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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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Thank you to our amazing partners, donors and friends (Donations between 10/1/2018 - 8/31/2019)

Appreciation for ASEC Donors in 2019

3 weeks ago: [USA] Thank you to our amazing 2019 supporters! What we do is not possible without you. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Sr. Margaret Mary Dione Ajebe-Sone, SST, M.Ed. of Cameroon (standing, 2nd from left) visiting with ASEC staff at Marywood University. Sr. Margaret is the fifth Sister scholar accepted for a six month research fellowship with ASEC partner, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.

5th Visiting Scholar arrives at CARA for research fellowship

3 months ago: [Cameroon, USA] Sr. Margaret Dione Ajebe-Sone, SST, of Cameroon is the fifth 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.

William Barron Hilton (October 23, 1927 - September 19, 2019), photo courtesy of Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

In memory of Barron Hilton

3 months ago: [USA] Hotelier and philanthropist Barron Hilton commits 97% of his wealth to the humanitarian work of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in his passing on September 19, 2019 at age 91.

ASEC staff and partners visit to Kikyusa Primary & Secondary schools in Kikyusa, Uganda, run by the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross (MHC).

ASEC staff visit alumnae projects in Uganda

5 months ago: [Uganda] ASEC staff and partners visit several ASEC alumnae projects in Uganda to learn more about how ASEC programs are helping Sisters in their ministry work and service to the poor and marginalized:

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

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

Catholic Sisters are

Sisters at the forefront of sustainable agriculture in Africa

6 months 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. 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

6 months 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.

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

7 months 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

8 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.

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

8 months ago: [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

10 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

more than a year 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

more than a year 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

more than a year 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

more than a year 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.

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