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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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

Yesterday: [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.

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.

HESA students graduate from Tangaza College, Kenya (May, 2018).

Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program, 2018 year in review

last week: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] A year in review of the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. Read HESA news, graduation announcements, student achievements and program growth as HESA Phase II Year 2 comes to a close.

Students of Usratuna Primary School in Juba, South Sudan are overjoyed to receive new school supplies.

Grant awarded to ASEC to support children in South Sudan

2 months ago: [SouthSudan] Through a grant from the Hilton Foundation, ASEC is providing education and supplies to children in camp sites in South Sudan.

Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB of Zambia

3rd Visiting Scholar arrives at CARA for research fellowship

3 months ago: [Zambia, USA] Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB of Zambia is the third sister scholar accepted for a six month research fellowship to learn applied research skills in the apostolate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.

ASEC Programs Coordinators Sr. Teresa Mulenga, Malawi and Sr. Juliana Chibaula Zulu, Zambia brainstorming together at the Partners Workshop.

Partners Workshops held to plan the next phase of SLDI program

5 months ago: [Ghana, Kenya] Partners Workshops held in Kenya and Ghana bring together SLDI stakeholders to discuss the future of the SLDI program.

Catholic sisters share their creative farming and agro-business solutions like; mushroom farming in small spaces, community agriculture training programs and the use of sustainable energy sources, like biogas, in their agriculture projects.

Sisters use sustainable agriculture to stop hunger in Africa

5 months ago: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia] African women religious are using sustainable agriculture to solve problems like malnutrition and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2018, 46 students graduated from Bigwa Seminary Secondary School in Tanzania. 29 of those students were able to graduate because of the ASEC two year Bigwa scholarship.

Scholarshop recipients graduate from Bigwa Secondary School

6 months ago: [Tanzania] A celebration is held for the 2018 graduating class and the 50th Anniversary of the Bigwa Seminary Secondary School.

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

7 months 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 Advisory Board members pose with ASEC staff (April 25, 2018).

2018 ASEC Annual Board Meetings take place at Marywood University

7 months ago: [USA] April 25-26, 2018: ASEC’s annual Advisory Board and Board of Directors Meetings took place at ASEC USA headquarters located on Marywood University’s campus in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.

Students and sisters planting pine trees together.

Planting a successful future

7 months ago: [Zambia] Sr. Clementine Phiri uses her experience with the SLDI program to help spread the word about caring for the environment.

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

7 months 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.

On Tuesday, January 16, ASEC signed a framework of reference with The Catholic University of Easter Africa (CUEA) to renew their commitment to empower Catholic sisters through education. The FOR was signed on CUEA's campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

ASEC renews partnership with CUEA

8 months ago: [Kenya] ASEC renews partnership with CUEA through a Framework of Reference (FOR) to continue to support the education of religious sisters in Africa.

Women Religious pray for national security

NCWR Day of Prayer for National Security

9 months ago: [Nigeria] The Nigeria Conference of Women Religious (NCWR) dedicated a day to praying for a resolution to the injustices happening within the country.

Dr. Jon Wiggins and Sr. Florence writing a report at CARA.

African Visiting Scholar participates in research fellowship at CARA

9 months ago: [Nigeria] A fellowship at Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) is teaching Sr. Florence how to apply research techniques to increase knowledge of the Catholic faith and ministries in Africa.

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