Leaders know over 40,000 kids by name!

Young Life Côte d'Ivoire

Leaders know over 40,000 kids by name!

Young Life Côte d'Ivoire

The young people of Côte d’Ivoire are being reached.

Young Life Cote d’Ivoire continues with amazing growth in 2023! We knew over 40,000 kids by name, with almost 2,000 kids coming to club and just over 900 attending discipleship groups each week in 2023.

In 2023, leaders knew 40,164 teens by name in Côte d'Ivoire.

Côte d’Ivoire

  • Population: 28,989,613
  • Main languages: French
  • Number of ministries: 59

Côte d’Ivoire summary

Côte d’Ivoire gained its independence from France in 1960, yet has remained closely tied to the French. In 1999 the country’s first-ever military coup overthrew the government, resulting in a civil war that began in 2002. This left the country divided, with rebels holding the north, government forces in the south and peacekeeping forces as a buffer. In 2007, an agreement was signed by both parties to dismantle the buffer zone, integrate rebel forces into the national armed forces and hold elections. This proved difficult to pursue, so several thousand UN peacekeepers and several hundred French troops remain in Côte d’Ivoire to support the transition process. Of the country's 27 million people, 40% of the population is Muslim and about 37% of the population is Christian. 43% of the population is under 18 years old. As one of the most prosperous of the West African states, Côte d’Ivoire is the largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer of coffee. It is a multilingual country with over 78 languages spoken, with the official language being French.

Since its start in 2012, Young Life in Côte d’Ivoire has grown enormously. Leaders know over 40,000 kids by name and pray for a deep love for Christ to reach more kids. Across 59 ministries and 398 volunteer leaders, Young Life in Côte d’Ivoire is swiftly expanding. Experiencing some opposition from schools and in neighborhoods, leaders must be bold in their faith in order for more and more kids to hear the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Young Life leaders in Cote d’Ivoire are certainly living up to this expectation. In March of 2015, leaders were all set to have a weekend camp with kids from the cities of Grand Bassam and Bounua, until gunmen opened fire at a nearby resort, killing several people and injuring many. Parents were scared and were no longer willing to send their kids to camp. Yet faithful Young Life leaders prayed diligently and went door to door asking parents to reconsider. Many agreed, and that weekend 63 kids said yes to Jesus.

Our impact

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Growth (2023)
Kids Known by Name 36,655 61,655 61,347 40,164 -34%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 2,538 2,621 1,447 1,981 1,658 -16%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 1,026 1,186 1,061 1,267 923 -27%
Number of Ministries 32 48 51 53 59 11%
National Staff 4 4 4 4 7 75%
DGL 3 7 9 8
Kids & Leaders to Camp 646 1,765 1,533 4,308 5,216 21%

Our ministries

Young Life in Cote d’Ivoire is growing rapidly with 59 ministries and 398 volunteer leaders.

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