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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Sr. Faith Kamau and her group of children after playing sports at Nyumbani Village.

HESA student uses skills to help orphans in Kenya

Sep 12, 2018: [Kenya] Sr. Faith Kamau, HESA student, is using her education to help the children and residents of the Nyumbani Village orphanage.

Agnes now volunteers with Sr. Sonia at the Ganya Health Center to help other youth living with an HIV positive diagnosis see that there is life and hope for them.

Youth in Malawi live with hope while HIV Positive

Sep 5, 2018: [Malawi] The story of Agnes, a young girl who was unaware she was HIV positive until the death of her mother and father. Agnes joined Sr. Sonia's support group where she learned how to deal with the stigma and challenges facing Malawian youth living with HIV.

142 students of Ntcheu Roman Catholic Primary School, Malawi, are planting trees in Africa.

Primary school students planting trees in Africa

Aug 28, 2018: [Malawi] Sr. Bertha teaches nearly 150 primary school students in Ntcheu, Malawi how to plant and care for trees and protect our precious environment.

Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB of Zambia

3rd Visiting Scholar arrives at CARA for research fellowship

Aug 21, 2018: [Zambia, USA] Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB of Zambia is the third sister scholar accepted for a six month research fellowship to learn applied research skills in the apostolate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.

The Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU) through the lens of ASEC programs.

Faith and Development: A Celebration of ARU at 50

Aug 14, 2018: [Uganda] ASEC Executive Director reflects on our partnership with the Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU) in celebration of ARU's golden jubilee.

Capuchin Sisters of Blessed Mother Francesca Rubatto run a kindergarten and serve as administrators in a public primary school of 350 children. It's been difficult for the congregation to pay the teachers, but Sr. Leul's project is saving the community money through her project so they can pay the teachers' salaries.

Sustainable farming project to pay teacher salaries

Aug 10, 2018: [Cameroon] The sustainable farming / biogas project pays a portion of primary school teacher salaries, fights climate change and cuts down cost of living for the community.

A collection of photos from Ancilla Community Based Rehabilitation (ACBR), Ghana, show

Medical care and education for disabled children in Ghana

Aug 8, 2018: [Ghana] Sr. Joyce works with her congregation and the community to ensure that disabled children receive medical care, education and a chance at inclusive development in Ghana.

Sr. Veronica addressing beneficiaries on economic empowerment.

Preventing HIV/AIDS in Nigeria through economic empowerment

Jul 31, 2018: [Nigeria] Sr. Veronica, a humanitarian aid worker, has trained over 250 beneficiaries, providing opportunities through her economic empowerment program, as a means to prevent more cases of HIV/AIDS.

SLDI participant Sr. Vera Ndifoin prepares to give a motivational speech to 100 women and children.

Participants of SLDI workshops discuss their achievements

Jul 26, 2018: [Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia] Several participants of SLDI workshops are using their education to help their congregations and communities.

SLDI alumna Sr. Grace Akpan, MMM administers malaria medicine to a patient at the St. Kizito Integrated Health Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. From January-March 2018, the clinic recorded over 700 confirmed cases of malaria.

Fighting malaria in Malawi

Jul 16, 2018: [Malawi] As malaria continues to be a leading cause of death in African countries, Sr. Grace Akpan of Malawi spends her time helping those infected.

Improving women's education in Nigeria

Improving women's education in Nigeria

Jul 11, 2018: [Nigeria] As Nigeria struggles to educate and keep girls in schools, religious sisters have taken matters into their own hands, working to improve access to education in Nigeria.

ASEC Programs Coordinators Sr. Teresa Mulenga, Malawi and Sr. Juliana Chibaula Zulu, Zambia brainstorming together at the Partners Workshop.

Partners Workshops held to plan the next phase of SLDI program

Jul 5, 2018: [Ghana, Kenya] Partners Workshops held in Kenya and Ghana bring together SLDI stakeholders to discuss the future of the SLDI program.

Sr. Constancia's SLDI training has improved Makunka Rural Health Centre ability to maintain its many responsibilities, such as outreach initiatives and treatments for widespread diseases like HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

Small rural health centre has big impact in remote Zambia

Jun 28, 2018: [Zambia] Because of Sr. Constancia, an isolated community plagued with HIV cases now has access to basic healthcare.

SLDI participants in Nigeria walking through Pastor Usman's

Learning ways to address poverty in Africa through field trips

Jun 26, 2018: [Nigeria, Zambia] SLDI participants take field trips to see real-world examples of how others are solving issues related to poverty in Africa, like lack of education and unemployment.

Catholic sisters share their creative farming and agro-business solutions like; mushroom farming in small spaces, community agriculture training programs and the use of sustainable energy sources, like biogas, in their agriculture projects.

Sisters use sustainable agriculture to stop hunger in Africa

Jun 21, 2018: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia] African women religious are using sustainable agriculture to solve problems like malnutrition and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

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