International Financial Aid Fund
The Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk U.S. Province is a part of a larger international congregation with provinces in Belgium, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana and Canada. The International Financial Aid Fund was created to assist our international Sisters working in impoverished areas of the world. We support projects that provide care for the sick, education for the poor, and healthy environments for our Sisters and their students. Our hope is to encourage sustainability, self-sufficiency and empowerment of the poor.
Funds from the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk are used to support a variety of needs including educating poor children in India. Without our support, they will work in fields, graze cattle or take care of younger siblings. Their parents cannot read or write and cannot pay for them to go to school. Education is the the only way to improve the future of the children and their tribe. Children who have been taught by our Ursuline Sisters have become pillars of their villages and have created self-help groups within their villages, making life much better for the entire community.
IFAF funds also provided for an education project in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Jesuit Refugee Service volunteers helping traumatized and displaced youth. Our Sisters provided education in the primary and secondary levels and are developing an online university. They have 60 young refugees studying online with emphasis on peace, faith and spirituality.
Sister Esperance Hamuli explains, “To me education is about dignity. It’s about giving children, who have nothing, a way to engage in the society around them and do something with their lives besides contribute to the violence that surrounds them.”