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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Father Christmas gives gifts and spreads Christmas joy to internally displaced children of Cameroon.

"Holiday Hope" for internally displaced children in Cameroon

2 days ago: [Cameroon] Sr. Louisa is using skills learned in ASEC's SLDI program to bring holiday cheer to displaced children in war-torn Cameroon.

Sr. Mary Frimpong visits with a mother and her premature baby, who was born at 7 months. The mother was at the hospital's Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre, which helps educate families how to cook nutritious and balanced meals. Photo Credit: Global Sisters Report

Patient dignity comes first at healthcare facility in Ghana

last week: [Ghana] Optometry Nurse and Catholic Nun Sr. Mary Frimpong follows in Jesus' footsteps with a special emphasis on patient dignity in her healthcare ministry in Ghana.

Sr. Hellen Matchado is improving nutrition and food security in Malawi for pregnant women. Here, she's seen feeding a malnourished child and demonstrating positive parenting to new mothers.

Improving food security in Malawi for new mothers

2 weeks ago: [Malawi] Sr. Hellen is using skills learned in ASEC's SLDI program to ease the stress of motherhood affecting women across Malawi.

Many people living in sub-Saharan Africa are afraid to begin life anew due to disease, poverty and lack of resources. Catholic Sisters bring renewed hope to poor and marginalized communities across Africa.

Sisters renew hope in Africa for the poor and marginalized

3 weeks ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Uganda] ASEC educates religious women who are renewing hope in Africa for poor and marginalized communities. Catholic Sisters provide hope in Africa many people living who are afraid to begin life anew due to disease, poverty and lack of resources.

Catholic Sisters aren’t ‘just’ building infrastructure in Africa. They are building hope in communities where hope does not exist.

Sisters Build Hope by improving infrastructure in Africa

4 weeks ago: [Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania] Catholic Sisters are using their education to build infrastructure in Africa as they work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 (SDG 9): Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

The presence of Sr. Stephany Ayomah, Sisters of Mary Immaculate (SMI), is vital to the rural community of Ordorme, Nanumba North district, Ghana.

Improving nutrition, reducing poverty and creating jobs in Ghana

last month: [Ghana] Sr. Stephany's human development projects are improving nutrition, reducing poverty and creating jobs in Ghana.

Sr. Benedicta Anslem is rebuilding Tanzania infrastructure through her grant writing skills and construction projects. She's always looking for ways to get involved in her service work.

Rebuilding Tanzania infrastructure, one brick at a time

last month: [Tanzania] Sr. Benedicta Anslem is improving infrastructure and building hope in Tanzania, one brick at a time.

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. Lucy Chemutai Yego's new role as a school bursar was a challenge until she began ASEC's SLDI finance program.

When the teacher becomes the student

2 months ago: [SouthSudan] When Sr. Lucy arrived at the school she was eager to help mold young minds, but she never imagined that, in the end, it was her mind that would be molded.

After three years (2016-2018) of learning to skills to better serve their communities and congregations, 95 religious women from across Nigeria graduated from the SLDI program with the drive to put their new skills into action.

A day to remember

2 months ago: [Nigeria] Ninety-five religious women from congregations across Nigeria graduate from ASEC's Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program.

Sr. Faustina and her SLDI Finance track classmates take a field trip to a nearby sustainable farm in Uganda.

From computer illiterate to empowered accounts manager

3 months ago: [Uganda] Find out how Sr. Faustina Khaoya is using her ASEC-sponsored education to help revamp her congregation's economy.

Participants of the Pontifical Missionary Children (PMC) children's program.

Financing the Future Generation

3 months ago: [SouthSudan, Uganda] Find out how Sr. Agnes Manzede Freda is using her ASEC sponsored education to help support a children's program in Uganda.

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.

This year alone, ASEC facilitated a total of 36 SLDI Workshops in ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Above are some of our SLDI students from Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Nigeria.

Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program, 2018 year in review

4 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, USA] A year in review of the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program. Read about milestones, news and experiences from 2018 as SLDI Phase IV, Year 3 comes to a close.

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