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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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Advancing the girl child in Africa: How Catholic sisters are empowering the next generation of women

May 4, 2020: [Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia] Nuns in Africa are using their education to become change agents and forces multipliers of good by leading and supporting young women.

A Catholic Sister's journey from leader to servant leader

A Catholic Sister's journey from leader to servant leader

Apr 13, 2020: [Kenya] Sr. Ruth uses skills she learned in ASEC programs to be a role model and servant leader in her community.

Executive Director, Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, tries her hand at baking bread during a staff site visit to Cabana Sisters' Bread Bakery in Uganda. The Cabana Bakery is run by SLDI and HESA alumna Sr. Maria Teopista Namigga and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix (IHMR) Sisters.

Catholic nuns building businesses across Africa

Apr 6, 2020: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda] Entrepreneurial Catholic sisters are building businesses across Africa to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized.

Sr. Caroline Acha, SST, serves in a remote area of northwest Cameroon. Her ASEC education is helping her to overcome the many challenges facing her community.

Improving education and women’s empowerment in rural Cameroon

Apr 3, 2020: [Cameroon] Sr. Caroline uses her ASEC education to provide quality education for children and economic opportunities for marginalized women in rural Cameroon.

Since Sr. Anastasia received her Bachelor’s of Clinical Science via ASEC's Scholarship program, she's been serving in a rural place providing professional healthcare to patients who otherwise would not have access to treatment.

Ensuring access to quality healthcare in Zambia

Mar 30, 2020: [Zambia] Sr. Anastasia provides obstetric, gynecological and surgical treatment to patients who would otherwise have limited to no access to medical care.

Srs. Gisele and Lucy developed a project to serve families living in urban poverty in the slums of Kenya. The project focuses on microloans for women, small business development and education of at-risk children.

Reducing poverty through microloans for women in Kenya

Mar 9, 2020: [Kenya] Srs. Gisele and Lucy are using the skills they learned in ASEC's SLDI program to provide microloans for Kenyan women living in urban poverty.

Through the foundation of their education, ASEC and SLDI alumnae consistently provide a stable foundation for the building up of other women and their surrounding communities. Here, SLDI alumna Sr. Judith Mwango, FMDM, is winnowing with local women farmers in Zambia.

Nuns in Africa spearhead women's empowerment projects

Mar 2, 2020: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria] Catholic Sisters in Africa are using education to empower women and work toward gender equality.

Over 90 million (nearly 11%) of the undernourished population are children under five years old.

Catholic Nuns Improve Food Security in Africa

Feb 3, 2020: [Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, SouthSudan, Uganda] In Africa, severe food insecurity and undernourishment is on the rise. But, educated Nuns are changing that reality for the communities they serve.

Despite the justice issues affecting sub-Saharan Africa, alumnae of ASEC’s programs are dedicated to changing the region’s narrative on advocacy and human rights.

Justice for All - Nuns advocate for the rights of the marginalized in Africa

Jan 6, 2020: [Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria] SLDI and HESA alumnae are at the forefront of social change and the promotion of justice, as they address injustice in their communities.

Sr. Monica and Sr. Imelda received promotions to head teachers upon receiving education degrees through ASEC’s Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program.

Nuns promoting holistic education at Kikyusa schools in Uganda

Jan 3, 2020: [Uganda] Quality education, community support and strong leadership results in a thriving student body led by Srs. Monica and Imelda.

Sr. Magdalena used her interpersonal relation skills to acquire much needed items for Alinafe Community Hospital in Malawi. She was promoted to her position as Administrator of the hospital after completing ASEC's SLDI program in 2018.

Filling healthcare gaps in Malawi

Dec 6, 2019: [Malawi] Sr. Magdalena uses her newfound skills to streamline hospital operations and improve patient care.

A lack of clean water affects nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, the majority of which live in isolated rural areas. Water scarcity prevents many children, especially girls, from receiving an education.

Stream of Hope; clean water in Africa

Nov 4, 2019: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania] Catholic Nuns write grants and raise funds to support clean water projects in African communities.

Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) Sisters caring for orphans at Mgolole Orphanage Centre in Morogoro, Tanzania.

Orphans of God

Oct 7, 2019: [Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda] Across Africa, Catholic nuns are providing help and hope for orphaned children facing psychosocial distress, economic hardship, withdrawal from school, malnutrition and illness.

Sisters from ASEC programs invite you to take a serious look at what you can do to better care for our environment. Ask yourself what mark you are leaving on the face of Mother Earth. What action can you take to erase that mark?

Unmarking Mother Earth; Sisters solve environmental issues in Africa

Sep 2, 2019: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia] Sisters are dedicated to solving the serious environmental issues facing Africa today, leaving the world in better condition than how they received it.

90% of the children attending the school where Sr. Mary Mukuha, FMI ministers did not have a desk. A lack of basic facilities, such as desks, contributes to an inability to facilitate effective learning.

A classroom without desks in rural Kenya

Aug 29, 2019: [Kenya] A lack of desks for school students remains a serious problem in rural areas in Kenya. But, Sr. Mary is changing that for students of Fr. Anthony Pagani Primary School.

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