ASEC: Our Impact

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Sisters are the workforce of the Catholic Church

African women religious remain deprived of higher education

Sisters in sub-Saharan Africa are in dire need of training and education. They dedicate their lives to social and human development, yet 80% do not have access to higher education.

The need for supporting Catholic Sisters cannot be underestimated. Providing education will enable sisters to design new pathways to make their congregations and their communities more self-sufficient.

Our Impact

Educating Women Religious in Africa

There are over 40,000 women religious in areas of Africa we serve. Our goal is to educate each and every one of them. So far, more than 5,300 sisters have benefited from ASEC's programs.

These women religious are making a difference in Africa. Sisters use the skills, networks, and confidence developed through the SLDI workshops to take on a range of tasks in their professional roles. Some of these include:

  • grant-writing
  • strategic and financial planning
  • budgeting
  • designing and implementing projects
  • program evaluation
  • and much more.

Sustainable Development Goals

End poverty in all its forms everywhere End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Ensure access to water and sanitation for all Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Reduce inequality within and among countries Sustainable Cities and Communities Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Sustainable Development Contributions

Providing educational opportunities to these sisters has far-reaching impacts. Sisters that have graduated from our programs are significantly contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  From improving healthcare and access to clean water, to building infrastructure and initiating income generating projects, educated and empowered sisters are key players in overcoming many of Africa’s biggest development challenges.

UN Sustainability Goals ASEC Impact

65.5% of SLDI projects impact more than one UN Sustainable Development Goal

Areas receiving the highest funding amounts from SLDI projects:

Education is the key to long-term sustainability in Africa

You can provide hope to the future of Africa, one life at a time.

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