A FRICA KOLPING ASSOCIATION (AKA)

Background

Africa Kolping Association (AKA) is a Continental Organization currently made up of five National Kolping Organizations i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Nigeria and two aspiring countries: Togo and Benin.

Africa Kolping co-operation started in the 1980s. In February 1989, a handful of Kolping members of Uganda and Kenya had a two day workshop in Hoima - Uganda. In October 1990 another workshop of Kolping leaders of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania was held on the topic "The Kolping Vision in the East African Environment: a challange in the Work of Social Transformation". During this workshop, it was resolved that such workshops sould continue being held periodically on rotational basis in each of the sister Kolping countries. In June 1991, in Nairobi - Kenya another workshop was held. This time Kolping Society of South Africa joined the team and it became more than an East African affair but a workshop for English speaking Kolping countries in Africa. The important question discussed was "How can we integrate the different family values in African tradition with the values in African tradition with the values as defeloped by the Kolping Society?"

Again in Nairobi in November 1991 Africa Kolping leaders meeting resolved to hold the next Africa Kolping Workshop in June 1992 in Bukoba - Tanzania to discuss the modalities of forming an African Kolping Organization with the theme "The Kolping Family Commitment to the Social and Economic Development." It is during the Bukoba workshop that the formation of a Pan African Kolping Organization was discussed hence marking the official birth of AKA - Africa Kolping Association on 25/06/1992 at Ntungamo Major Seminary - Bukoba.

Africa Kolping Association (English) or Association Kolping Afrique (French) in short AKA is meant to embrace all the member National Kolping Organizations on the African Continent.