ASEC News & Reflections

ASEC is serving Catholic Sisters in 10 sub-Saharan African countries, providing access to educational opportunities. There is much to celebrate regarding the work of ASEC and the impact of Sisters who are benefiting from our programs.

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HESA partners from 10 countries traveled to Uganda for the first HESA conference held June 19-23 in Uganda. Here, ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. (left) joins HESA partners from Cameroon for a photo.

First HESA Partners Conference takes place in Uganda

Yesterday: [Uganda] ASEC held its inaugural HESA Partners Conference June 19-23, 2019, at the Speke Resort Munyonyo and Conference Center in Kampala, Uganda.

As they develop skills in areas relevant to their ministries and congregations, participants of ASEC's Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program build their capacity to act as servant leaders and role models. Photo of SLDI Finance I workshop particpants in Uganda (July, 2018)

8 characteristics of servant leaders (with examples and quotes)

last week: [USA] The 8 characteristics of servant leaders and quotes from true servant leaders that emphasize the impact of education on servant leadership.

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Sisters at the forefront of sustainable agriculture in Africa

3 weeks ago: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia] African Sisters are practicing sustainable agriculture and farming to solve problems like malnutrition and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sr. Maria (second from left) celebrating 2018 Christmas with Maasai society in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. She says,

Charisms of congregations save lives, heal wounds and bring hope to the hopeless

4 weeks ago: [Tanzania] Exploring the apostolate of Catholic Sisters who save lives, heal wounds and bring hope to those who are hopeless.

Sr. Hellen Bandiho, STH, Ph.D. of Tanzania is the fourth Sister scholar accepted for a six month research fellowship at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.

4th Visiting Scholar arrives at CARA for research fellowship

4 weeks ago: [Tanzania, USA] Sr. Hellen Anthony Bandiho, STH of Tanzania is the fourth Sister scholar accepted for a six month research fellowship to learn applied research skills in the apostolate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.

Sr. Eunice Okobia, MMM is a beneficiary of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation SLDI Alumnae Signature Grant, receiving the funds to purchase a cervical screening machine for her medical clinic.

Free cervical cancer screenings made possible for women in Nigeria

last month: [Nigeria] SLDI alumna Sr. Eunice is ensuring that Nigerian women, regardless of their income, receive health education, proper maternal care and life-saving cervical screenings.

Sr. Esther began her ministry work with a community based health care program, caring for HIV/AIDS patients living in the Nairobi slums.

From nursing student to hospital CEO

last month: [Kenya] HESA pilot nursing student achieves success as CEO of St. Francis Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

Catholic nuns with healing hands and valuable nursing skills are improving healthcare in communities across Africa.

Nursing education helping nuns improve healthcare in Africa

last month: [Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia] Catholic nuns in Africa receive quality education through ASEC, providing them with valuable nursing skills to improve healthcare in their communities.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed annually on January 11. #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay

Human Trafficking Trends in sub-Saharan Africa (Infographic)

last month: [] Human trafficking and modern slavery trends and statistics in sub-Saharan Africa.

ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. of Uganda (left) and ASEC Asst. Director of Development Sr. Nancy Kamau, LSOSF, of Kenya (center) pose with Hon. Kyle J Mullins (right) at ASEC's headquarters, located on Marywood University's campus in Scranton, PA

Representative Kyle J. Mullins visits ASEC, local Scranton nonprofit organization

last month: [USA] Rep. Kyle J. Mullins meets with Executive Director of Scranton nonprofit, African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC).

HESA Alumna Sr. Anne Kamene, ASN (front, center) is the Director of Cheshire Home for Girls in Lumuru, Kenya. Cheshire Home provides a residential and training program for girls with varying mental and physical disabilities.

Turning disability into possibility for girls in Africa

last month: [Kenya] HESA alumna Sr. Anne is providing opportunities for girls with mental and physical disabilities in Kenya so they can reach their true potential.

The Good Shepherd Sisters sponsor orphans and poor children who cannot afford education. Through a grant they acquired, they provide the children with school fees, uniforms, healthcare and counseling. The children also keep chickens and rabbits for nutrition and finance purposes.

Education for orphans in Kenya

2 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Lucy is using the skills she learned from ASEC's SLDI program to sponsor and support orphans in Kenya in desperate need of quality education.

The main purpose of the HIV Positive and Orphaned/Vulnerable Children project is to advocate and care for children who are and are not born with HIV/AIDS. At the forefront of this work is SLDI alumna Sr. Patricia Kyambuu.

Mercy for children born with HIV in Kenya

2 months ago: [Kenya] When Sr. Patricia finished ASEC's SLDI program, she knew exactly how to use her new skills in basic technology, administration and leadership: to help orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya living with HIV/AIDS.

ASEC Advisory Board members with ASEC staff (May 1, 2019).

2019 ASEC Annual Board Meetings take place at Marywood University

2 months ago: [USA] May 1-2, 2019: ASEC’s annual Advisory Board and Board of Directors Meetings took place at ASEC USA headquarters located on Marywood University’s campus in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.

Sisters spearhead youth projects in Africa, providing hope for the future generation

Sisters spearhead youth projects in Africa, providing hope for the future generation

2 months ago: [Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda] Religious sisters across Africa are using their ASEC education to spearhead projects in support of Africa's youth and future generation.

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