Why girls and young women?
According to the United Nations, approximately 40 million girls worldwide do not go to school because
- they cannot afford the fees; or
- the school is too far; or
- they must earn money to care for their families.
Without an education, girls are at greater risk of experiencing hunger, violence, and disease.
Educating girls helps build self-esteem as well as strong families, strong economies, and a better world.
A Catholic education helps prepare students with a firm faith that guides all life decisions.
The ministry of education is one of the first ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, dating back to August 23, 1814, when Nazareth Academy opened at Old St. Thomas in Kentucky. This first school was dedicated to the education of girls and young women.
In a “Survey of the Educational Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth,” Sister Miriam Corcoran notes that “within nineteen years of the Community’s foundation, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were directing the intellectual, artistic, moral, and spiritual formation of girls and young women in five educational institutions.” She also pointed out that in the early days, the Sisters established “free schools” near the academies so that students who were unable to pay tuition could receive a Catholic education.
Since the founding of the Congregation and the merger of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, until today, SCNs have taught in over 300 schools. The SCN commitment to education is felt in every geographic location of the Congregation: the United States, India, Nepal, Belize and Botswana.
Giving Hope For the Future
We are committed to education as one of the greatest and most powerful gifts to individuals and to our world.
Through this campaign, we pledge to award 200 scholarships to girls and young women worldwide.