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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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

last week: [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.

Presentation Secondary School, run by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) provides quality education to poor and vulnerable children in Zambia whose families are cannot afford tuition for their children.

Providing quality education to the poorest students in Zambia

3 weeks ago: [Zambia] Sr. Prema Anthony is using the education she received through ASEC to improve the quality of education for 1,700 students in Zambia.

Sr. Florence treated a baby suffering with malaria for 3 months. A healthy child brings hope to the nurse.

Going above and beyond to provide quality healthcare

last month: [SouthSudan, Uganda] Sr. Florence uses her nursing skills to care for her patients and her SLDI Finance training helps her to manage the clinic. Every single day she goes above and beyond to bring quality healthcare to the sick who need her.

In addition to being an educational facility, St. Mary High School grows crops and raises livestock such as poultry and pigs. The income-generating activities on the farm help to pay teacher salaries, maintain the school and feed the children.

Closing the loop with a recycling project

2 months ago: [Cameroon] Sr. Yvette's closed loop recycling project increases food production, manages waste and lifts the economic burden from her school during times of crisis in Cameroon.

Buildings at the Kasina Health Centre with solar panels on the roofs.

Solar project creates stable electricity for Malawian health centre

2 months ago: [Malawi] The country of Malawi struggles with several problems including an unstable power grid, so SLDI Alumni Sr. Stella decided to use Malawi's natural resources to power her congregation's health centre.

Large groups of people gathered for the free medical camp held in the rural village of Nyabwina, Uganda.

Medical Camp in Uganda treats nearly 2,000 in rural community

2 months ago: [Uganda] SLDI Alumni Sr. Nirmala wrote a successful grant to hold a free medical camp in rural Uganda helping nearly 2000 people.

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

2 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

2 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.

Agnes now volunteers with Sr. Sonia at the Ganya Health Center to help other youth living with an HIV positive diagnosis see that there is life and hope for them.

Youth in Malawi live with hope while HIV Positive

3 months ago: [Malawi] The story of Agnes, a young girl who was unaware she was HIV positive until the death of her mother and father. Agnes joined Sr. Sonia's support group where she learned how to deal with the stigma and challenges facing Malawian youth living with HIV.

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

Primary school students planting trees in Africa

3 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.

Capuchin Sisters of Blessed Mother Francesca Rubatto run a kindergarten and serve as administrators in a public primary school of 350 children. It's been difficult for the congregation to pay the teachers, but Sr. Leul's project is saving the community money through her project so they can pay the teachers' salaries.

Sustainable farming project to pay teacher salaries

4 months ago: [Cameroon] The sustainable farming / biogas project pays a portion of primary school teacher salaries, fights climate change and cuts down cost of living for the community.

A collection of photos from Ancilla Community Based Rehabilitation (ACBR), Ghana, show

Medical care and education for disabled children in Ghana

4 months ago: [Ghana] Sr. Joyce works with her congregation and the community to ensure that disabled children receive medical care, education and a chance at inclusive development in Ghana.

Sr. Veronica addressing beneficiaries on economic empowerment.

Preventing HIV/AIDS in Nigeria through economic empowerment

4 months 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.

SLDI participant Sr. Vera Ndifoin prepares to give a motivational speech to 100 women and children.

Participants of SLDI workshops discuss their achievements

4 months ago: [Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia] Several participants of SLDI workshops are using their education to help their congregations and communities.

SLDI alumna Sr. Grace Akpan, MMM administers malaria medicine to a patient at the St. Kizito Integrated Health Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. From January-March 2018, the clinic recorded over 700 confirmed cases of malaria.

Fighting malaria in Malawi

4 months ago: [Malawi] As malaria continues to be a leading cause of death in African countries, Sr. Grace Akpan of Malawi spends her time helping those infected.

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