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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.

Sr. Caroline Acha, SST, serves in a remote area of northwest Cameroon. Her ASEC education is helping her to overcome the many challenges facing her community.

Improving education and women’s empowerment in rural Cameroon

5 days ago: [Cameroon] Sr. Caroline uses her ASEC education to provide quality education for children and economic opportunities for marginalized women in rural Cameroon.

Srs. Gisele and Lucy developed a project to serve families living in urban poverty in the slums of Kenya. The project focuses on microloans for women, small business development and education of at-risk children.

Reducing poverty through microloans for women in Kenya

4 weeks ago: [Kenya] Srs. Gisele and Lucy are using the skills they learned in ASEC's SLDI program to provide microloans for Kenyan women living in urban poverty.

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.

Sr. Kevin Karimi, LSOSF successfully defended her defended her doctoral dissertation on Tuesday January 21, 2020 at Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Sr. Kevin Karimi, LSOSF, Successfully Defends Doctoral Research

2 months ago: [USA] Exploring Nontraditional leadership training on Catholic Sisters’ self-efficacy and latent potential for sustainable leadership skills development in Africa south of the Sahara.

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. Magdalena used her interpersonal relation skills to acquire much needed items for Alinafe Community Hospital in Malawi. She was promoted to her position as Administrator of the hospital after completing ASEC's SLDI program in 2018.

Filling healthcare gaps in Malawi

4 months ago: [Malawi] Sr. Magdalena uses her newfound skills to streamline hospital operations and improve patient care.

Catholic nuns from Nigeria participate in the SLDI program Basic Technology workshop where they learn computer skills to help them in their ministries.

Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program, 2019 year in review

4 months ago: [] A year in review of the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program. Read about milestones, news and experiences from 2019 as SLDI Phase IV 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.

A lack of clean water affects nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, the majority of which live in isolated rural areas. Water scarcity prevents many children, especially girls, from receiving an education.

Stream of Hope; clean water in Africa

5 months ago: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania] Catholic Nuns write grants and raise funds to support clean water projects in African communities.

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.

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.

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