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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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Sr. Lucy motivates and encourages child exam candidates in their education milestones.

First SLDI Participant Impacts Thousands Annually in Kenya

6 days ago: [Kenya] Utilizing skills from her SLDI training, Sr. Lucy Kanjira Kirichia, RGS, a member of the first SLDI cohort in 2007, has expanded to serving over 1,600 individuals, demonstrating the profound impact of her dedication and the SLDI program on her community.

HESA students pose for a photograph together.

Excellent Education: Celebrating HESA Graduation Ceremonies in 2023

last week: [Malawi, Tanzania] The Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program has helped education for women religious in Africa make strides, despite education for women in Africa facing significant barriers. In 2023, over 200 sisters graduated from HESA programs, overcoming challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and contributing to their communities’ development and gender equality.

Sr. Magreth Laurenti Amani, FSSB completing medical work.

Serving Across Contexts - Tanzania to the United States

2 weeks ago: [Tanzania] At the St. Joseph’s Center, Sr. Magreth currently serves as a Direct Support Professional, assisting in caring for adults and children with disabilities. She continues to utilize the knowledge and skills she gained from the ASEC Scholarship program and HESA on a daily basis. She feels grateful for the opportunity to serve across the globe and remains connected to the ASEC alumnae network, attending virtual ASEC Alumnae Workshops annually despite her placement in the United States.

Participating facilitators learn the impact of the SLDI program from SLDI alumnae.

Team Building- 2024 SLDI Partners Workshop in Tanzania

last month: [Tanzania] Networking, team building, and relationship building activities led to a successful 2024 SLDI Partners Workshop.

Because of improvements made to the Orphanage Centre of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, the children who are cared for there have an improved quality of life.

Transformation Over Time - Mgolole Orphanage

last month: [Tanzania] Over the past 7 years, the Orphanage Centre of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters in Tanzania has undergone an immense transformation.

ASEC’s Night of Storytelling: Creativity was an evening of joy and inspiration.

A Grateful Recap of ASEC’s Night of Storytelling

last month: [USA] The 2024 ASEC Night of Storytelling: Creativity was a great success!

Sr. Teresa Mulenga, TS, ASEC Programs Coordinator - Malawi

Sr. Teresa Mulenga, TS: Exemplifying the purpose of Women's History Month

2 months ago: [Malawi] In reflection of Women’s History Month, ASEC wishes to shine the spotlight on Sr. Teresa Mulenga, TS, who has been nominated for the 2024 Africa Day campaign, in honor of her work in improving the lives of African women.

Sr. Caroline Nanyi Acha, SST, ASLA recipient in Cameroon.

Investing in ASEC Alumnae Projects Through ASLA

2 months ago: [Cameroon, Lesotho, Uganda] African Sisters: Leaders In Action (ASLA) investment in alumnae projects has allowed ASEC Alumnae Sr. Caroline Nanyi Acha, SST, Sr. Sophia Agnes Asiimwe, MSMMC, and Sr. Mathabo Jacintha Sefali, SCIM to make an impact in their communities.

Sr. Elizabeth with a student at the Ruben Center.

Holistic Support for the Vulnerable in Kenya

2 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Elizabeth Wambui Gichuki, DHM uses the skills learned in the SLDI program to help over 3,000 children, their parents, as well as others.

The obstetrical waiting room with mothers during health education.

Financial Assistance for Pregnant Women in Cameroon

3 months ago: [Cameroon] Sr. Cordelia Uche Anikwem uses the skills she learned in SLDI to write a grant proposal to provide necessary medical support to pregnant women to help reduce maternal and neonatal morbidities and mortality.

ASEC Executive Director Sr.Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG and Joyce, a 12-year-old Maasai girl, walk together on the coast of Tanzania along the Indian Ocean.

Perspectives- 2024 SLDI Partner Workshop in Tanzania

3 months ago: [Kenya, Tanzania] At just 12 years old a Maasai girl captivated participants at the 2024 SLDI Partner Workshop and represented the impact delivered by ASEC sisters

Sr. Josephine Kwenga wins People's Choice Award for Project on Sustainable Human Development

Sr. Josephine Kwenga wins People's Choice Award for Project on Sustainable Human Development

8 months ago: [Kenya] On September 27, 2023 ASEC participant Sr. Josephine Muthoni Kwenga, SJT won a People's Choice Award for her Sustainable Agriculture Project in Kenya.

Photo by Damian Patkowski, unsplash.com

Affirming Dignity to the Dying in Zambia

more than a year ago.: [Zambia] Palliative care is largely recognized as essential to improving the quality of life of those with serious and often terminal illness, even if they may not be able to treat the root cause of their ailment.

Top left: Sr. Angela Chinaenye Ibe of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; top right: Sr. Kiden Christine Janet, Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary; bottom left: Sr. Grace Akunna John-Emezi of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus; bottom right: Sr. Bi Eveline Ambe, Sisters of St. Ann

How can we measure the impact of education?

more than a year ago.: [Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, SouthSudan] We measure the impact of education through qualitative data by interviewing ASEC sisters, both those current students and alumnae. Through learning their stories, we can connect the dots between education and transformation, both within the sisters and their communities.

On the left: Sr. Magdalena showcases the manuals she has been able to write for her congregation as a result of her education. On the right: Sr. Magdalena mentors youth on basic technology skills.

In Her Words: A Heart that Appreciates 'Mother ASEC'

more than a year ago.: [Tanzania] In 2019, Sr. Magdalena Laurent Izengo started her courses through ASEC's SLDI program in Tanzania. Since then, she has used her knowledge and skills to secure funding for projects that keep children in her community safe. Read about it in her own words.

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