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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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

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

In 2018, 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.

Scholarshop recipients graduate from Bigwa Secondary School

last month: [Tanzania] A celebration is held for the 2018 graduating class and the 50th Anniversary of the Bigwa Seminary Secondary School.

A recent alert citing terrorist threats targeting foreigners has forced the cancellation of ASEC's 2018 Service Learning trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

2018 ASEC Service Learning trip cancelled

last month: [Kenya] A recent alert, issued from the Diplomatic Security Service, has forced the cancellation of ASEC's 2018 Service Learning trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

ASEC Advisory Board members pose with ASEC staff (April 25, 2018).

2018 ASEC Annual Board Meetings take place at Marywood University

last month: [USA] April 25-26, 2018: 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.

Students and sisters planting pine trees together.

Planting a successful future

last month: [Zambia] Sr. Clementine Phiri uses her experience with the SLDI program to help spread the word about caring for the environment.

ASEC’s annual Service Learning trip will take place from May 20-June 9, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Service Learning participants prepare for volunteer experience in Nairobi, Kenya

2 months ago: [Kenya, USA] ASEC’s annual Service Learning trip will take place from May 20-June 9, 2018. A total of 13 participants will be traveling to Kenya and staying with the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (LSOSF), a missionary community, where they will take part in service learning activities within the LSOSF compound and throughout Nairobi.

On Tuesday, January 16, ASEC signed a framework of reference with The Catholic University of Easter Africa (CUEA) to renew their commitment to empower Catholic sisters through education. The FOR was signed on CUEA's campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

ASEC renews partnership with CUEA

2 months ago: [Kenya] ASEC renews partnership with CUEA through a Framework of Reference (FOR) to continue to support the education of religious sisters in Africa.

Women Religious pray for national security

NCWR Day of Prayer for National Security

3 months ago: [Nigeria] The Nigeria Conference of Women Religious (NCWR) dedicated a day to praying for a resolution to the injustices happening within the country.

Dr. Jon Wiggins and Sr. Florence writing a report at CARA.

African Visiting Scholar participates in research fellowship at CARA

4 months ago: [Nigeria] A fellowship at Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) is teaching Sr. Florence how to apply research techniques to increase knowledge of the Catholic faith and ministries in Africa.

Alumnae workshop participants decided on a fitting theme for the workshop: Human Resource Management and Labor Laws.

Sisters Discuss Human Resource Management and Labor Laws at Alumnae Workshop Zambia

4 months ago: [Zambia] "Human resource management and labor laws" was the theme discussed by of Zambia alumnae from January 3-5, 2018 at the annual alumnae workshop in Lusaka.

Some of the HESA graduating sisters pose for a photo with Sr. Clementina Obembe, OSF, ASEC Regional Director – West Africa.

First class of Nigerian HESA students graduate from Veritas University

6 months ago: [Nigeria] 14 HESA Sisters graduate from Veritas University, Abuja in Nigeria. Sr. Lois Moses, SSL received three awards during the ceremonies.

Sr Irene and participants of Finance II pray for ASEC's new Executive Director, Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG.

New ASEC Executive Director Addresses SLDI Participants in Uganda

7 months ago: [Uganda] New ASEC Executive Director, Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG visited and addressed SLDI Finance II participants on October 13, 2017.

Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG with Mr. Julius Ahimisimbwe, facilitator of the SLDI Finance II workshop, at the ARU Secretariat in Kampala, Uganda.

Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG named new ASEC Executive Director

7 months ago: [Uganda, USA] A warm ASEC welcome to our newly appointed ASEC Executive Director, Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. Sr. Draru began her position in the Scranton USA offices on Monday, November 20, 2017.

Sisters pose with children from the St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Centre in Chezi, Dowa during the SLDI workshop field trip. At St. Mary's, sisters of Mary Mediatrix are taking care of malnourished children and orphans.

Catholic sisters participate in financial management training in Malawi

7 months ago: [Malawi] Catholic sisters drawn from 15 congregations within Malawi, Kenya and Zimbabwe participated in a month long SLDI financial management training.

Sr. Florence will be performing research at CARA from September 2017 - March 2018.

2nd Visiting Scholar Arrives at CARA for Research Fellowship

8 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Florence Emurayeveya, EHJ arrived at Georgetown University this month for her six month research fellowship with The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). She plans to visit ASEC Headquarters in December.

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