Young Life Cote d'Ivoire

Reaching the young people of Cote d’Ivoire

Young Life Cote d’Ivoire continues with amazing growth in 2021! We knew over 61,000 kids by name, with 1,447 kids coming to club and 1,061 attending discipleship groups each week in 2020.

In 2021, 61,089 teens were known by name in Cote d'Ivoire.

Cote d’Ivoire

  • Population: 26,305,796
  • Main languages: French
  • Number of ministries: 51

Cote d’Ivoire summary

Cote 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 has proved difficult to pursue, so several thousand UN peacekeepers and several hundred French troops remain in Cote d’Ivoire to support the transition process. Of Cote d’Ivoire’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, Cote d’Ivoire is the largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer of coffee. Cote d’Ivoire is a multilingual country with over 78 languages spoken. The official language is French.

Since its start in 2012, Young Life in Cote d’Ivoire has grown enormously. Over 61,000 kids are known by name. Leaders are praying for a deep love for Christ to reach more kids; with 51 ministries and 214 volunteer leaders, Young Life in Cote 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

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Growth (2021)
Kids Known by Name 36,655 61,655 67%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 533 971 1,653 2,286 2,538 2,621 1,447 -45%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 133 290 527 850 1,026 1,186 1,061 -10%
Number of Ministries 11 15 30 38 32 48 51 6%
National Staff 1 1 4 4 4 4 4 0%
DGL 0 0 0 1 3 7 9 29%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 528 327 351 414 646 1,765 1,533 -13%

Our ministries

Young Life in Cote d’Ivoire is growing rapidly with 51 ministries and 214 volunteer leaders.

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