Through the BPE, the Jesuits, the Catholic sisters and their collaborators who have a very large network of schools across countries in Africa leverage their long experience in education to advocate for better pathways for holistic education and formation and suggest policy responses to the crisis of education in Africa.
In his last will and testament, Conrad Hilton characterized the sisters as “protectors and defenders” of children, and encouraged generosity to their schools, hospitals and places of worship. It reflects this legacy in the continued commitment to support the apostolic works of sisters in their direct service to the vulnerable and disadvantaged within the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For more than 30 years, Hilton Fund for Sisters (HFS) has awarded over $133 million to Sisters’ projects throughout the world. This has been possible thanks to the generosity of Conrad N. Hilton, the hotel pioneer who gave the bulk of his personal fortune to the foundation that bears his name. Hilton singled out Sisters, who devote their love and life’s work for the good of humankind, as especially deserving of the foundation’s help and support. Being impressed by their focus on mission and their unusual ability to stretch the dollar to its maximum, he favoured their commitment over “organized, professional charities with high-salaried executives and a heavy ratio of expense.”
How we work
We work to promote individual girl empowerment and societal transformation by creating a new model of systemic change founded in power-sharing at the grassroots. Our model mobilises an entire social infrastructure around girls to support their development, beginning with secondary education and progressing into young adulthood and working life. We bring together, often for the first time, the many influential community actors on a girl’s life – teachers, health workers, traditional and faith-based leaders, police, parents and female role models – all of whom are in a position to bring about improvements to girls’ and young women’s futures. We recognise the role of policy in girl education and so we form partnerships with government agencies related to girl education and advocate for sound policy
Where we work
BPE Headquarter is at the Jesuits Africama House in Nairobi, Kenya. The overall objective of the programme is to improve access and quality of education for girls. Initially, in three SSA countries, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. The second objective is to scale up the programme to other schools in the three countries and later to other SSA countries starting with Malawi and Tanzania. This will depend on the project review annually as well as national consultations with local governments.