In the many slums scattered in and around Nairobi, Kenya, an innovative CRS project funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is harnessing the power of Catholic religious sisters to ensure an education for the youngest and most vulnerable children in communities with limited resources. This is just one prime example of how a CRS program, Strengthening the Capacity of Women Religious in Early Childhood Development, is helping nuns to better help others in their calling. SCORE-ECD trains the sisters in nutrition, the latest teaching techniques, financial accounting and even proposal writing to support their pervasive work as esteemed members of the communities that host them and of which they are an integral part.
A sister once trained, relays her knowledge to other sisters. No other force is quite as impressive as the dedication of sisters, but as one sister puts it, “the sisters are never enough.” SCORE-ECD is taking place throughout impoverished communities in urban and rural settings across Kenya, Malawi and Zambia, and it has been a resounding success because of the stuff that religious sisters are made of.