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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Sisterhood is a special, 7-part series which gives viewers an exclusive look into the daily lives of these remarkable women betrothed to Christ. The project was possible due support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and a partnership between Salt and Light and Loyola University New Orleans. Watch the documentary at saltandlighttv.org/sisterhood

"Sisterhood" documentary series profiles women religious around the world

15 hours ago: Sisterhood is a video documentary series profiling seven congregations of women religious around the world and their mission, ministry, communities and charisms. Available to watch now on Salt + Light Media's website.

Service Learning students pose for a group photo during their service at St. Martin's Feeding Program.

Kenya & Africa in a Globalizing World: Service Learning Trip to Kenya 2017, a reflection

Yesterday: Not only do I want to thank ASEC for arranging this eclectic program and allowing me and my group to see the many aspects of a developing country, but I will be ever grateful for the friends I made, because our relationships and interactions made such a powerful impression.

Nigerian sisters took an educational field trip to Tenti Green Farm, Vom, Plateau State.

Acquiring skills for more effective leadership with SLDI administration training

5 days ago: Twenty-seven women religious from twenty-three congregations participated in the ASEC-SLDI Administrative track training from June 4 to July 1, 2017 at the Institute for Formators, Du – Jos, Plateau State.

Sr. Dorice with the children after teaching catechism.

The story of Caroline and Doreen

last week: Sr. Dorice tells the story of two girls with the same educational opportunities and how their choices impacted the rest of their lives. She reflects on the gift of quality education in relationship to Catholic sisters in Africa.

Group of Catholic justice and peace makers' children with their leaders, Catholic sisters and a priest at Dar es Salaam Cathedral area. The group is about to leave for mission activities (to evangelize) in Zanzibar Island (June 2017)

The Impact of Drug Abuse in Developing Countries

last week: On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Sr. Maria shares her thoughts on eliminating these problems and increasing economic development in Tanzania.

Sr. Jane Wakahiu, Interim Director for Catholic Sisters Program and former ASEC Executive Director, addresses the SLDI students.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation visits SLDI participants in Zambia during finance training

last week: Sisters in Zambia express gratitude to ASEC and The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for the love and support they show to African Sisters. The expression comes with the timely visit to Lusaka by Hilton Foundation staff.

A few months ago, a post went viral on Facebook in which a man congratulated his cousin on his marriage to a very young girl. The message caused a lot of controversial issues. The girl (pictured above with her husband) had no say in the issue and had to accept her parents’ decision.

Addressing Gender-based Violence in Nigeria - Silence is no longer golden

2 weeks ago: Women’s education is foreseen to be the single most influential investment that can be made in the developing world to eradicate and reduce gender-based violence.

Sr. Astridah shows the children a photo on the camera.

The SLDI web design course gave me confidence, helping my congregation and ministry

2 weeks ago: Sr. Astridah has had a lot of success in her ministry through the skills she gained in the SLDI Web Design course.

Rhinos graze in a field against the backdrop of the Nairobi skyline.

ASEC Service Learning Trip to Kenya 2017: a Reflection

3 weeks ago: 8 students from Marywood University & Chestnut Hill College attended a 3-week service trip to Kenya this summer. They provided service at various sites, including a refugee center, a hospital, a home for street boys, and an orphanage for both physically and mentally disabled children.

On behalf of the SLDI Finance participants, thanks to ASEC donors and partners for our new laptops.

What I learned from the SLDI program (Finance Track)

last month: Sr. Crescensia reflects how her experience in the SLDI Finance program has increased her technology skills, made her more confident in her work and inspired her to mentor other sisters in her congregation.

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