ASEC Success Stories

Sr. Mary masters grant-writing, generating funds for muliple projects in South Sudan.

Sr. Mary masters grant-writing, generating funds for muliple projects in South Sudan.

Sr. Mary has used her SLDI education to secure funds and in-kind donations from multiple sources, supporting a variety of important projects in South Sudan.

SLDI alumna Sr. Mary Faida is a South Sudanese sister belonging to the congregation of Sacred Heart Sisters (SHS). The graduated from the SLDI program Basic Technology & Administration Track in 2015. Using the grant-writing skills she learned, Sr. Mary was able to secure funding for several projects, ranging from medical care to trauma-informed formation to repairing the congregations solar power system.

"All the proposals I wrote was [sic] after the ASEC/SLDI training. I had no idea about the proposal writing or fund raising before. I'm really very grateful for the knowledge I have acquired."

Upon graduating, Sr. Mary successfully obtained grant funding and in-kind donations from 6 different sources for a wide range of projects supporting her congregation.She's secured grant funds and/or donations for:

  • The purchase of a vehicle for use in her congregation (via Aid to the Church in Need)
  • Expenses related to trauma-informed formation to sisters in South Sudan who experienced the civil war (via Koch Foundation and Comboni Missionaries). She was also to acquire additional donations to continue this important program into the future.
  • Medical bills to help a fellow sister get a kidney transplant. Unfortunately that sister passed before receiving the transplant but Sr. Mary successfully negotiate that those funds be used for sick sisters in the future.
  • The repair of the congregation's solar power system (via Catholic Relief Services South Sudan).

Sr. Mary has been a picture of courage, persistence and hope for the future in South Sudan, no matter how difficult things can get. In an article from Global Sisters Report, she expressed,

“I don't think the present situation will be permanent. I think it will change... God is present.”

This project is directly addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal(s):

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Reduce inequality within and among countries Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Sr. Mary Faida, SLDI Alumna, Basic Technology & Administration Track, 2015 Sr. Mary Faida, SLDI Alumna, Basic Technology & Administration Track, 2015
SouthSudan

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