South Sudan


Slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Texas South Sudan is located in East Central Africa. The Republic of South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation.

48* of approximately 350 Catholic Sisters in South-Sudan have been served by ASEC programs.

≈13 million

Pictured Above: Lake Kazana and scenic beauty of Maridi area, South Sudan.

*The total number of participants served is not the total UNIQUE program participants. Please note that some sisters may have been served by more than 1 program.

Map of Africa, South-Sudan

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ASEC's work in South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan, located in East Central Africa is the world’s youngest nation. The country gained independence on July 9th, 2011, in which the citizens overwhelmingly voted for total autonomy from Sudan. 

Education opportunities and employment are extremely limited in South Sudan, especially for women.

SLDI has been working in South Sudan since 2013.

ASEC has served 40 Catholic Sisters from South Sudan through the SLDI program.

An SLDI training facility was established in 2016. Before that, sisters from South Sudan attended workshop sessions in Uganda and Kenya.

Political instability and conflict presents challenges in planning and delivering workshops in South Sudan. Travel within the country can be difficult and the safety of the sisters attending workshops is a concern. Also, ASEC’s Country Director in South Sudan, Sr. Rose Jane Adiero, endured personal injuries this past year that led to her death in March 2017.

ASEC acknowledges the need for SLDI in South Sudan and will continue to serve the country despite challenges. In December 2016, Sr. Jane Wakahiu, outgoing ASEC Executive Director and Sr. Lina Wanjiku, ASEC East Africa Regional Director visited ASEC’s country office, SLDI workshop site, and the Catholic University of South Sudan. Past Executive Director, Sr. Jane Wakahiu wrote an article for Global Sisters Report, describing her experience visiting South Sudan and reaffirming the need to support the sisters and individuals who are among the most vulnerable.

South Sudan began reporting on funded projects for the first time in 2017. Four alumnae in South Sudan were successful in obtaining a total of $174,481 through grants, donations and fundraising.

SLDI Evaluation Reports

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HESA has been working in South Sudan since 2013.

HESA is supporting 8 Catholic Sisters in South Sudan to study for degrees and diplomas.

ASEC's East Africa Director visited the Catholic University of South Sudan in January 2016 to research computer training planning, superior’s workshop planning, and increase awareness about ASEC and its opportunities.

HESA Evaluation Reports

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South Sudan Partners

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)  (Nairobi, Kenya)
Partnered with Marywood University to support the HESA program in East Africa. Sisters complete one full year via online distance learning delivered by Marywood University and transfer to CUEA to complete their degrees.

Catholic University of South Sudan  (South Sudan)
Sisters in the HESA program study here through the Onsite Model.

Religious Superiors Association of South Sudan (RSASS)  (South Sudan)


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