending God's creation against all that would destroy it and preserving and protecting the earth's resources for coming generations.
To face these challenges, the YMCA will develop patterns of co-operation at all levels that enable self-sustenance and self-determination.