Higher Education for Sisters in Africa
Sisters Leadership Development Initiative
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We educate African sisters, improving their ability to impact communities.
While Africa is a continent of vast potential, it faces serious obstacles of poverty, chronic hunger, disease, ecological degradation and violence. Catholic sisters are a strong force in harnessing that potential, addressing these obstacles head-on and creating hope for a bright future.
By providing access to education, sisters are able to impact more people and make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in Africa. Sisters are improving healthcare, hunger and access to clean water. They give voices to people who are wrongly persecuted and silenced. They care for the young, the old and the forgotten. They mentor others, create jobs, strengthen congregations and unite communities.
African sisters are using their education to solve some of the biggest development challenges our world is facing today. The impact they are making in communities across Africa is both admirable and heroic. At ASEC, we've learned that if you give a sister the tools to succeed, she's going to change the world.
Our ImpactOur statistics from educating sisters in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa show the incredible impact1 that sisters are making on marginalized communities. Because of people like YOU, ASEC has served over 5,300 sisters & stakeholders with INCREDIBLE results such as...
ASEC alumnae have served over 2 million people in poor, rural communities across Africa— where help is needed most.
Alumnae and their mentees have raised $13.7M in funding for community sustainability and improvement projects.
Educated sisters have mentored 6,000+ people, sharing the skills they've learned with other sisters and community members.
Alumnae projects initiated by sisters have created 3,300 jobs in under-served rural African communities.
1From 2012-2018, 311 SLDI alumnae and 2 HESA alumnae reported that they secured funds (incl. grants, monetary and in-kind donations) for needed social and/or human development projects; this is about 25% of the total SLDI graduates (N=1253) through 2015.
How educated sisters are making an impact
Sr. Prema Anthony is using the education she received through ASEC to improve the quality of education for 1,700 students in Zambia.
In the forests of Malawi, women walk long distances to find dry wood for cooking and heating their homes. But, Sr. Jane's innovative idea solves this common problem and now she's teaching the recipe women in her community.
5 days ago: Sr. Margaret Wamae, FIHM, reflects on the day she began her journey as an ASEC beneficiary.
last week: Find out how Sr. Agnes Manzede Freda is using her ASEC sponsored education to help support a children's program in Uganda.
3 weeks ago: ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. reflects on her first year in the U.S. and the role of faith, time and collaboration in healing our global ...