ASEC News & Reflections

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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In January, 2020, HESA alumna Sr. Winnie Mutuku (top left), founded Upendo Street Children (USC), an organization that serves homeless boys in Kitale, Kenya.<br/>(Photos courtesy of Sr. Winnie and the USC Facebook Page)

Nun Reaches Out to Underserved Street Boys of Kitale, Kenya

Nov 27, 2020: [Kenya] HESA alumna Sr. Winnie provides food, shelter and a new chance at life to adolescent street boys in Kitale, Kenya.

ASEC Service trip photos from Kenya (2017) and Ghana (2019).

Service Learning program provides unique and beneficial opportunity for college students

Nov 23, 2020: [Ghana, USA] COVID-19 postpones 2020 Service Learning trip to Ghana, but recent trends show benefits of the program.

Conference of Major Superiors of Religious in Ghana (CMSRGH) and local consultants working together to improve internal systems during ASEC's first year of the pilot Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) program.

Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) Program, Year 1 Outcomes

Nov 16, 2020: [Ghana] The first year of ICB has provided many useful lessons ASEC can use for capacity building with future institutions.

Sr. Christabel, an SLDI student in Uganda, works from a tent on her congregation's farm to get the best internet connectivity.

COVID-19 Highlights the Importance of Educating Catholic Sisters

Nov 9, 2020: [Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, USA] Throughout the pandemic, sisters are doing what they always do: they get the job done. Their problem solving skills and resilience are exactly what the world needs right now.

Sisters celebrate the graduation of HESA participants from ASEC partner university, St. Augustine University College (SAUT), in Mwanza, Tanzania (2019).

Sisters Rise to the Top of the Class

Nov 2, 2020: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] African nuns are reaching major academic achievements while amplifying their influence on some of the biggest challenges facing African society.

Sr. Augustina (center) with students of Mazenod High School in Maseru, Lesotho.

Girls' High School in Lesotho Thrives Under Sister's Stewardship

Oct 26, 2020: [Lesotho] “[SLDI] has helped me a great deal because I couldn't stand in front of different stakeholders and, you know, address them on issues. ASEC gave me the courage and stance to say, ‘Yeah this is what has to be done.’ For that, I’m grateful.”

Congratulations to Sr. Esther and Sr. Kiden, the two sisters selected for ASEC's pilot Ph.D. program.

Two Sister Candidates Selected for ASEC Pilot Ph.D. Program

Oct 21, 2020: [Kenya, SouthSudan] Two doctoral sister-students selected for the pilot phase of ASEC's Ph.D. Scholarship Program. They will be pursuing their doctoral degrees at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Kenya.

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

Oct 19, 2020: [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

Oct 12, 2020: [Uganda] The education Sr. Teopista gained through both SLDI and HESA help a bakery to thrive and provide nourishment to a Ugandan community.

Due to COVID-19, the inaugural ICR conference was held virtually at the end of September, 2020.

ASEC/CARA Host Inaugural International Consultative Research (ICR) Conference Virtually

Sep 30, 2020: [USA] In September, 2020, ASEC held the inaugural ICR Conference, which provided an opportunity for researchers around the globe to collaborate in the initiation of an international network of research on religious life.

Sr. Felicity Tanko is an alumna of ASEC's Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. She recently completed her degree in Nursing from ASEC partner institution, the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (CUCB). Sr. Felicity is a member of the congregation The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

COVID-19 Impact on Healthcare and Education Workers: A Phenomenological Case Study in West Africa

Sep 28, 2020: [Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria] The ASEC Research Initiative's 2nd COVID-19 research study related explores the impact on healthcare and education workers in the West African countries of Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.

Your donation will help to prepare sisters in Africa to be educated and confident leaders. Donate to the education of a sister today.

Learning to Lead

Sep 28, 2020: [Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Through education, Catholic sisters are becoming some of the top leaders bringing positive changes throughout Africa.

SLDI participants  of Administration Track visit school children in Fukayosi Villiage in Tanzania.

The Impact on Education in Africa - ASEC Special Evaluation Report

Sep 28, 2020: [USA] How alumnae of ASEC's SLDI and HESA programs are impacting ministries in primary and secondary education in 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

Sep 21, 2020: [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

Sep 14, 2020: [Tanzania] Sr. Magreth continues her education in order to assist her congregation in developing its rural ministries across Tanzania.

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