Welcome to the website of Y Care International, the international relief and development agency of the YMCA in the UK and Ireland

Give to the East Africa emergency appeal

We have launched an emergency appeal for communities affected by the worsening food crisis in East Africa. Over 10 million people are in urgent need of aid and their lives are at risk if food and water do not arrive soon. Donations to the appeal will go towards urgent food aid and other relief work. Read more and donate online.


One year on from the South Asian Tsunami, we meet Charith de Silva, Base Co-ordinator with Y Care International’s partner YMCA in Sri Lanka, whose work with his community is providing for present needs and preparing for a better future.


Y Care International’s ‘Beyond the White Band’ event marked White Band Day III, the third day of action as part of the international Global Call to Action Against Poverty. Read young people’s open letter to world leaders, expressing their frustrations that governments have not done all they can to end global poverty.


We launched an emergency appeal days after the earthquake that hit Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan, killing at least 90,000 and leaving millions without shelter. Y Care International’s partner is working to reach communities in need and provide vital relief – read updates on our response.