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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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.

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

4 weeks 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.

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.

Sr. Faith Kamau and her group of children after playing sports at Nyumbani Village.

HESA student uses skills to help orphans in Kenya

2 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Faith Kamau, HESA student, is using her education to help the children and residents of the Nyumbani Village orphanage.

The balance of schoolwork and recreational activities at Kenya children's home, Kwetu Home of Peace, keeps the boys happy and eager to learn. So while they learn subjects like English, they can still participate in some of their favorite activities, including gymnastics and singing.

Help and hope for homeless boys in Kenya

5 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Felistas combs the slums of Nairobi, Kenya in search of poor, orphaned street boys in need of a home.

Students of agriculture work in the tomato garden with their teacher. Students learn to weed, thin and harvest crops such as tomatoes, maize, sweet potatoes, cabbages and eggplants.

Educating young girls in Northern Uganda

6 months ago: [Uganda] With leadership skills learned in SLDI & HESA, Sr. Petronilla is providing quality, holistic education to girls in Northern Uganda.

HESA participants take part in a group discussion during the orientation conducted in Mwanza, Tanzania (Oct. 20-23, 2017).

The Ripple Effect of ASEC Programs in Tanzania

7 months ago: [Tanzania] A reflection on ASEC programs in Tanzania, what it means for sisters and how the "ripple effect" benefits to the entire country.

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.

Veritas University, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing private universities is situated at the heart of Bwari, outskirts of Abuja in Nigeria. The university, owned by the Catholic Church, has three faculties with eight departments. ASEC partnered with Veritas University in 2015 for sisters to studying through the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) Program. Through this partnership sisters can select from various bachelor's’ degree programs relevant to their ministries, such as education, accounting, political science and diplomacy.

Being and Doing: a Higher-Ed Journey

8 months ago: [Nigeria] After completing one-year of higher education online, Sr. Elizabeth is now studying at Veritas Catholic University in Nigeria with her colleagues.

From Left to Right: Sr. Christine Phiri, Sampa Kalungu, Sr. Mwila Hachoofwe (center), Mr. Adam Daka, Sr. Prisca Phiri

Preparing for success through HESA orientation

8 months ago: [Zambia] Sisters gathered at the Kalundu Study Center in Zambia to begin the journey to achieve their Master’s degrees. Sr. Christine Phiri, Sr. Prisca Phiri and Sr. Mwila Hachoofwe spoke about how orientation prepared them for success.

Sr. Imelda, Sr. Mary Kenyesigye and Sr. Mary Nalule pose for a photo after graduation from CUEA through ASEC's HESA program (November, 2017).

Using education to teach others

9 months ago: [Uganda] Sr. Mary Nalule writes thanking ASEC for helping her to achieve her dream of studying Education to achieve her dream of becoming a school teacher.

Nigerian sister students attending the annual HESA Reflective Learning seminar at the Institute for Formators, Du, Jos, northern Nigeria in June 2017.

Nigerian Sisters learn stress management strategies during the annual HESA Reflective Learning seminar

9 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Elizabeth reflects on the annual HESA Reflective Learning workshop held in Nigeria and was grateful to learn from others experiences coping with stress and making good use of time.

Alumnae workshop participants decided on a fitting theme for the workshop: Human Resource Management and Labor Laws.

Sisters Discuss Human Resource Management and Labor Laws at Alumnae Workshop Zambia

9 months ago: [Zambia] "Human resource management and labor laws" was the theme discussed by of Zambia alumnae from January 3-5, 2018 at the annual alumnae workshop in Lusaka.

Caroline Bonareri Tirisa shows the sisters how to make liquid soap.

Sisters Learn New Skill: Liquid Soap Making

10 months ago: [Uganda] Sisters in Uganda learn how to raise money by making soap and books at the annual alumnae workshop.

Sisters attending the HESA orientation at Veritas University during group discussion.

HESA orientations take place in Nigeria

10 months ago: [Nigeria] Orientation took place in September 2017 for sisters in the HESA program studying at Veritas University and Sacred Heart School of Nursing.

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