GENERAL BACKGROUND OF ACWECA
ACWECA is an acronym of Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa. It is a regional religious body composed of National Associations of Sisters (Conference of Women Superior Generals) from nine (9) English speaking countries including; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Named the Sisters of the East Africa Study Conference (SEASC) at its inception, the conference transformed its identity in 2002 to become a regional association in order to take care of its increasing membership demands. The Association is fully registered under the Society’s Act of the Republic of Kenya, from where the Secretariat of the Association has operated since 1988.
The National Associations of Sisters that make up ACWECA include:
1. The Association of Consecrated Women in Eritrea-ACWE
2. Ethiopian Conference of Major Religious Superiors-CMRS
3. Association of Sisterhoods in Kenya-AOSK
4. Association of Women Religious Institutes of Malawi-AWRIM
5. Sudan Sisters Association-SSA
6. South Sudan Sisters Association-SSSA
7. Tanzania Catholic Association of Sisters-TCAS
8. Association of Religious of Uganda-ARU
9. Zambia Association of Sisters-ZAS
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.