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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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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

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

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

2019 ASEC Annual Board Meetings take place at Marywood University

last month: [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.

Tara Lopatofsky, Ph.D., CCLS, successfully defends her doctoral dissertation research on March 28, 2019 at Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Dr. Tara Lopatofsky, Awarded Ph.D. for Research on Catholic Sisters in Kenya

last month: [Kenya, USA] ASEC HESA Evaluator Tara Lopatofsky, Ph.D., CCLS receives Doctorate in Administration and Leadership from Marywood University after successful defense of her research on the impact of post-secondary education on Catholic Sisters in Kenya.

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

ASEC staff meet in Ghana for collaborative leadership activities

3 months 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.

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

4 months ago: [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

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

Sr. Draru with street boys at Kwetu Home of Peace, a rehab
center in Nairobi, Kenya where ASEC alumnae serve (Oct., 2018).

Time Concels, Reveals: Executive Director reflects on her first year

5 months ago: [Kenya, Tanzania, USA] ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. reflects on her first year in the U.S. and the role of faith, time and collaboration in healing our global community.

46 students graduated from Bigwa Seminary Secondary
School in Tanzania. 29 of those students were able to graduate
because of the ASEC two year Bigwa scholarship (April, 2018).

Scholarship Program, 2018 year in review

6 months ago: [Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia] A year in review of ASEC's Scholarship Program for women religious in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. Read about the program growth, celebrations and achievements as 2018 comes to an end.

One of the sites for the 2019 Service Learning trip to Ghana is the Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre for children and adults with diabilities. Photo courtesy of

Service trip to volunteer in Ghana scheduled for 2019

6 months ago: [Ghana] In May 2019, volunteers from Chestnut Hill College and Marywood University will spend three weeks volunteering in schools and rehabilitation centers in the west African nation of Ghana under the auspices of ASEC.

This year alone, ASEC facilitated a total of 36 SLDI Workshops in ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Above are some of our SLDI students from Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Nigeria.

Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program, 2018 year in review

6 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, USA] A year in review of the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program. Read about milestones, news and experiences from 2018 as SLDI Phase IV, Year 3 comes to a close.

HESA students graduate from Tangaza College, Kenya (May, 2018).

Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program, 2018 year in review

6 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] A year in review of the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. Read HESA news, graduation announcements, student achievements and program growth as HESA Phase II Year 2 comes to a close.

Students of Usratuna Primary School in Juba, South Sudan are overjoyed to receive new school supplies.

Grant awarded to ASEC to support children in South Sudan

8 months ago: [SouthSudan] Through a grant from the Hilton Foundation, ASEC is providing education and supplies to children in camp sites in South Sudan.

Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB of Zambia

3rd Visiting Scholar arrives at CARA for research fellowship

9 months ago: [Zambia, USA] Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB of Zambia is the third 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.

ASEC Programs Coordinators Sr. Teresa Mulenga, Malawi and Sr. Juliana Chibaula Zulu, Zambia brainstorming together at the Partners Workshop.

Partners Workshops held to plan the next phase of SLDI program

more than a year ago.: [Ghana, Kenya] Partners Workshops held in Kenya and Ghana bring together SLDI stakeholders to discuss the future of the SLDI program.

Catholic sisters share their creative farming and agro-business solutions like; mushroom farming in small spaces, community agriculture training programs and the use of sustainable energy sources, like biogas, in their agriculture projects.

Sisters use sustainable agriculture to stop hunger in Africa

more than a year ago.: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia] African women religious are using sustainable agriculture to solve problems like malnutrition and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

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