PROMOTIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE YOUTH ACTION IN AFRICAN, PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF),
The story of the PROMOTIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE YOUTH ACTION IN AFRICAN, PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF), is somehow linked to the story of its founder. When the war started in his country of origin, Rwanda, in 1990 Anicet was 11 years old, and 15 years old during the genocide of the Tutsis in 1994. He also lived the war that devastated Zaïre (Current Democratic Republic of Congo) from 1996 to 1997, and the one in Congo Brazzaville from 1997 to 1998. It was not only wars but also poverty, misery and all forms of violence. Too young, Anicet has seen and experienced all these tragedies that are the fruit of bad governance often encouraged by our indifference, lack of courage to take responsibility, to fight against antivalues and to contribute to the construction of a peaceful, fraternal and prosperous world.
His personal experience has convinced him that if the young people do not want to be victims of the scourges of bad governance, they should take responsibility to action and operate positive change. That will be their contribution to build a new and prosperous Africa, rich in values and respected. Based on his love for others and his passion to serve society, Anicet created PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF) in September 10, 2007 in order to offer to african youth a space for expression and action to contribute to the positive progress of african society.
In 2007, when he created PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF), Anicet was in a precarious situation like most young africans. However, this has not been an excuse for inaction. His trust and his hope were always there to enlight him and keep him motivated for action, according to his words. He did not expect for a miracle or did not wait for an help of any state or anyone else to realize his dreams at his place. He even did not wait for a financial help from his family which was not able to do so. He relied only on God, himself and his team in order to realize the goals, the scope and the vision of the young organization.
Later, Anicet wrote, "I believed in myself no matter what. I knew I had to fight, get up and act. By the age of 15 I had learned to fight to take care of myself, to help my family and to support my studies, sometimes I worked nights in order to survive. I learned to find ways and no excuses could not stop when I had to do my duty. I told to myself that if things have to change, then I had to contribute, to act, to change them, to assume my share of responsibility. I knew that there were millions of courageous young africans who were willing to do their best, even the impossible, to bring profound and positive change in their neighbourhood and in hole Africa.
And then, I woke up and I founded PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF). I shared the idea with two young congolese, Léa Arsène MBOYO and Brice Fortuné BITSINDOU, who joined me as cofounders. I remember we did not even have money to rent a place. The first office was my home where we often held meetings, sometimes at the place of another board member and we conducted field activities. Since then, young people have continued to join PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF) from throughout Africa. " That was the beginning of PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF).
Our story went far its way and touched many young africans who accepted to join PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF) and we are convince that others will join us aong the way. Present in more than ten (10) african countries, PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF) is focused to offer a platform where the expression of the leadership of african youth in each african country.
Some make history, others tell it, they say. In PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF), we have chosen to do both at once, to write and read it, to be part of african history by imposing by our actions the positive progress by and with african youth.
Do not hesitate to join us. The door remains widely open to you to pursue together this story which continues to be written in pure gold letter with courage and determination. We will also build a fraternal, peaceful, just, prosperous, competitive and respected Africa with the energy and the knowledge of its own valiant youth.
Together we will succeed!
""Life is a gift from heaven, but success and happiness are the fruit of hard work crowned with enormous sacrifices." By Anicet BURANGA, founder of PCYA-AF (COPAJE-AF)