Overseas Partnerships

The purpose of YMCA Overseas Partnerships is to support community development projects, share resources, tools and expertise while learning about issues that affect us all.  YMCAs across Canada are engaged in partnerships with YMCAs around the world. 

Visit the YMCA Canada Partnership Map

Group of People Overseas

Our Current Partnership Work

Together the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford and the YMCA of Stratford partner with the YMCA of Zambia national office strengthening our work in local communities. 

Current project work includes a Peer to Peer Education Project in the communities of Ndola and Livingstone.   Through their own education and leadership development, these young people volunteer their time to go into communities to educate citizens on the HIV/Aids, Substance Abuse and Early Pregnancy. 

Zambia Girl

Our Partnership History

Since 1922, we have been involved in work internationally.  

Between 1969-2013, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) made funds available for overseas work and in 1971 provided additional funds for global education locally allowing YMCAs to enhance their work locally and overseas.  Over the years we have partnered with the following YMCAs:

Uganda YMCA;  Gaza Refugee Program;  Antigua YMCA;  Peru Project;  Paisley Scotland YMCA Wuhan YMCA; Poland YMCA;  Leon Mexico YMCA;  Zimbabwe YMCA;  Zambia YMCA