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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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Executive Director, Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, tries her hand at baking bread during a staff site visit to Cabana Sisters' Bread Bakery in Uganda. The Cabana Bakery is run by SLDI and HESA alumna Sr. Maria Theopista Namigga and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix (IHMR) Sisters.

Catholic Nuns Building Businesses across Africa

2 days ago: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda] Entrepreneurial Catholic Sisters are building businesses across Africa to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized.

Through the foundation of their education, ASEC and SLDI alumnae consistently provide a stable foundation for the building up of other women and their surrounding communities. Here, SLDI alumna Sr. Judith Mwango, FMDM, is winnowing with local women farmers in Zambia.

Nuns in Africa spearhead women's empowerment projects

last month: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria] Catholic Sisters in Africa are using education to empower women and work toward gender equality.

Over 90 million (nearly 11%) of the undernourished population are children under five years old.

Catholic Nuns Improve Food Security in Africa

2 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, SouthSudan, Uganda] In Africa, severe food insecurity and undernourishment is on the rise. But, educated Nuns are changing that reality for the communities they serve.

Despite the justice issues affecting sub-Saharan Africa, alumnae of ASEC’s programs are dedicated to changing the region’s narrative on advocacy and human rights.

Justice for All - Nuns advocate for the rights of the marginalized in Africa

3 months ago: [Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria] SLDI and HESA alumnae are at the forefront of social change and the promotion of justice, as they address injustice in their communities.

Sr. Monica and Sr. Imelda received promotions to head teachers upon receiving education degrees through ASEC’s Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program.

Nuns promoting holistic education at Kikyusa schools in Uganda

3 months ago: [Uganda] Quality education, community support and strong leadership results in a thriving student body led by Srs. Monica and Imelda.

Sr. Philomena Aboagye-Danso, FST (center), received an award as the overall best graduating student at the Catholic University College of Ghana, where she studied education.

Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program, 2019 year in review

4 months ago: [] 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.

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of Catholic nuns in Africa increased by 22%.

A Growing Sisterhood in Africa

4 months ago: [USA] The sisterhood is growing in Africa and ASEC strives to meet the educational needs of Catholic nuns who are serving Africa's poor and vulnerable.

Mgolole Orphanage Center, Tanzania is run by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters. It's known locally as

Helping orphans in Tanzania see a brighter tomorrow

5 months ago: [Tanzania] Sr. Efrosina and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters provide love and comfort to orphans in Tanzania, giving them hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) Sisters caring for orphans at Mgolole Orphanage Centre in Morogoro, Tanzania.

Orphans of God

6 months ago: [Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda] Across Africa, Catholic nuns are providing help and hope for orphaned children facing psychosocial distress, economic hardship, withdrawal from school, malnutrition and illness.

Sisters from ASEC programs invite you to take a serious look at what you can do to better care for our environment. Ask yourself what mark you are leaving on the face of Mother Earth. What action can you take to erase that mark?

Unmarking Mother Earth; Sisters solve environmental issues in Africa

7 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia] Sisters are dedicated to solving the serious environmental issues facing Africa today, leaving the world in better condition than how they received it.

90% of the children attending the school where Sr. Mary Mukuha, FMI ministers did not have a desk. A lack of basic facilities, such as desks, contributes to an inability to facilitate effective learning.

A classroom without desks in rural Kenya

7 months ago: [Kenya] A lack of desks for school students remains a serious problem in rural areas in Kenya. But, Sr. Mary is changing that for students of Fr. Anthony Pagani Primary School.

ASEC staff and partners visit to Kikyusa Primary & Secondary schools in Kikyusa, Uganda, run by the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross (MHC).

ASEC staff visit alumnae projects in Uganda

7 months ago: [Uganda] ASEC staff and partners visit several ASEC alumnae projects in Uganda to learn more about how ASEC programs are helping Sisters in their ministry work and service to the poor and marginalized:

Soon after graduating from ASEC's SLDI program, Sr. Elizabeth Kasanga was promoted to be Assistant Headmistress of the Corradini Pre and Primary School in Morogoro, Tanzania.

Teachers in Africa battle educational poverty

8 months ago: [Ghana, Kenya, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Zambia] Across Africa, Catholic Sisters battle educational poverty and so much more as they mold the minds of the future generation.

HESA partners from 10 countries traveled to Uganda for the first HESA conference held June 19-23 in Uganda. Here, ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. (left) joins HESA partners from Cameroon for a photo.

First HESA Partners Conference takes place in Uganda

8 months ago: [Uganda] ASEC held its inaugural HESA Partners Conference June 19-23, 2019, at the Speke Resort Munyonyo and Conference Center in Kampala, Uganda.

As they develop skills in areas relevant to their ministries and congregations, participants of ASEC's Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program build their capacity to act as servant leaders and role models. Photo of SLDI Finance I workshop particpants in Uganda (July, 2018)

8 characteristics of servant leaders (with examples and quotes)

8 months ago: [USA] The 8 characteristics of servant leaders and quotes from true servant leaders that emphasize the impact of education on servant leadership.

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