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 Nigeria, Sr. Virgilia helps train refugees in income-generating skills

Brave Change: Transforming Communities Takes Courage

Mar 31, 2022: [Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Zambia] We spend a lot of time explaining the changes that come about when ASEC Sisters transform their communities using education, but there’s a specific aspect that makes it all the more special – the bravery it takes to create change at all.

Sr. Victorine presents her ongoing research to US Staff

Visiting Scholar Researches How Social Media Can Help Congregations in Ghana

Mar 28, 2022: [Ghana, USA] US Staff hosted ASEC’s 8th Visiting Scholar, Sr. Victorine, on a virtual visit to their Marywood University office.

Assisting Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria

Assisting Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria

Mar 22, 2022: [Cameroon, Nigeria] From helping Cameroonian refugees to securing grants to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Sr. Virgilia has helped many with the skills she acquired through ASEC.

ASEC Staff from Africa and the United States joined for staff training from March 1-4, 2022

Staff Training Focuses on Social Entrepreneurship

Mar 17, 2022: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, USA] “The work you do on a daily basis is strengthening the capacity of the sisters you serve.” - Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D.

ASEC Sisters in 10 different countries of Africa are carrying out community projects to care for their communities and the earth

Caring for Earth, Caring for You: Catholic Sisters Week 2022

Mar 14, 2022: [Malawi, Zambia] Although celebrating the work of Catholic sisters is important every day, for one week each year we have a formal celebration – Catholic Sisters Week.

Sr. Victorine soon after landing in Washington, D.C., in January 2022.

8th Visiting Scholar Selected for CARA Research Fellowship

Mar 7, 2022: [Ghana] Sr. Victorine Atsufui Afi Dorkenoo of the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church (SMMC), from Ghana, has been selected as the 8th CARA-ASEC Visiting Scholar.

Wasted 'gold' maize stalk can be used as a productive source of fuel and fertilizer.

Simple technology used for environmental conservation and sustainability in Malawi

Mar 3, 2022: [Malawi] ASEC staff and Alumnae inspires the Malawi nation through her simple technologies to conserve the environment.

Sr. Janet Kiden is the first sister to obtain a Ph.D. through ASEC’s Scholarship Program.

Educating the Educated: First ASEC Sister to Obtain Ph.D. Improves Schools in South Sudan

Feb 17, 2022: [SouthSudan] We know that education has the power to transform and change lives, but we seldom consider those who use research and study to improve education. This incredibly unique role is valuable to the spreading of knowledge and skills throughout Africa.

Photos from Mama Kevina Hope Center for Children with Disabilities in Tanzania, provided by Sr. Swai (pictured left).

8 Ways ASEC Sisters Are Fighting For Social Justice in Africa

Feb 1, 2022: [Cameroon, Kenya, SouthSudan, Uganda, Zambia] Each ASEC Sister brings a unique purpose to their communities as a result of their education and leadership training, empowering them to fight for social justice as exemplified in these eight projects.

Mgolole Orphanage Center, Tanzania is run by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters. It's known locally as

Celebrating the Ripple Effects of Service in Honor of MLK, Jr.

Jan 20, 2022: [none] What is the impact of one soul? Well, as demonstrated by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., one soul can impact the entire world. In 2022, we are still learning about the impact of his message.

Sr. Pat learned that Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a founder of a hospital in Africa, had formulated his philosophy of

Called Back To Reverence

Dec 20, 2021: [USA] Sr. Pat Bombard, BVM, on cultivating "Reverence for Life."

Sr. Mary Persico talking with an ASEC-sponsored CUEA graduate in Nairobi, Kenya (October, 2019).

On the Other Side of Reverence

Dec 13, 2021: [Kenya, USA] Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., President, Marywood University; ASEC Board of Directors Founding Member, reflects on her 2019 trip to Kenya, Africa, humbled and grateful for her experience of reverence.

Thank you to our amazing partners, donors and friends (Donations between 9/1/2020 and 8/31/2021)

Appreciation for ASEC Donors in 2021

Dec 6, 2021: [USA] Thank you to our amazing 2021 supporters! What we do is not possible without you. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Educated sisters are creating ripple effects by helping marginalized individuals in their communities.

Ripple Effects: Sisters Serving Individuals in Need

Dec 1, 2021: [Cameroon, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan] Catholic sisters in Africa see how using their education to help just one person can have an exponential positive effect on their communities.

Photos from Mama Kevina Hope Center for Children with Disabilities in Tanzania, provided by Sr. Swai (pictured left).

Getting the Right Education for Children with Disabilities

Nov 29, 2021: [Tanzania, Uganda] Equipped with confidence, skills and a psychology degree, Sr. Swai is helping physically and mentally disabled children in Africa get the early intervention services they need.

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