ASEC News & Reflections

ASEC is serving 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. We encourage our staff, sisters in the program, and friends of ASEC to contribute their own news and success stories. Below you will find impactful stories and reflections written in their own words.

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The presence of Sr. Stephany Ayomah, Sisters of Mary Immaculate (SMI), is vital to the rural community of Ordorme, Nanumba North district, Ghana.

Improving nutrition, reducing poverty and creating jobs in Ghana

Yesterday: [Ghana] Sr. Stephany's human development projects are improving nutrition, reducing poverty and creating jobs in Ghana.

Thanks to Sr. Immaculata, the library now serves over 3,000 students and staff. Through the power of reading, children now have access to books filled with knowledge.

Library builds minds and improves literacy in Nigeria

last week: [Nigeria] Sr. Immaculata works to improve the literacy rate in Nigeria by obtaining funds to construct a children's library and the learning materials to fill it.

Sr. Benedicta Anslem is rebuilding Tanzania infrastructure through her grant writing skills and construction projects. She's always looking for ways to get involved in her service work.

Rebuilding Tanzania infrastructure, one brick at a time

2 weeks ago: [Tanzania] Sr. Benedicta Anslem is improving infrastructure and building hope in Tanzania, one brick at a time.

ASEC staff gather together in Ghana to celebrate accomplishments and build stronger collaborative relationships.

ASEC staff meet in Ghana for collaborative leadership activities

2 weeks ago: [Ghana, USA] ASEC staff from USA and ten African countries gather together in Accra, Ghana for a week-long staff training focused on collaborative leadership.

Every day, Sr. Matilda and her congregation are working towards equality for all people, especially children. Here are some of the girls they care for, including two sisters, Margaret and Cecilia.

Fighting for social justice and the well-being of African children in poverty

3 weeks ago: [Zambia] Sr. Matilda discusses how being a "Good Samaritan" saved two young girls who were abandoned by their father at an early age.

Efficient, confident and competent in her accountant career

Efficient, confident and competent in her accountant career

3 weeks ago: [Tanzania] Sr. Florida receives two promotions in her accountant career after completing her ASEC-sponsored education.

Sr. Lucy Chemutai Yego's new role as a school bursar was a challenge until she began ASEC's SLDI finance program.

When the teacher becomes the student

last month: [SouthSudan] When Sr. Lucy arrived at the school she was eager to help mold young minds, but she never imagined that, in the end, it was her mind that would be molded.

Sr. Caroline was asked to facilitate a workshop for junior sisters preparing for perpetual vows. The topic she presented about was

Confidence gained from an education leads to facilitating a workshop

last month: [Kenya] By participating in the HESA program, Sr. Caroline gained the confidence she would not have had otherwise to facilitate a 2 day workshop for the 25 junior sisters gracefully and with confidence.

After three years (2016-2018) of learning to skills to better serve their communities and congregations, 95 religious women from across Nigeria graduated from the SLDI program with the drive to put their new skills into action.

A day to remember

last month: [Nigeria] Ninety-five religious women from congregations across Nigeria graduate from ASEC's Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program.

a portion of the book cover for Transformative Partnerships: Role of Agencies, Foundations, Institutions in Promoting Strategic Social and Sustainable Change for Women Religious in Africa.

ASEC’s newest book, Transformative Partnerships, launches Feb 2, 2019

last month: [Kenya] Transformative Partnerships invites us into an emerging field of research on women religious in the Global South.

Dreamer

Dreamer

last month: [Kenya] Sr. Irene Kwena once thought that her dreams were out of reach but thanks to ASEC's HESA program she is learning that is far from the truth.

Sr. Faustina and her SLDI Finance track classmates take a field trip to a nearby sustainable farm in Uganda.

From computer illiterate to empowered accounts manager

last month: [Uganda] Find out how Sr. Faustina Khaoya is using her ASEC-sponsored education to help revamp her congregation's economy.

A Moment to Cherish

A Moment to Cherish

2 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Margaret Wamae, FIHM, reflects on the day she began her journey as an ASEC beneficiary.

Participants of the Pontifical Missionary Children (PMC) children's program.

Financing the Future Generation

2 months ago: [SouthSudan, Uganda] Find out how Sr. Agnes Manzede Freda is using her ASEC sponsored education to help support a children's program in Uganda.

Sr. Juliana in class.

Education is the gift that keeps giving

2 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Juliana is using the skills she acquired from ASEC's SLDI administrative track to help give presentations to others on how to better their lives and achieve their goals.

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