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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Nigerian sisters took an educational field trip to Tenti Green Farm, Vom, Plateau State.

Acquiring skills for more effective leadership with SLDI administration training

Jul 21, 2017: [Nigeria] Twenty-seven women religious from twenty-three congregations participated in the ASEC-SLDI Administrative track training from June 4 to July 1, 2017 at the Institute for Formators, Du – Jos, Plateau State.

Sr. Dorice with the children after teaching catechism.

The story of Caroline and Doreen

Jul 19, 2017: [Malawi] Sr. Dorice tells the story of two girls with the same educational opportunities and how their choices impacted the rest of their lives. She reflects on the gift of quality education in relationship to Catholic sisters in Africa.

Group of Catholic justice and peace makers' children with their leaders, Catholic sisters and a priest at Dar es Salaam Cathedral area. The group is about to leave for mission activities (to evangelize) in Zanzibar Island (June 2017)

The Impact of Drug Abuse in Developing Countries

Jul 17, 2017: [Tanzania] On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Sr. Maria shares her thoughts on eliminating these problems and increasing economic development in Tanzania.

Sr. Jane Wakahiu, Interim Director for Catholic Sisters Program and former ASEC Executive Director, addresses the SLDI students.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation visits SLDI participants in Zambia during finance training

Jul 13, 2017: [Zambia] Sisters in Zambia express gratitude to ASEC and The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for the love and support they show to African Sisters. The expression comes with the timely visit to Lusaka by Hilton Foundation staff.

A few months ago, a post went viral on Facebook in which a man congratulated his cousin on his marriage to a very young girl. The message caused a lot of controversial issues. The girl (pictured above with her husband) had no say in the issue and had to accept her parents’ decision.

Addressing Gender-based Violence in Nigeria - Silence is no longer golden

Jul 11, 2017: [Nigeria] Women’s education is foreseen to be the single most influential investment that can be made in the developing world to eradicate and reduce gender-based violence.

Sr. Astridah shows the children a photo on the camera.

The SLDI web design course gave me confidence, helping my congregation and ministry

Jul 7, 2017: [Zambia] Sr. Astridah has had a lot of success in her ministry through the skills she gained in the SLDI Web Design course.

Rhinos graze in a field against the backdrop of the Nairobi skyline.

ASEC Service Learning Trip to Kenya 2017: a Reflection

Jul 5, 2017: [Kenya] 8 students from Marywood University & Chestnut Hill College attended a 3-week service trip to Kenya this summer. They provided service at various sites, including a refugee center, a hospital, a home for street boys, and an orphanage for both physically and mentally disabled children.

On behalf of the SLDI Finance participants, thanks to ASEC donors and partners for our new laptops.

What I learned from the SLDI program (Finance Track)

Jun 22, 2017: [Tanzania] Sr. Crescensia reflects how her experience in the SLDI Finance program has increased her technology skills, made her more confident in her work and inspired her to mentor other sisters in her congregation.

Bigwa 2017 form six graduates from L-R: Sr. Genovefa Mrope, OSB, Sr. Syrilla, OSB, and Sr. Idda Mponzi (Collegine sister) express their gratitude to ASEC donors for the financial support of their Bigwa scholarships.

22 ASEC scholarship recipients graduate from Bigwa Secondary School

Jun 14, 2017: [Tanzania] ASEC donors supported the scholarships of 22 students who successfully graduated from Bigwa Secondary School in April, 2017. Sr. Maria discusses the success of Bigwa school in the area of society development.

Students of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Girl's Secondary School in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. This project started in 2005 with two sisters and  Sr. Celina Adegun, SSMA, an SLDI alumna who served as the school principal until 2015. Since inception three more SLDI alumnae served at the school; Sr. Marcelina Bamisaye, SSMA as Vice President, Sr. Agnes Ayedun, SSMA as Bursar, and Sr. Benedicta Tokede, SSMA as a classroom teacher.

Morality and Education

Jun 12, 2017: [Nigeria] Sr. Elizabeth reflects on the importance of educators as role models to their students and the importance of teaching values and morality in schools.

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