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.

Thanks to Sr. Immaculata, the library now serves over 3,000 students and staff. Through the power of reading, children now have access to books filled with knowledge.

Library builds minds and improves literacy in Nigeria

last month: [Nigeria] Sr. Immaculata works to improve the literacy rate in Nigeria by obtaining funds to construct a children's library and the learning materials to fill it.

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.

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.

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.

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

5 months 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. Jane teaches her sawdust briquette recipe to the women in her community. It has long been a dream of these women to find an alternative to firewood.

This sawdust briquette recipe solves a common problem for women in rural Africa

5 months ago: [Malawi] In the forests of Malawi, women walk long distances to find dry wood for cooking and heating their homes. But, Sr. Jane's innovative idea solves this common problem and now she's teaching the recipe women in her community.

Sr. Olivia with a newborn infant and mother at the health clinic.

The challenges of consent and respect for all human life

5 months ago: [SouthSudan] Sr. Olivia's faith in God, internal strength and education all play important roles in protecting and defending the lives of unborn children carried by young rape victims in a South Sudan health clinic.

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

6 months ago: [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.

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