Impact Seychelles 2018
“It is cool to be good.” This was the resounding message that could be heard from the auditorium of the International Conference Center Seychelles (ICCS) last Saturday as Impact Seychelles came to an end.
Impact Seychelles was a four-day programme organised by the Seventh Day Adventist Mission of Seychelles with the aim of building resilient youths who can impact positively on their communities.
It included activities such as community service as well as training workshops and praying sessions which targeted issues such as HIV/Aids and substance abuse prevention and behavioural challenges in youths.
Most of these workshops were conducted in collaboration with partners such as the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Care and the National Aids Council.
Among the highlights of the programme was the opening of the first Seventh Day Adventist Lighthouse Centre at Anse Etoile, a centre which encourages healthy lifestyles through health screenings, nutritional advice, counseling for anxiety and depression amongst others.
Pastor Abel Ntep, the event coordinator, stated that the turnout for this second phase of Impact Seychelles went beyond and above their expectations with more than 180 active participants. The first phase was conducted in December 2017 on Praslin to cater for the youth on the inner islands.
He appreciatively noted that these participants did not only represent the youths from the Seventh Day Adventist but also youths from organisations such as the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC) and various educational institutions.
“When you blend skills, service, knowledge and spirituality together you are actually meeting the holistic need of a human being, and this is what we have been emphasising on during these four days,” Pastor Abel stated.
The youths of Impact Seychelles have been empowered and trained as ambassadors of change for their communities and are being encouraged to voice out to their friends that it is cool to be and do good.
Impact Seychelles concluded with praise and worship.
Seventh Day Adventist hopes to organise yet another Impact Seychelles in the future to reach even more young people.
The accompanying photos were taken during the closing ceremony of the Impact Seychelles.