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1 Capacity Building Impact on Women Religious in Africa

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3 The Catholic colleges and universities of ASEC are committed to global education. ASEC was initiated in 1999; its founding members are: The Sisters of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill College) The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton (Marywood University) The Sisters of St. Francis, Philadelphia (Neumann University) The Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont (Rosemont College) ASEC s accomplishments in Africa parallel what the sisters did for the immigrant populations in the United States more than 100 years ago. Courageously, the founders of ASEC started with nothing, yet their trust in God and desire to support their colleagues in Africa has had far reaching effects: 1995 ASEC founding members, together with national associations of women religious in Africa, conduct needs assessment and a site visit in Africa ASEC, a movement geared towards supporting women religious in Africa, is inaugurated ASEC undertakes planning efforts and additional site visits in Africa. Sister Anne Munley, IHM, serves as project coordinator; ASEC is awarded two $20,000 planning grants from the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters United States Conference, Women Religious Bridge the Gap: Collaborative Education for Service, hosted by ASEC. A total of 25 women religious from sub-saharan African countries attend the two-week program in USA. Each participant is provided with a laptop ASEC establishes computer labs in which the sisters in Africa can gain basic technology, Internet, and other skills for engaging in distance education Tanzania Conference Association of Sisters (TCAS) partners with ASEC to support the Bigwa School to upgrade to A level status in order to provide high school education to women religious there Sr. Anne Munley, IHM becomes the first Executive Director of ASEC and ASEC offices are established at Marywood University Computer labs are set up and ready for use in each of the five African countries where ASEC is active (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania); a series of technology workshops are initiated The African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-forprofit corporation, operating exclusively for educational and charitable purposes; ASEC Board of Directors is established. 1

4 2007- The Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program is inaugurated with a three year, $2,000,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; 304 women religious from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania participate in the Project Management, Administrative Leadership and Financial Management training Renovation of a dormitory, kitchen and dining hall at Bigwa Secondary School Service Learning Program bringing US students and faculty to Bigwa is initiated. To date, 38 students and nine faculty chaperons from ASEC colleges and universities have participated in the program, teaching ESL at Bigwa School, providing services to orphanages, and experiencing African culture First graduating class for SLDI; 267 women religious from the five countries in Africa graduate with a certificate in Administrative Leadership, Project Management and/or Financial Management The SLDI program is renewed with another $2,000,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and expanded to include Zambia. SLDI Phase II starts A state-of-the-art science facility is completed at Bigwa School consisting of three laboratories: biology, chemistry and physics ASEC supports two faculty development and student tutoring programs at Bigwa Secondary School A two-week archives workshop is presented to 55 women religious from Central and East Africa Bigwa Scholarship Program is established to support over 4,000 women religious to attain a high school diploma A borehole is sunk to provide clean water at Bigwa School community Faculty development training is facilitated at Bigwa School The Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program is inaugurated Signed memorandum of understanding establishes partnership with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA); 18 sisters begin their degree program through HESA; partnership with the Catholic University College of Ghana to support women religious in West Africa is in progress Second graduating class for SLDI; 241 women religious receive a certificate in Administrative Leadership or Financial Management. SLDI Phase I and II participants have mentored a total of 5,756 colleagues and staff, trained another 2,248 in groups and, together with their mentees, serve a population of 1,436,422 people. SLDI alumnae have raised over $3.2 million to support and expand their ministries and services to the poor The SLDI program is projected to expand to South Sudan, Cameroon and Malawi A canon law workshop is planned for women religious leaders in nine African Nations (Central and Eastern Africa), to be held in Zambia. 2

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6 Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) HIGHER EDUCATION FOR SISTERS IN AFRICA (HESA) WEST AFRICA 1. Ghanaian Conference of Religious (GCR) 2. Nigerian Conference of Women Religious (NCWR) 3. Conference of English-Speaking Religious (CESR) Morocco EAST AFRICA 4. Association of Sisterhood of Kenya (AOSK) 7. Association of Consecrated Women in East and Central Africa (ACWECA) Tunisia CENTRAL AFRICA 8. Zambia Association of Sisters 9. Association of Religious of Malawi (ARIMA) INSTRUCTIONAL PARTNERS Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA) Hobatta Globe Nigeria Limited (HGNL) Christian Organizations Research and Advisory Trust (CORAT Africa) Western Sahara Algeria Libya Egypt Mungai Wainaina Company Global TELCOM Zambia EMD Organization Mauritania Senegal Gambia Guinea-Bissau Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia Cote D ivorie Mali Burkina Faso Ghana Togo Benin Niger Nigeria Cameroon Chad Central African Republic Sudan Southern Sudan Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Equatorial Guinea United States Partners Gabon Rep.of the Congo Dem. Rep. of the Congo Rwanda Kenya Uganda Burundi Tanzania Tangaza College Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Angola Zambia Malawi Zimbabwe Mozambique Illinois Marywood University Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Chestnut Hill College Sisters of Saint Joseph Rosemont College Society of the Holy Child Jesus Namibia Botswana South Africa Swaziland Lesotho Madagascar Neumann University Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia DePaul University Vincentians 4

