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A Growing Sisterhood in Africa

African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC)

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of Catholic nuns in Africa increased by 22%.

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The sisterhood is growing in Africa and ASEC strives to meet the educational needs of Catholic nuns who are serving Africa's poor and vulnerable.

Across the world, Catholic Sisters (often referred to as nuns) called to the vocation of religious life dedicate their work to the greater good, in service of God. Through their apostolates, or ministries, Sisters address the needs of their local, regional and national communities, focusing on education, healthcare, infrastructure improvements, social services, environmental concerns, human trafficking and an array of other urgent human development needs.

Fortunately for communities in Africa, the sisterhood is growing; between 2005 and 2015, the number of Catholic Sisters in Africa increased by 22%. As this growing number of Sisters continue to play a powerful, even if somewhat hidden role in serving millions of people across the continent, the need for Sisters’ access to higher education and professional training grows as well. In order for Sisters to effectively carry out their important ministerial work, they must possess the knowledge, skills and resources that are relevant to their work. 

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All ten countries ASEC serves saw increases in the number of Catholic Sisters between 2012 and 2017, with the largest increases in South Sudan, Kenya and Cameroon.

All ten countries ASEC serves saw increases in the number of Catholic Sisters between 2012 and 2017, with the largest increases in South Sudan, Kenya and Cameroon.

The African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) seeks to address the need for higher education and professional training among Catholic Sisters in Africa, serving Sisters in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Approximately 80% of Sisters in these countries lack access to higher education and their numbers are on the rise. All ten countries saw increases in the number of Catholic Sisters in the five year period between 2012 and 2017, with the largest increases in South SudanKenya and Cameroon

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Communities across Africa are counting on Catholic Sisters, but 80% lack the education needed to carry out their important mission work. You can be a Ray of Hope for a Sister who needs you by donating to her education today.

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Jennifer Mudge, MSW, LSW


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