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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During the Kenya SLDI Administration I Workshop in May 2017, Sr. Adelaide receives her laptop from Sr. Lina, the ASEC Regional Director East & Central Africa.

Wametutoa Mbali means: ASEC has brought us far

Sep 12, 2017: [Kenya] Sr. Adelaide explains how the SLDI Administration track course content was an incredible match to my professional needs as Congregational Secretary and her newly appointed position as Human Resource Manager.

Sr. Jane is among the HESA students who graduated from Marywood University, Scranton, PA, USA in 2016.

HESA Program: transformed from a life of doubts to a life of possibilities

Sep 7, 2017: [Kenya] Sr. Jane, a HESA alumna who graduated from Marywood University in 2016, explains how the program has improved her professional life and enabled her to take on several leadership roles.

27 Tanzanian sisters in SLDI Administration Track 1 received their laptops during the workshop that took place at Holistic Education Centre in Tanzania from 8th July to 5th August, 2017.

ASEC Empowers African Sisters to Build Sustainable Societies

Sep 5, 2017: [Tanzania] After attending the SLDI Basic Technology and Administration workshops, Sr. Mariana discovers that the training was not only a means to implement educational goals; it's also the key to economic development and sustainability in Africa.

Sr. Elsamma is all smiles as she unpacks her new laptop provided by ASEC's generous funder, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Is Financial Management only about money?

Aug 31, 2017: [Malawi] Sr. Elsamma reflects on her SLDI Finance workshop and how it opened her eyes to the areas of stewardship, accountability, integrity and ethics, all of which are important for good finance practices.

Students experienced many iconic African moments during the Service Learning trip, such as looking out over the Great Rift Valley where some of the earliest human fossils have been found.

ASEC Service Learning Trip provides a glimpse of the real-world development work happening in Africa

Aug 28, 2017: [Kenya] What surprised me most about my learning during the service trip to Kenya was how unaware I had been about the obvious successes of Catholic sisters in helping the poor become educated, seize economic opportunities, and to lead healthier lives.

Knowledge from the ASEC Alumnae meeting prompted Sr. Euphemia to create a “customer desk” at the hospital where she ministers, through which our customers have quick service and direction.

Customer Service Training yields positive reputation for St. Martin de Porres hospital

Aug 24, 2017: [Cameroon] Good customer service learned in alumnae meeting produced increased turnout at St. Martin de Porres hospital Njinikom, Cameroon.

Sr. Judith Mwango with students from the adult literacy class, consisting of 34 adults not ashamed to go back to school to attain an education.

Facing my fears: a reflection on the SLDI Finance Workshop

Aug 22, 2017: [Zambia] Although nervous to begin the SLDI Finance Workshop, Sr. Judith faced her fears. She know feels confident and empowered and is contributing to 3 UN Sustainable Development Goals, mentoring others and writing grant proposals.

Sisters attending the online-onsite orientation at St. Augustine Institute Kampala, Uganda pose for a group photo holding their new laptops.

HESA students in Uganda attend orientation

Aug 17, 2017: [Uganda] Forty-two sisters who have been accepted for online-onside HESA program participated in an orientation workshop from 14th to 17th July 2017 at St. Augustine Institute Kampala, Uganda.

The involvement of religious in social activities help to influence vocations and empower youth in becoming strong leaders of tomorrow.

Developing Nations on the Shoulders of Youth

Aug 16, 2017: [Tanzania] In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the founding of Corpus Christi parish (Mwili na Damu Azizi ya Yesu) in Morogoro, Tanzania, the church hosted an International Youth Day celebration in conjunction with the International Youth Day held annually throughout the world on August 12.

Life has transformed in shops, farms and workshops since students joined the workforce early.

The positive impact of school boycotts for the youth of Cameroon

Aug 15, 2017: [Cameroon] Because of the school strike in Cameroon, many students have entered the workforce at an early age. This has had both positive and negative impacts on the the trade and fashion industries. One thing is for sure, things will never be the same because of it.

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