7 MENTORING : SLDI Cohort/Number of People Mentored and Served by Mentors and Mentees in their Ministries ZAMBIA 38 Sisters complete SLDI 623 Mentored by these Sisters 237,994 Est. # served by these Mentors & Mentees TANZANIA 47 Sisters complete SLDI 191 Mentored by these Sisters 50,382 Est. # served by these Mentors & Mentees GHANA 84 Sisters complete SLDI 329 Mentored by these Sisters 119,624 Est. # served by these Mentors & Mentees UGANDA 89 Sisters complete SLDI 1,676 Mentored by these Sisters 292,376 Est. # served by these Mentors & Mentees KENYA 109 Sisters complete SLDI 1,461 Mentored by these Sisters 361,114 Est. # served by these Mentors & Mentees NIGERIA 103 Sisters complete SLDI 1,474 Mentored by these Sisters 374,932 Est. # served by these Mentors & Mentees Total Estimated # served 1,436,422 NB: Data gathered by February and June 2012 Data for Zambia, Tanzania, & Uganda- continuing workshops, not reported 5

8 SLDI Impact Phase I & II COUNTRY # OF SISTERS PER COUNTRY PHASE I PHASE II # OF MENTEES # OF SISTERS MENTORING # OF CONGREGATIONS REGISTERED WITH THE ASSOCIATION IN THE COUNTRY # OF SISTERS IN FORMATION HOUSES # OF PARTICIPANTS COHORT I Ghana 1, Kenya 5, Malawi 1, Nigeria 7, Southern Sudan 150 ******* 4 ******* ******* 18 Tanzania 11, Uganda 4, Zambia 1, TOTAL 32, *Sisters have mentored a total of 5,756 colleagues and co-workers as individual mentees and group mentoring to a total of 2,248. *Total of people served by mentors and mentees is 1,436,422 Number of Sisters Serving in Variety Ministries COUNTRY Education College/University Congregational Leadership Social Service Health/Medical Field TOTAL Ghana Kenya Nigeria Tanzania Uganda Zambia TOTAL

9 Associate Membership Are you interested in providing your students and faculty with global experience? Through ASEC: Students and faculty participate in the Service Learning Program in Africa, providing firsthand experience of global issues and perspectives. Faculty will engage in collaborations with partnering institutions. Research papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. Students and faculty design and implement projects that address global issues and concerns (e.g., creating a fish pond at Bigwa School). Faculty have the opportunity to teach in the SLDI program. ASEC programs have created large impacts: 5,756 staff and colleagues have been mentored by the SLDI participants, and 2,248 have been mentored in group setting. Participants and their mentees serve a population of 1,436,422 people. ASEC is making a difference in Africa through a variety of programs: Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI), implemented in six sub-saharan Countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia) > Over 700 women have benefitted, acquiring certificates in Administrative Leadership, Project Management or Financial Management as well as basic technology skills > 250 laptops have been provided for their ministries > Alumnae organization furthers leadership skills and promotes continued networking > Future expansion will extend programs to Cameroon, Southern Sudan and Malawi Higher Education for sisters in Africa (HESA) > 18 women religious from four countries are enrolled in online distance learning classes > Future expansion will extend programs to Cameroon, Southern Sudan and Malawi Two Sisters are at advanced stages towards acquiring degree Diploma in Leadership and Resource Management (DLRM) Bigwa Secondary School Scholarship Program > 11 sisters were provided with a two-year scholarship to acquire high school education > Service Learning Program has brought 38 American students and nine faculty chaperons to Tanzania > Support provided for Bigwa School faculty development and student tutoring program Benefits of being an ASEC Associate Member: Opportunity to support the development of the African women religious and their invaluable work. 7

10 Support of the church in Africa via educating educators and promoting global collaboration. Opportunity to become globally engaged in making a difference in the lives of others. Providing your students and staff the opportunity to travel and serve in Africa. Becoming part of a movement that is increasing technological and higher education competencies to women in Africa. Or, will you join ASEC as an Individual Member to make a difference in Africa? Donate any amount to ASEC programs, including > ASEC scholarship program > Adopt a Sister for a Year > Service Learning Program (individual members may also assist or participate) Support ASEC initiatives > ASEC welcomes donations in any amount to advance and support scholarship programs for the African Sisters > Consider supporting a Sister for one year at the cost of $7,300 > Consider supporting a Sisters to study at Bigwa Secondary School for one year at $650

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