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ASEC is serving Catholic 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.

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Catholic nuns who have graduated from ASEC's programs have created over 3,800+ jobs in underserved African communities. Here, members of a women's group created by Sr. Stephany learn the skill of soap-making, which will give them the ability to create income for their families.

The Unlikely Women Creating Jobs and Reducing Poverty in Africa

last week: [Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda] ASEC program participants are applying their education and skills to create and sustain jobs across Africa.

As a trauma survivor herself, Sr. Judith uses her experiences & expertise to help victims and perpetrators of SGBV heal.

Helping Survivors Heal from Trauma in Northern Uganda

3 weeks ago: [Uganda] Sr. Judith received a grant to start the Capacitar Trauma Healing project in response to the effects of war crimes & cultural acceptance of sexual & gender-based violence (SGBV) in Northern Uganda.

Sisters Josephine, Gisele and Anne are providing holistic education for students in Kenya.

Holistic Education & Life Skill Development in Kenya

last month: [Kenya] After three Kenyan sisters received their training and education through ASEC, they needed ensure students' needs were met holistically in order to successfully provide a formal education.

Sustainable Development Goal 5, Target 5.3, aims to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation by 2030.

4 Women Changing the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Narrative in Africa

last month: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda] 4 Catholic sisters whose service work is helping to prevent and reduce sexual and gender-based violence in Africa.

Clockwise, from top left: Alumnae workshop in Kenya (Feb. 2020). Sr. Victoria Ajio, MSBVM, attending a South Sudan SLDI Finance workshop. Sisters in Cameroon receive laptops during an Administration workshop. Tanzanian sisters receive books at a 2020 Administration workshop.

Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) Program, 2020 Year in Review

2 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 2020 as SLDI Phase V begins.

Sr. Christabel, an SLDI student in Uganda, works from a tent on her congregation's farm to get the best internet connectivity.

COVID-19 Highlights the Importance of Educating Catholic Sisters

3 months ago: [Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, USA] Throughout the pandemic, sisters are doing what they always do: they get the job done. Their problem solving skills and resilience are exactly what the world needs right now.

Sr. Augustina (center) with students of Mazenod High School in Maseru, Lesotho.

Girls' High School in Lesotho Thrives Under Sister's Stewardship

4 months ago: [Lesotho] “[SLDI] has helped me a great deal because I couldn't stand in front of different stakeholders and, you know, address them on issues. ASEC gave me the courage and stance to say, ‘Yeah this is what has to be done.’ For that, I’m grateful.”

Thanks to the Dominican Sisters, Holy Trinity Girls Secondary School is a place where students can live comfortable and flourish in their studies. But it wasn't always this way.

Sisters Improve School Conditions for Girls in Zambia

4 months ago: [Zambia] Resource mobilization and project proposal writing skills learned in SLDI enable Sr. Christine to improve conditions at a girls’ boarding school in Zambia

SLDI & HESA participant Sr. Teopista is the supervisor of a Ugandan bread bakery, supplying 70-80 loaves of bread per day to schools, hotels, supermarkets and the local community. During an site visit to the bakery, she gave ASEC staff a tour of the bakery and explained the bread-making process (June, 2019).

Bread Bakery Brings Employment, Skill Building and Food Supply to Ugandan Community

4 months ago: [Uganda] The education Sr. Teopista gained through both SLDI and HESA help a bakery to thrive and provide nourishment to a Ugandan community.

Your donation will help to prepare sisters in Africa to be educated and confident leaders. Donate to the education of a sister today.

Learning to Lead

5 months ago: [Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Through education, Catholic sisters are becoming some of the top leaders bringing positive changes throughout Africa.

SLDI participants  of Administration Track visit school children in Fukayosi Villiage in Tanzania.

The Impact on Education in Africa - ASEC Special Evaluation Report

5 months ago: [USA] How alumnae of ASEC's SLDI and HESA programs are impacting ministries in primary and secondary education in Africa.

Catholic sisters are using their ASEC-sponsored education to provide healthcare and medical services to Africa's poor and vulnerable. Here, Sr. Monica Kissoly, SCC, an SLDI alumna in Tanzania, attends to a newborn baby at a women & children's clinic at Holy Cross Health Centre in Morogoro.

Women Religious are Healing Africa Through Health and Wellness

6 months ago: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Catholic sisters are providing much needed health and wellness services throughout Africa.

Determined, Resilient, Aids-Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) project, is made possible through the collaboration of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Lesotho, USAID and Catholic Relief Services.

"DREAMS" Program Reduces HIV/AIDS Among Young Women and Girls in Lesotho

6 months ago: [Lesotho] SLDI alumna Sr. Anacletta implements a program to increase access to HIV/AIDS services and reduce the number of new HIV/AIDS cases among adolescent girls and young women in Lesotho.

You can help improve and sustain the vitality of congregations of women religious in Africa by supporting a sister’s ASEC-sponsored education now.

Sisters Sustaining Sisters: Bring Vitality to Communities of Women Religious in Africa

7 months ago: [Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia] Congregations of Catholic sisters in Africa are being strengthened from within through ASEC programs.

A successful grant proposal by ASEC staff member Sr. Teresa Mulenga, TS, provides members of 5 HIV/AIDS support groups in Malawi with sanitation materials like tap buckets and soap. The members were also taught proper hand-washing techniques to keep them healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Catholic Sisters Serve Africa's Most Vulnerable During Global Pandemic

7 months ago: [Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria] Sisters from ASEC's programs are finding new and innovative ways to serve the poor and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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