The essential in brief
The Cooperative of Yanga (COYA) was until 2011 an agricultural cooperative with about 40 associated villages and approximately 40'000 inhabitants in Central Congo, one of the poorest regions of the country. This unique structure survived all troubles and civil wars and is the only hope for the people in this remote area.
Abbé Nyeme finished his studies in Rome in 1975 with the doctorate of moral theology. He returned to the Congo (former "Zaïre") that same year and started his development work in 1976, generousely supported by Vitus and Maria Notter from Merenschwand AG (Switzerland) and the Congregation of the Sisters of Ingenbohl (Switzerland). The aim of all activities has always been:
- to combat starvation and hopelessness,
- to improve the living conditions (healthcare, agriculture, schools, handicraft,
marketing of agricultural products) and
- to struggle against the emigration to the cities.
The beginnings, the goals
The COYA was founded by Abbé Jean-Adalbert Nyeme Tese, an African priest. His aim was to enable his people leading a better and more human life. He unexpectedly passed away on 26 November 2010. His brother Cyrille Wombo took his place. One of his first decisions was to reduce the number of associates villages to nine in order to realize a more active and efficient structure. This reduction to relatively few active villages has proven itself.
From January 2015 until his death in October 2019 Dr. Emile Okitolonda Wemakoy (photo on the right) war the director of the COYA. He was also a brother of the founder Jean-Adalbert Nyeme Tese. Unfortunately no successor could be found until today.
In Sr. Silvia Probst (picture on the right), Abbé Nyeme found a specialist who brought a lot of knowledge and experience to Yanga. She started her mission in Yanga in December 1977 and left unforgettable achievements.
Abbé (Mgr.) Jean-Adalbert Nyeme Tese (1944 - 2010), the founder of the Coopérative of Yanga and many other projets. Read more about his life ...
Sr. Silvia Probst (1917 - 1990), a unique woman, a restless benefactress Yanga never forgets. Read more about her and her extraordinary life ...