Higher Education for Sisters in Africa
Sisters Leadership Development Initiative
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We educate African sisters, improving their ability to impact communities.
While Africa is a continent of vast potential, it faces serious obstacles of poverty, chronic hunger, disease, ecological degradation and violence. Catholic sisters are a strong force in harnessing that potential, addressing these obstacles head-on and creating hope for a bright future.
By providing access to education, sisters are able to impact more people and make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in Africa. Sisters are improving healthcare, hunger and access to clean water. They give voices to people who are wrongly persecuted and silenced. They care for the young, the old and the forgotten. They mentor others, create jobs, strengthen congregations and unite communities.
African sisters are using their education to solve some of the biggest development challenges our world is facing today. The impact they are making in communities across Africa is both admirable and heroic. At ASEC, we've learned that if you give a sister the tools to succeed, she's going to change the world.
Our ImpactOur statistics from educating sisters in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa show the incredible impact1 that sisters are making on marginalized communities. Because of people like YOU, ASEC has served over 5,300 sisters & stakeholders with INCREDIBLE results such as...
ASEC alumnae have served over 2 million people in poor, rural communities across Africa— where help is needed most.
Alumnae and their mentees have raised $13.7M in funding for community sustainability and improvement projects.
Educated sisters have mentored 6,000+ people, sharing the skills they've learned with other sisters and community members.
Alumnae projects initiated by sisters have created 3,300 jobs in under-served rural African communities.
1From 2012-2018, 311 SLDI alumnae and 2 HESA alumnae reported that they secured funds (incl. grants, monetary and in-kind donations) for needed social and/or human development projects; this is about 25% of the total SLDI graduates (N=1253) through 2015.
How educated sisters are making an impact
ASEC educates religious women who are renewing hope in Africa for poor and marginalized communities. Catholic Sisters provide hope in Africa many people living who are afraid to begin life anew due to disease, poverty and lack of resources.
Catholic Sisters are using their education to build infrastructure in Africa as they work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 (SDG 9): Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
14 hours ago: Sr. Louisa is using skills learned in ASEC's SLDI program to bring holiday cheer to displaced children in war-torn Cameroon.
last week: Optometry Nurse and Catholic Nun Sr. Mary Frimpong follows in Jesus' footsteps with a special emphasis on patient dignity in her healthcare ministry in Ghana.
2 weeks ago: Sr. Hellen is using skills learned in ASEC's SLDI program to ease the stress of motherhood affecting women across Malawi.