Winter '17-'18

Hilton Foundation Grant Expands Education Program to Nine African Countries

Marywood University and the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) recently received a 4.5 million dollar grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation that will be used to expand the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program to serve sisters in Malawi, Cameroon, and South Sudan, bringing the total number of countries participating in leadership and financial management training to nine (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Southern Sudan).

The expansion is part of Phase III, and will enable sisters to advance human development more widely and effectively. Phase III will serve 756 new individual sisters and over 537 sisters via the alumnae associations.

Participating sisters will build their leadership capacities to become more resourceful and learn to effectively steward and invigorate their ministries. Notably, sisters will learn to develop sustainable plans to support their growing congregations and prepare for increased vocations.

ASEC and Marywood University also have been awarded a $3.85 million dollar grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) project that will enable 233 Catholic sisters to acquire higher education credentials. HESA will be implemented in seven sub-Saharan countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Zambia. Through HESA, 185 sisters will receive bachelor’s degrees and 48 will receive associate degrees in a variety of higher education institutions in Africa and through partnerships between American and African universities.

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