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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Every day, Sr. Matilda and her congregation are working towards equality for all people, especially children. Here are some of the girls they care for, including two sisters, Margaret and Cecilia.

Fighting for social justice and the well-being of African children in poverty

last month: [Zambia] Sr. Matilda discusses how being a "Good Samaritan" saved two young girls who were abandoned by their father at an early age.

Efficient, confident and competent in her accountant career

Efficient, confident and competent in her accountant career

2 months ago: [Tanzania] Sr. Florida receives two promotions in her accountant career after completing her ASEC-sponsored education.

Sr. Caroline was asked to facilitate a workshop for junior sisters preparing for perpetual vows. The topic she presented about was

Confidence gained from an education leads to facilitating a workshop

2 months ago: [Kenya] By participating in the HESA program, Sr. Caroline gained the confidence she would not have had otherwise to facilitate a 2 day workshop for the 25 junior sisters gracefully and with confidence.

Dreamer

Dreamer

2 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Irene Kwena once thought that her dreams were out of reach but thanks to ASEC's HESA program she is learning that is far from the truth.

A Moment to Cherish

A Moment to Cherish

3 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Margaret Wamae, FIHM, reflects on the day she began her journey as an ASEC beneficiary.

Sr. Juliana in class.

Education is the gift that keeps giving

3 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Juliana is using the skills she acquired from ASEC's SLDI administrative track to help give presentations to others on how to better their lives and achieve their goals.

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

3 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.

The CNDK sisters holding garments from their clothing and fabric manufacturing business in Huruma Rombo, Tanzania.

CDNK sisters use talents and skills to build a sustainable congregation

5 months ago: [Tanzania] The CDNK sisters are living proof that through quality education and a willing spirit for hard work, African sisters can sustain their congregations, serve their communities and bring about positive attitudes in the fight against poverty.

Volunteering in Tanzania through ASEC's Service Learning program changed her life.

Volunteering in Tanzania changed my life

6 months ago: [Tanzania, USA] Marywood University alumna Emily Schweiger reflects on volunteering in Tanzania through ASEC's Service Learning Program and its effects on her life.

Members of a farmer support group pose with Sr. Teresa for a photo. She spearheaded a project to train nearly 50 farmers in new farming technology to help reduce food shortages in Gwaza Village in Dedza, Malawi. Of course, Sr. Teresa sent this photo along to funder of this project so they could see the impact their donation has made. This is key to donor retention.

Donor retention strategies to win donor confidence

7 months ago: [Malawi] Sr. Teresa shares how she won the confidence of her donors and how donor retention plays an important role in receiving funding for multiple projects that can benefit the community.

Since 2002, the Sisters of St. Therese have been providing victim-offender prison care support alongside other employees and volunteers. The sisters work tirelessly to ensure the respect of the rights of inmates and a smooth reintegration into society. The sisters use a holistic approach to prison pastoral care. Here, they pose with inmates and their children at a Christmas party they organized.

Sisters fighting corruption and injustice in Africa

7 months ago: [Cameroon, Kenya] SLDI and HESA alumnae are using their education to stop corruption and injustice in Africa by promoting peace, justice and strong institutions.

142 students of Ntcheu Roman Catholic Primary School, Malawi, are planting trees in Africa.

Primary school students planting trees in Africa

7 months ago: [Malawi] Sr. Bertha teaches nearly 150 primary school students in Ntcheu, Malawi how to plant and care for trees and protect our precious environment.

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

Faith and Development: A Celebration of ARU at 50

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

Improving women's education in Nigeria

Improving women's education in Nigeria

9 months ago: [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)

10 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.

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