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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The Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU) through the lens of ASEC programs.

Faith and Development: A Celebration of ARU at 50

3 days ago: [Uganda] ASEC Executive Director reflects on our partnership with the Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU) in celebration of ARU's golden jubilee.

Sr. Veronica addressing beneficiaries on economic empowerment.

Preventing HIV/AIDS in Nigeria through economic empowerment

2 weeks ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Veronica, a humanitarian aid worker, has trained over 250 beneficiaries, providing opportunities through her economic empowerment program, as a means to prevent more cases of HIV/AIDS.

Improving women's education in Nigeria

Improving women's education in Nigeria

last month: [Nigeria] As Nigeria struggles to educate and keep girls in schools, religious sisters have taken matters into their own hands, working to improve access to education in Nigeria.

SLDI alumna, Sr. Immaculate, obtained funding for a library and science laboratory as well as learning materials to fill both of them.

Saving the world through Quality Education (SDG 4)

2 months ago: [Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda] Sisters across Africa recognize that there is no better way to use their education than to share it, and that is exactly what they are doing.

To ensure health and wellness for all, we all have to take action. That's why so many of ASEC alumnae projects focus on SDG 3: Good health and well-being.

Saving the world through Health and Wellness (SDG3)

2 months ago: [Cameroon, Nigeria] While saving the world may seem like an impossible feat to some people, religious sisters across Africa are taking on projects that promote good health and wellness. Through SLDI alumnae projects, approximately $1.65 million in contributions have been made to sustainable development goal 3, which promotes health and wellness.

The effects of climate change in Nigeria

The effects of climate change in Nigeria

3 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Elizabeth discusses how climate change in Nigeria is dramatically altering the way Nigerians will live now and in the future.

HESA participants take part in a group discussion during the orientation conducted in Mwanza, Tanzania (Oct. 20-23, 2017).

The Ripple Effect of ASEC Programs in Tanzania

3 months ago: [Tanzania] A reflection on ASEC programs in Tanzania, what it means for sisters and how the "ripple effect" benefits to the entire country.

Sr. Cecilia and other ASEC participants from Zambia graduating from the SLDI Program, Finance Track (December, 2015).

Improving the capacity of African sisters in managing financial resources

4 months ago: [Zambia] The finance and resource mobilization skills learned in the SLDI program has enabled Sr. Cecilia to secure funding for a finance workshop that attracted 45 sisters from over 20 congregations.

Veritas University, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing private universities is situated at the heart of Bwari, outskirts of Abuja in Nigeria. The university, owned by the Catholic Church, has three faculties with eight departments. ASEC partnered with Veritas University in 2015 for sisters to studying through the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) Program. Through this partnership sisters can select from various bachelor's’ degree programs relevant to their ministries, such as education, accounting, political science and diplomacy.

Being and Doing: a Higher-Ed Journey

4 months ago: [Nigeria] After completing one-year of higher education online, Sr. Elizabeth is now studying at Veritas Catholic University in Nigeria with her colleagues.

During the SLDI Finance workshop session in Zambia sisters learned how to prepare a balance sheet.

African sisters benefit from finance workshops

4 months ago: [Tanzania, Zambia] Two sisters share how the SLDI finance workshops have helped them personally and their ministries.

The Woman Who Touched the Heart of God

The Woman Who Touched the Heart of God

5 months ago: [Nigeria] A reflection on the story of Jesus healing the woman with the hemorrhage and how it relates to the suffering person.

The power of honesty

The power of honesty

5 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Sarah reminds us to be honest like children. A reflection on the importance of honesty and what it can bring to you.

Women Religious pray for national security

NCWR Day of Prayer for National Security

5 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.

Sr. Imelda, Sr. Mary Kenyesigye and Sr. Mary Nalule pose for a photo after graduation from CUEA through ASEC's HESA program (November, 2017).

Using education to teach others

5 months ago: [Uganda] Sr. Mary Nalule writes thanking ASEC for helping her to achieve her dream of studying Education to achieve her dream of becoming a school teacher.

Nigerian sister students attending the annual HESA Reflective Learning seminar at the Institute for Formators, Du, Jos, northern Nigeria in June 2017.

Nigerian Sisters learn stress management strategies during the annual HESA Reflective Learning seminar

5 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Elizabeth reflects on the annual HESA Reflective Learning workshop held in Nigeria and was grateful to learn from others experiences coping with stress and making good use of time.

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