Akilah Institute for Women
Akilah was founded on a powerful premise: Africa needs an affordable model of quality higher education that prepares young women to excel as leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. In East Africa, the majority of women work in subsistence agriculture, living on less than $2 per day. Only 1% of the population enters university, and fewer than one-third of students are female. One-third of students drop out before graduation. There are few opportunities for young women to gain the skills and education that prepare them for employment and income generation. As the first college for women in Rwanda, Akilah offers a three-year Business Diploma with majors in Hospitality Management; Entrepreneurship; or Information Systems. The Kigali campus currently serves 150 young women from some of the country’s most rural and impoverished areas. The unique Akilah model emphasizes leadership and entrepreneurial skills, challenging the existing norms of rote learning and limited career advancement.
This research study involved two companion projects: (1) a national random survey to determine the prevalence of clergy sexual misconduct (CSM) with adults; and (2) a qualitative study of three groups of women and men: (a) those who self-identified as survivors who had been the objects of CSM, (b) family or friends of survivors, and (c) offenders who had themselves committed CSM. The goal of both projects was to define the scope and nature of CSM, so that effective prevention strategies can be proposed for the protection of religious leaders and congregants. Read more.
Sojourners has committed to mentoring and promoting women authors, speakers, and activists who are putting their faith in action for social justice. We are calling this aspect of the program our Emerging Voices project. Some of the amazing participants include: Alexie Torres-Fleming, Kathy Kyoungah Khang, Lyndsay Moseley, Mayra Lopez-Humphreys, Onleilove Alston, and Peggy Flanagan. Sojourners continues to be a go-to place for a discussion of Christian feminist and womanist theologies and perspectives. Click here to view recent blog posts and Sojourners magazine articles.
Yale Divinity School
The Grant Me the Wisdom Global Women’s Scholarship Fund
The Grant Me The Wisdom Foundation has establish an endowed scholarship fund for the benefit of international women students with demonstrated financial need at Yale Divinity School who are training for full-time ordained ministry with a focus on the needs of poor.
Been in the Storm So Long
This collaborative project, titled “‘Been in the Storm So Long’: Yale Divinity School and the Black Ministry—One Hundred and Fifty Years of Black Theological Education,” attempts to make a modest but important contribution to the correction of this oversight by chronicling and preserving the history of the black presence at Yale Divinity School from the 1830s to the mid-1980s. This study explicitly links church and academy as it also attempts to examine the impact that theological education at Yale has had on the lives and careers of generations of black ministers, educators, missionaries, and Christian activists, many of whom have made significant contributions both at home and abroad.
Families Empowered is a nonprofit organization founded to support the escalating number of families searching for a great school for their child. We are proud to sponsor Families Empowered’s Call Center!
About Centro Evangelico de Medicina de Lubango (CEML)
CEML is located in Lubango, Angola’s second largest city. The hospital is the direct result of the life-effort of Dr. Steven Foster. Each year CEML provides free fistula surgery to about 85 women each year. The project objectives were to identify and provide treatment to 85 women suffering from obstetric fistula, simultaneously increasing both the awareness of the problem of obstetric fistula and the availability of a surgical repair to overcome this affliction. We are proud to sponsor the Fistula Foundation and extend our support to CEML.
IGNITE serves young women (14-22) in their own communities, with an emphasis on those that are underserved. These are girls who may or may not have the confidence to run for office, but have a harder time seeking out and self-nominating for the kinds of leadership opportunities and training they need to get there. Read more.