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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Congratulations to Sr. Esther and Sr. Kiden, the two sisters selected for ASEC's pilot Ph.D. program.

Two sister candidates selected for ASEC pilot Ph.D. program

4 days ago: [Kenya, SouthSudan] Two doctoral sister-students selected for the pilot phase of ASEC's Ph.D. Scholarship Program. They will be pursuing their doctoral degrees at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Kenya.

Thanks to the Dominican Sisters, Holy Trinity Girls Secondary School is a place where students can live comfortable and flourish in their studies. But it wasn't always this way.

Sisters improve school conditions for girls in Zambia

6 days ago: [Zambia] Resource mobilization and project proposal writing skills learned in SLDI enable Sr. Christine to improve conditions at a girls’ boarding school in Zambia

SLDI & HESA participant Sr. Teopista is the supervisor of a Ugandan bread bakery, supplying 70-80 loaves of bread per day to schools, hotels, supermarkets and the local community. During an site visit to the bakery, she gave ASEC staff a tour of the bakery and explained the bread-making process (June, 2019).

Bread bakery brings employment, skill building and food supply to Ugandan community

last week: [Uganda] The education Sr. Teopista gained through both SLDI and HESA help a bakery to thrive and provide nourishment to a Ugandan community.

Sr. Felicity Tanko is an alumna of ASEC's Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. She recently completed her degree in Nursing from ASEC partner institution, the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (CUCB). Sr. Felicity is a member of the congregation The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

COVID-19 Impact on Healthcare and Education Workers: A Phenomenological Case Study in West Africa

3 weeks ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria] The ASEC Research Initiative's 2nd COVID-19 research study related explores the impact on healthcare and education workers in the West African countries of Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.

Your donation will help to prepare sisters in Africa to be educated and confident leaders. Donate to the education of a sister today.

Learning to Lead

3 weeks ago: [Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Through education, Catholic sisters are becoming some of the top leaders bringing positive changes throughout Africa.

SLDI participants  of Administration Track visit school children in Fukayosi Villiage in Tanzania.

The Impact on Education in Africa - ASEC Special Evaluation Report

3 weeks ago: [USA] How alumnae of ASEC's SLDI and HESA programs are impacting ministries in primary and secondary education in Africa.

Sr. Rita was awarded an ASEC Two-Year Scholarship to attend the Kasama College of Education to pursue her diploma in Primary Education. Upon graduating, she felt well prepared to teach Zambian children at the primary school level.

Teaching primary school children in Zambia

last month: [Zambia] Sr. Rita uses her education scholarship to help children grow in spirit, in knowledge and in love of God.

Sr. Magreth, (standing, 4th from left) graduated from the Bigwa Sisters Secondary School in May 2019. She received funding to attend school from the generous donors of ASEC's Scholarship Program.

The importance of rural development in Tanzania

last month: [Tanzania] Sr. Magreth continues her education in order to assist her congregation in developing its rural ministries across Tanzania.

Sr. Irene died from COVID-19 on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Mulago Hospital in Uganda. A memorial service and burial was held on Monday, September 7.

ASEC Programs Coordinator, Uganda, Loses Battle With COVID-19

last month: [Uganda] It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sr. Irene Lucy Onyai, LSMIG, on Friday, September 4, 2020.

Catholic sisters are using their ASEC-sponsored education to provide healthcare and medical services to Africa's poor and vulnerable. Here, Sr. Monica Kissoly, SCC, an SLDI alumna in Tanzania, attends to a newborn baby at a women & children's clinic at Holy Cross Health Centre in Morogoro.

Women Religious are Healing Africa Through Health and Wellness

last month: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Catholic sisters are providing much needed health and wellness services throughout Africa.

Staff & partners visited Nkozi Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where HESA alumna Sr. Harriet Baker, IMHR, serves as Nursing Director, supervising ≈100 healthcare workers. From L-R:  Rosemary Shaver, Sr. Harriet Baker, April Fowlkes, Tara Lopatofsky

My Experience as a HESA Liaison

last month: [Uganda, USA] April Fowlkes reflects on her experience coordinating ASEC's HESA program at Chestnut Hill College and taking her first trip to Africa (Uganda) in June 2019.

Due to COVID-19, the inaugural ICR conference will be held virtually at the end of September, 2020.

International Consultative Research (ICR) Conference to be held virtually in September, 2020

2 months ago: [USA] In September, ASEC will virtually hold the inaugural ICR Conference, providing an opportunity for researchers around the globe to collaborate in the initiation of an international network of research on religious life.

ASEC Program Director Sr. Juliana Zulu, RGS, shows the love and care of a sister to a little girl in Zambia.

COVID-19 Impact in Africa - ASEC Stakeholder Engagement Report

2 months ago: [USA] This impact study aims to understand ASEC stakeholders’ experiences and coping mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can provide proactive response to their needs.

Determined, Resilient, Aids-Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) project, is made possible through the collaboration of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Lesotho, USAID and Catholic Relief Services.

"DREAMS" program reducing HIV/AIDS among women and girls in Lesotho

2 months ago: [Lesotho] SLDI alumna Sr. Anacletta implements a program to increase access to HIV/AIDS services and reduce the number of new HIV/AIDS cases among adolescent girls and young women in Lesotho.

ASEC staff visited Sr. Harriet at Nkozi Hospital in June, 2019. Since then, she's been working towards improving healthcare for the vulnerable and organizing events to raise funds for a much needed Accident, Emergency and Trauma Center.

Hospital in Uganda with mission to serve the vulnerable

2 months ago: [Uganda] Nursing Director and ASEC alumna Sr. Harriet is a driving force behind Nkozi Hospital's mission and vision for the future.

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