Nairobi, 29 September, 2020 / 11:32 pm (ACI Africa).
The US-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is facilitating the setting up of data centers in Africa that will be used to collect, store, process, and allow the sharing of information about Catholic Sisters on the continent, an official of the entity has told participants in the ongoing ten-day virtual International Consultative Research (ICR) conference.
In her Tuesday, September 29 presentation, the Head of the Catholic Sisters Initiative at California-based Foundation, Sr. Jane Wakahiu said that the leadership of the philanthropic trust already approved a grant for establishing the data center in Kenya.
Sr. Jane disclosed that the grant was released to three of the foundation’s partners: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), which is hosting the data hub; the Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya (AOSK), which is spearheading the project, and Tangaza University College (TUC), the Nairobi-based Catholic Institution jointly owned by 22 Religious Orders that is affiliated to CUEA.
With the process of hiring the Director of the data center underway, the facility is expected to become operational soon, the Executive Secretary of AOSK, Sr. Pasilisa Namikoye told participants in the virtual ICR conference September 29.
When operationalized, Nairobi-based the data center is expected to contribute to increasing knowledge dissemination and visibility of Catholic Sisters’ apostolate across Africa, Sr. Jane, a member the Religious Institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis (LSOSF) said.