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Sisters in Kenya pose with girls of Cheshire Home in Limuru Kenya, where HESA alumna Sr. Anne Kamene (front, second from left) serves as Director.

4 Inspirational Homes in Africa Where Catholic Sisters Are Supporting Those with Disabilities

6 days ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, USA] Catholic nuns from ASEC programs are using their educational training to support people with disabilities at facilities throughout Africa.

Service Learning participant Kirsten Gillern shares her experience at Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre, where she donated over 200 instruments for special needs children at the centre.

Service learning participant donates musical instruments to Ghanian children with special needs

2 weeks ago: [Ghana, USA] Service Learning participant reflects on her volunteer experience and sharing her love of music with children with special needs in Ghana.

Service learning participants and mentors have an unforgettable experience in Ghana.

Volunteering in Ghana: An Unforgettable Experience

6 months ago: [Ghana] Service Learning participant reflects on his volunteering experience at schools and a rehabilitation center in Ghana, West Africa.

Mgolole Orphanage Center, Tanzania is run by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters. It's known locally as

Helping orphans in Tanzania see a brighter tomorrow

8 months ago: [Tanzania] Sr. Efrosina and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters provide love and comfort to orphans in Tanzania, giving them hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) Sisters caring for orphans at Mgolole Orphanage Centre in Morogoro, Tanzania.

Orphans of God

9 months ago: [Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda] Across Africa, Catholic nuns are providing help and hope for orphaned children facing psychosocial distress, economic hardship, withdrawal from school, malnutrition and illness.

One of the sites for the 2019 Service Learning trip to Ghana is the Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre for children and adults with diabilities. Photo courtesy of padrepio-rehab.com

Service trip to volunteer in Ghana scheduled for 2019

more than a year ago.: [Ghana] In May 2019, volunteers from Chestnut Hill College and Marywood University will spend three weeks volunteering in schools and rehabilitation centers in the west African nation of Ghana under the auspices of ASEC.

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

Volunteering in Tanzania changed my life

more than a year 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.

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

more than a year ago.: [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’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

more than a year 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.

Students experienced many iconic African moments during the Service Learning trip, such as looking out over the Great Rift Valley where some of the earliest human fossils have been found.

ASEC Service Learning Trip provides a glimpse of the real-world development work happening in Africa

more than a year ago.: [Kenya] What surprised me most about my learning during the service trip to Kenya was how unaware I had been about the obvious successes of Catholic sisters in helping the poor become educated, seize economic opportunities, and to lead healthier lives.

Service Learning students pose for a group photo during their service at St. Martin's Feeding Program.

Kenya & Africa in a Globalizing World: Service Learning Trip to Kenya 2017, a reflection

more than a year ago.: [Kenya] Not only do I want to thank ASEC for arranging this eclectic program and allowing me and my group to see the many aspects of a developing country, but I will be ever grateful for the friends I made, because our relationships and interactions made such a powerful impression.

Rhinos graze in a field against the backdrop of the Nairobi skyline.

ASEC Service Learning Trip to Kenya 2017: a Reflection

more than a year ago.: [Kenya] 8 students from Marywood University & Chestnut Hill College attended a 3-week service trip to Kenya this summer. They provided service at various sites, including a refugee center, a hospital, a home for street boys, and an orphanage for both physically and mentally disabled children.

A Life-Changing Experience - ASEC's Service Learning Program

A Life-Changing Experience - ASEC's Service Learning Program

more than a year ago.: [Tanzania] Marywood student Nadine Burton reflects on her experience in the service learning program by describing the experience as "life-changing."

Service Learning students make donations for Bigwa fish pond

Service Learning students make donations for Bigwa fish pond

more than a year ago.: [Tanzania] After the Service Learning trip in May 2012, a service learning student donated funds for a second fish pond at Bigwa.

Service Learning Student Donates a Cow to the Bigwa School

Service Learning Student Donates a Cow to the Bigwa School

more than a year ago.: [Tanzania] As a result of her life-changing experience visiting the Bigwa Secondary School, one Service Learning student donated $1,000 to purchase a cow so that the students at the Bigwa School could benefit.

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