What is the Fund For?
To provide financial support to YMCA staff (active or retired) and/or their dependents, facing personal hardship and emergencies such as medical bills, the impact of natural disasters, inadequate or no pension, problems created by political turmoil, and human rights violations.
Unfortunately, there are still many countries where there is virtually no pension or medical provision, so retired colleagues, who may have given a lifetime of service to the YMCA live in poverty or, suffering death threatening illnesses, cannot afford medical treatment.
Inequalities around the world continue to grow. Conflict, political upheaval, and natural disasters are widespread. YMCA staff, retirees, and their families can lose their homes and may need to flee, as refugees, to another country.
The Emergency Fund (Secours Speciaux) has given support in all these situations. Most recently financial support has been given to almost a hundred YMCA retirees affected by the covid 19 crisis.
The fund relies on contributions from the worldwide YMCA family to continue this important humanitarian work.
Please give generously