Sr. Kayula LESA, RSC
Educator and Development Expert
Religious Sister of Charity (RSC), Development Professional. She holds a BA with Education from the University of Zambia (UNZA) and an MSc in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Sr. Kayula Lesa has vast experience in the development field. She worked for a time with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Zambia, and was education coordinator at the Meheba Refugee Settlement in Solwezi. This grew out of a refugee camp for Angolans fleeing war in their own country. She later became director of the programme there for JRS.
From 2008 to 2013, Sr. Kayula worked with the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Lusaka, a research, education and advocacy centre that promotes study and action on various development issues linking the Christian faith and social justice in Zambia and Malawi. The centre also strives to create a value base for public policy.
While at JCTR, she was a member of the African Forum for Church Social Teaching (AFCAST) and of an Access to Information Task Force established in 2012 by the then Zambian President to draft an Access to Information Bill.
Sr. Kayula currently manages Dialogue for Development (D4D), a Peace-building programme under the Religious Sisters of Charity Zambia/Malawi Region, which facilitates dialogue on human rights issues such as human trafficking and child protection and promotes active citizenship with special reference to the care of the Earth.
In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Sr. Kayula for a second term to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
XV Plenary Assembly addresses the realities, challenges, and directions for the Commission, Safeguarding, and the Church
The XV ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors took place in Rome and online from April 19-22, 2021.