South Sudan

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.

651 of approximately 2312 Catholic Sisters in South-Sudan have been served by ASEC programs.

CAPITAL
Juba
POPULATION
≈13 million
TOTAL SERVED
651
ALUM FUNDS RAISED
≈$339,000

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

1Total participants served; some Sisters may have been served by more than 1 program.
22017 Statistical Yearbook of the Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana

LESOTHO ZAMBIA MALAWI TANZANIA KENYA UGANDA SOUTH SUDAN CAMEROON NIGERIA GHANA GHANA NIGERIA CAMEROON SOUTH SUDAN UGANDA KENYA TANZANIA ZAMBIA MALAWI LESOTHO

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South Sudan Country Report by ASEC

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Download the South Sudan Country Report (PDF) for statistics about students and alumnae of ASEC's programs.

Sisters impact in South Sudan
SLDIHESA

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.

There's been a 45.3% increase in the number of women religious in South Sudan from 2012 to 2017.

Alumnae in South Sudan

  • Education (83.3%) and clean water (66.6%) are the top Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that ASEC alumnae in country contribute to in their ministries (N=6)
  • 67% received leadership positions in their ministries (N=6)
  • 100% demonstrated effective use of skills in their ministries (N=5)
  • 83% demonstrated effective use of skills in their congregations (N=6)

Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) in South Sudan

SLDI has been working in South Sudan since 2013.

ASEC has served 63 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. 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.

  • 30% of 2019 SLDI participants in South Sudan report healthcare worker as their ministry (N=20)
  • 37.5% of SLDI participants were trained in administration and 27.5% in finance as of 2018 (N=40)

SLDI Partners of South Sudan

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Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) in South Sudan

HESA has been working in South Sudan since 2013.

ASEC is supporting 23 Catholic sisters in South Sudan to study for degrees and diplomas through the HESA program.

  • 100% of HESA participants in South Sudan did not report their ministries (N=2)
  • 100% of HESA participants in South Sudan are studying in the field of economics and business administration(N=2)

HESA Partners of South Sudan

3HESA total served is reported by the country of the institution where the sister is studying. Some sisters travel to a different country to attend specialized programs of study.

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