During the Catholic Women’s League of Canada annual national convention, Faith Anderson (Chairperson of Education and Health, CWL) presented Kathleen Provost (Campaign Director, Advancement, StFX University) with a $23,991.44 cheque designated to support global women leaders of Coady International Institute.

Photo credit Annie Chirka

Coady Institute has partnered with the Catholic Women’s League of Canada (CWL) since 1961 when the League first donated $1,000 to Coady Institute. St. Francis Xavier University honoured the CWL in 2018 by awarding the organization the Lifetime Xaverian Award in recognition and in appreciation of this long relationship.

Over the years, the CWL National Council and individual parish councils across Canada, have been dedicated and significant supporters of Coady Institute, providing annual scholarships to women community leaders from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. These graduates have in turn helped thousands of disadvantaged people in their communities to improve their lives.

“At Coady, we are so proud of our partnership with CWL and grateful for the years of support that continues to enable community leaders from around the world to benefit from our programming,” Gord Cunningham, Executive Director Coady International Institute, said. “Thank you to all the local CWL members and those across Canada for their help in bringing about social change.”


Meet the 2018 Catholic Women’s League of Canada Bursary Recipients:

I am grateful for the support of Catholic Women’s League. My Coady education has strengthened my leadership foundation and sharpened my skills towards tackling malnutrition, poverty and environmental degradation. You have rekindled my spirit and confidence to fight for justice for all humanity and respect for the environment.

Carole Nyakeri

Chief Operating Officer , Green Gates Ecofarm, Kenya

My Coady education has shaped the program I will take back to my community. I will work with the upcoming women entrepreneurs on income generating activities as a way of sustaining their lives and families and moving away from the cycle of violence.

Jacqueline F. Waya

Program Officer – Advocacy , Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) Tanzania, Tanzania

We are a volunteer youth movement comprising of students, youth leaders, young professionals, youth organizations, young women movements, and other actors in youth work set to promote meaningful youth participation in development through collective voice and action focusing on youth development, empowerment, and policy advocacy.

Wekha Jackson Naligonje

Partnership Development Officer, Youth Consultative Forum, Malawi

We seek to create competent and self-reliant citizens who contribute to the economic and social development of the country, thus improving the livelihoods of all Ethiopians and sustainably reducing poverty. We aim to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the country’s micro and small-scale enterprises.

Mihret Gidebo Gita

Gender Mainstreaming Officer, Regional State Technical and Vocational Education Bureau, Ethiopia

Academically, I have gained knowledge. Socially, I have gained friends and networks. Psychologically, I have learned of my own leadership. I will use my Coady education to empower the community to take charge of their own affairs for community development.

Benta Anyango Bwana

Home Economics, Gender, and Rural Youth Officer, County Government of Kisumu, Kenya

As a recipient of your donation my dream to study development is now a reality. You have not only impacted my life but the lives of many women and children through the work I will do. Thank you!

Mpho Elizabeth Mpofu

Founder and Board Chairperson, The Voice of Africa Trust, Zimbabwe

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