ACWECA is an acronym of Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa. It is an Association of National Associations of sisters from nine (9) Anglo-phone speaking countries of Eastern Africa namely; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Republic of Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. For various reasons the delegates to the 12th plenary of 2002 changed the name from a Study Conference to an Association. Now ACWECA is a fully registered Association.
In order to promote the vitality of Religious Life in this part of the world, the animation organized by ACWECA is aimed at reaching the Sisters through their National Associations. At the end of each General Assembly, National Action Plans are made to help implement the resolutions taken by each member country.
ACWECA which supports and serves as an umbrella Association of the 9 National Associations of sisterhoods of the member countries has a membership of over 22,000 sisters, thereby providing a real potential of great spiritual and pastoral impact in the region.
The Association aims at developing and strengthening the formation and education of women religious, advocating for peace and justice, fostering self-sustenance and effective leadership models in the region. The main role of ACWECA leadership in this enterprise consists in coordinating, organizing, taking care of and giving support to the thousands of sisters living and assisting needy people in various city slums, orphanages, home based care, schools and hospitals, war torn and hunger stricken countries in Africa. This is done through the workshops organized by ACWECA meant to build sister’s capacity in various fields thereby promoting Holistic Formation.