Our History

The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA ) is a global network of women leading social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide. It advocates for peace, justice, health, human dignity, freedom and environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women since its foundation in 1894 with the motto ‘By Love Serve One Another’.

YWCA of Ernakulam started on 26th October 1926; Mrs. Varghese of Cochin brought together a group of caring and conscientious women for a prayer meeting. The purpose was to find proper accommodation for students and working women in the city. Soon after, the YWCA Hostel was born, in a rented house, with five students as residents. The participants probably did not even suspect how epoch-making this little get- together was. It has planted the first seeds of a great social movement that later came to be known as ‘YWCA of Ernakulam’.


YWCA Ernakulam has several projects and services meant for women and children of different age groups, income brackets and skill levels. To meet the continuous demand for a secure and safe stay at the heart of the city, YWCA of Ernakulam provides varied type of accommodation services for students, working women and senior single women. We also have guest rooms for short stay. Know more about our Projects and Accommodation !!


YWCA of Ernakulam is registered under the Registrar of Societies Act in 1980. YWCA of Ernakulam is affiliated to National YWCA of India, New Delhi and also with World YWCA.

Any woman, who is 18 or above, who acknowledges a personal commitment to the Christian Basis and pays her membership fee as prescribed shall be entitled to Electoral Membership in YWCA Ernakulam. Those who do not subscribe to the Christian Basis may become an Associate Member. Any girl between 8 and 18 years of age, who wishes to join the YWCA may become a Junior Member after paying her membership fee as prescribed.

Lenitha Annamma Joseph


Rameena Varghese

Vice President

Sujatha Mary Thomas

Vice President

Bina Lukose


This is the updated design of the YWCA website. Now, all the aspects of YWCA has been arranged in an organised manner. Ease of access and interaction is a main highlight of this design. Projects and Accommodation has been included in the services section. Application Form has been updated and can be downloaded from the Accommodation Page

Annual Day of YWCA was celebrated last week.

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