Our Innovation Fund supports some of the best examples of missionary work to support transformative change in communities all around the world. Currently this fund focuses on the three thematic areas of:
- Girls’ Education
- Refugees, IDPs and Migrants
- Climate Justice
The Innovation Fund allows our members to think outside the box to pilot a new initiative that could make the difference in transforming the lives of communities around the world or replicate a successful model/initiative in use by another Misean Cara member in their project.
Educating Girls in South Sudan
“I love learning, and I wanted at an early age to become a teacher myself, to help remove illiteracy from my community”
Basamat Alnoor, Kaya Refugee Camp, South Sudan
As part of Misean Cara’s ’15 Years : 15 Stories’ media project, this video showcases the transformative power of Education in South Sudan. Basamat Alnoor Jakolo Aldabi teaches school in the Kaya Refugee Camp in Maban County, South Sudan.
Maban is one of the most marginalised and remote areas in South Sudan and home to over 145,000 people living across four sprawling refugee camps. The majority of people came to Maban having fled armed conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states of Sudan. They sought refuge in the newly independent South Sudan, but instead found themselves caught in the midst of a brutal civil war, now in its fifth year. Between conflict at home in Sudan and conflict in their new host country of South Sudan, the future for these refugees is bleak.
In this extremely challenging environment, there is a ray of hope. The Jesuit Refugee Service, with support from Misean Cara and the Irish Jesuit Missions, provide education and psycho-social support services to both refugees and the host community.
The benefits of education are indisputable. Education can contribute to a reduction in poverty, to fewer maternal deaths, and to an increase in the marriage age of girls. People can be better equipped to manage their own and their family’s health, diminishing the threat of HIV, malaria and other infections. Educating girls has multiple benefits, including improved household nutrition and the elimination of domestic violence – generating a virtuous cycle from generation to generation and across communities at large, making girls’ education one of the best investments a country can make. Education in times of conflict can promote stability, good governance and peace and can be a sign of normality for children, often severely traumatised by the effects of war.
Our members have a strong track record in providing quality education to generations of children in the Global South. Misean Cara’s Education Fund allows our members to educate children every day, while also strengthening education systems now and for the future.
Please view our video above to see our members’ transformative work in action.
- The Solidarity Teacher Training College in South Sudan has trained over 500 teachers since 2013. This project is run by Solidarity with South Sudan, a collaborative organisation of religious organisations that works with the church in South Sudan. Over seventy percent of graduates are currently employed.
- A project by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny with Global Schoolroom in Sierra Leone is working closely with the Ministry of Education to test a new model of teacher education.
- A school set up and run by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Zambia is the only one in the country to teach children who are both deaf and blind. The practices adopted in this school, and in a home-based education initiative, provided the blueprint for new national guidelines on special education services.
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