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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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Thanks to the Dominican Sisters, Holy Trinity Girls Secondary School is a place where students can live comfortable and flourish in their studies. But it wasn't always this way.

Sisters improve school conditions for girls in Zambia

6 days ago: [Zambia] Resource mobilization and project proposal writing skills learned in SLDI enable Sr. Christine to improve conditions at a girls’ boarding school in Zambia

SLDI & HESA participant Sr. Teopista is the supervisor of a Ugandan bread bakery, supplying 70-80 loaves of bread per day to schools, hotels, supermarkets and the local community. During an site visit to the bakery, she gave ASEC staff a tour of the bakery and explained the bread-making process (June, 2019).

Bread bakery brings employment, skill building and food supply to Ugandan community

last week: [Uganda] The education Sr. Teopista gained through both SLDI and HESA help a bakery to thrive and provide nourishment to a Ugandan community.

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Learning to Lead

3 weeks ago: [Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Through education, Catholic sisters are becoming some of the top leaders bringing positive changes throughout Africa.

Sr. Rita was awarded an ASEC Two-Year Scholarship to attend the Kasama College of Education to pursue her diploma in Primary Education. Upon graduating, she felt well prepared to teach Zambian children at the primary school level.

Teaching primary school children in Zambia

last month: [Zambia] Sr. Rita uses her education scholarship to help children grow in spirit, in knowledge and in love of God.

Sr. Magreth, (standing, 4th from left) graduated from the Bigwa Sisters Secondary School in May 2019. She received funding to attend school from the generous donors of ASEC's Scholarship Program.

The importance of rural development in Tanzania

last month: [Tanzania] Sr. Magreth continues her education in order to assist her congregation in developing its rural ministries across Tanzania.

Catholic sisters are using their ASEC-sponsored education to provide healthcare and medical services to Africa's poor and vulnerable. Here, Sr. Monica Kissoly, SCC, an SLDI alumna in Tanzania, attends to a newborn baby at a women & children's clinic at Holy Cross Health Centre in Morogoro.

Women Religious are Healing Africa Through Health and Wellness

last month: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Catholic sisters are providing much needed health and wellness services throughout Africa.

Determined, Resilient, Aids-Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) project, is made possible through the collaboration of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Lesotho, USAID and Catholic Relief Services.

"DREAMS" program reducing HIV/AIDS among women and girls in Lesotho

2 months ago: [Lesotho] SLDI alumna Sr. Anacletta implements a program to increase access to HIV/AIDS services and reduce the number of new HIV/AIDS cases among adolescent girls and young women in Lesotho.

ASEC staff visited Sr. Harriet at Nkozi Hospital in June, 2019. Since then, she's been working towards improving healthcare for the vulnerable and organizing events to raise funds for a much needed Accident, Emergency and Trauma Center.

Hospital in Uganda with mission to serve the vulnerable

2 months ago: [Uganda] Nursing Director and ASEC alumna Sr. Harriet is a driving force behind Nkozi Hospital's mission and vision for the future.

You can help improve and sustain the vitality of congregations of women religious in Africa by supporting a sister’s ASEC-sponsored education now.

Sisters Sustaining Sisters: Bring Vitality to Communities of Women Religious in Africa

2 months ago: [Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia] Congregations of Catholic sisters in Africa are being strengthened from within through ASEC programs.

Sr. Josemaria uses the collaboration, mentorship and grant writing skills she learned in SLDI in diverse ways. Obtaining grant funding for an ambulance, x-ray machine and ultrasound machine are just a few ways she's giving back.

Leading the way: Nigerian nun's grant writing skills help thousands in need

3 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Josemaria is using her SLDI education to improve healthcare services and strengthen the resource mobilization skills of several congregations in Nigeria.

Sr. Mary Sarah (right) graduated from the University of Kisubi in Uganda through ASEC's Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is now using the skills she learned to strengthen the vitality of her congregation.

Congregational Capacity Building in Uganda

3 months ago: [Uganda] Sr. Mary Sarah strengthens the vitality of her congregation through leadership and governance training.

Sr. Hellen digitizes congregational records whenever possible. She also backs up the documents, a skill she learned in ASEC's basic technology workshop.

Improving Congregational Operations and Archives in Malawi

3 months ago: [Malawi] To avoid the risk of losing important documents, Sr. Hellen used the skills she learned in SLDI to centralize records and create a data archive for her congregation.

Sisters in Kenya pose with girls of Cheshire Home in Limuru Kenya, where HESA alumna Sr. Anne Kamene (front, second from left) serves as Director.

4 Inspirational Homes in Africa Where Catholic Sisters Are Supporting Those with Disabilities

3 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, USA] Catholic nuns from ASEC programs are using their educational training to support people with disabilities at facilities throughout Africa.

Service Learning participant Kirsten Gillern shares her experience at Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre, where she donated over 200 instruments for special needs children at the centre.

Service learning participant donates musical instruments to Ghanian children with special needs

4 months ago: [Ghana, USA] Service Learning participant reflects on her volunteer experience and sharing her love of music with children with special needs in Ghana.

Children at St. Elizabeth Day Center for Children & Young Adults with Disabilities share a meal and welcome ASEC staff (June, 2018).

Caring for Ghanaian children and young adults with disabilities

4 months ago: [Ghana] An SLDI alumna is helping children to realize that disability is not inability while advocating for the rights of Ghanaians with physical and mental disabilities.

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