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IYCW Revitalizing the International Cardijn Foundation PDF Print E-mail

A Foundation to Serve the Present and Future Generations of Young Workers


On Sunday 20th October 2013, the International Secretariat team held a meeting in its office as a step forward in revitalizing the International Cardijn Foundation (ICF). The ICF is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve the present and future generations of young workers throughout the world. Officially created in September 1998 on the initiative of the International YCW, the ICF mission is to provide financial support to the projects implemented by young workers in order to improve their living and working conditions.

 

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Throughout his life, Cardijn, who founded the International YCW in 1957, never ceased to disseminate his message that “Each young worker is worth more than all the gold in the world.” Convinced that this message is still true today, the ICF wants to help young people – apprentices or unemployed, domestic workers, workers in the informal economy, casual workers, those exploited in export-processing zones, those excluded from society – to carry out projects which will allow them to live with dignity.

 

Present at the meeting were former YCW leaders from different countries, Stefan Gigacz from Australia, Guy Tordeur and Jacques Hanon from Belgium, Nubia Alvarez from Colombia, Jean-Marie Dumortier from France, and the International Secretariat was represented by Ludovicus Mardiyono and Arlindo de Oliveira.

 

The meeting was a realization of the reflection made at the International Council in Ghana 2012 and the International Team Meeting 2013.

 

The IYCW, with the support from former leaders, committed to strengthening the ICF by promoting horizontal solidarity among the current members, IYCW former leaders, Churches and supporters everywhere.

 

For this the IYCW is welcoming all former leaders, Churches and supporters to support the ICF by joining the network and participating in the next meeting to be held in early 2014.

 

All national movements are encouraged to promote the ICF in their respective countries, contacting former leaders, Churches and networks to work hand in hand promoting Cardijn’s vision for the young workers in this world. By doing so, we bring to life our belief that “Each young worker is worth more than all the gold in the world.”


 
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