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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Life has transformed in shops, farms and workshops since students joined the workforce early.

The positive impact of school boycotts for the youth of Cameroon

2 days ago: [Cameroon] Because of the school strike in Cameroon, many students have entered the workforce at an early age. This has had both positive and negative impacts on the the trade and fashion industries. One thing is for sure, things will never be the same because of it.

Fighting corruption: a prophetic role of women religious in Malawi

last week: [Malawi] Sr. Teresa reflects on a recent SLDI finance workshop, explaining how skills gained through ASEC programs are a positive step towards fighting corruption in Malawi and other parts of Africa.

Sr. Dorice with the children after teaching catechism.

The story of Caroline and Doreen

4 weeks ago: [Malawi] 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 month: [Tanzania] 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.

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

last month: [Nigeria] 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.

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: [Tanzania] 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.

Students of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Girl's Secondary School in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. This project started in 2005 with two sisters and  Sr. Celina Adegun, SSMA, an SLDI alumna who served as the school principal until 2015. Since inception three more SLDI alumnae served at the school; Sr. Marcelina Bamisaye, SSMA as Vice President, Sr. Agnes Ayedun, SSMA as Bursar, and Sr. Benedicta Tokede, SSMA as a classroom teacher.

Morality and Education

2 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Elizabeth reflects on the importance of educators as role models to their students and the importance of teaching values and morality in schools.

Malawian sisters in the SLDI program practicing computer skills in class.

The SLDI program: a tool for transformation for sisters in Malawi.

2 months ago: [Malawi] Confidence and skilled gained through the SLDI program have transformed the lives of many sisters in Malawi.

Sr. Yvette Sam (left) with a handful of Students of St. Marys’ Catholic Comprehensive College, Ndop.

The true mark of great leadership is what happens after the leader leaves the scene

2 months ago: [Cameroon] Sr. Yvette's SLDI training made her realize it was not too late to start raising the next generation of leaders.

Teachers demonstrate care and love to children while they are at school.

Education is the key to eradicating poverty in Africa

2 months ago: [Tanzania] In this reflection of the International day of Family, Sr. Veronika discusses how providing high quality education from the family level to higher institutions can eliminate poverty in African societies.

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