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Rays of Hope 2021 Articles
Sr. Pat Bombard, BVM, on cultivating "Reverence for Life."
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 2021 supporters! What we do is not possible without you. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Although the challenges of the pandemic continue to impact development efforts, ASEC continues to build virtue bridges for women religious in Africa with many positive outcomes in 2020-21.
Although 2020 and 2021 service trips to Africa were cancelled, ASEC continues to build infrastructure and partnerships to enhance the service trip experience when it's safe to do so.
In 2021, the ASEC Research Initiative saw tremendous growth in the areas of academic publication and research-related webinars. Learn how ASEC is supporting African sisters' in their scholarly research.
A year in review of ASEC's Scholarship Program for women religious in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya and Lesotho. Read about the program growth, celebrations and achievements as 2021 comes to an end.
A year in review of the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. Read HESA news, graduation announcements, student achievements and program growth.
A year in review of the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program. Read about milestones, news and experiences from 2021.
ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LMSIG reflects on the core value of Reverence and how ASEC used reverence as a north star to guide the organization through the challenges faced in 2020-21.
For Sr. Lucy, education has been the key to realizing the vision she had and fulling the mission of her Kenyan community.
Catholic sisters in Africa are using crop and animal farming to sustainably support their local communities.
Sr. Leonarda has incorporated what she’s learned about leadership, finances and accountability into her ministry work to better serve the disabled and marginalized.
Sr. Joan Chisala, ASEC Programs Coordinator Zambia & Former Visiting Scholar, Loses Battle With COVID-19
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB, on June 16, 2021.
As head teacher, Sr. Betty is using her HESA program education to provide a stable yet constantly improving learning environment for kids in Uganda.
Sr. Faida noticed how difficult it was for her neighbors to obtain healthy food during lockdown. So, she and the sisters taught them how to plant vegetables using sacks and broken buckets on their veranda.
"ASEC programs need to be commended and encouraged," says Rev. Fr. Dr. Alfred Chaima. "We pray that the sponsors continue to invest in these programs."
April 28-29: ASEC’s annual Advisory Board and Board of Directors Meetings took place via Zoom.
Sr. Astridah is using the leadership skills she learned in ASEC's SLDI program to share critical health information about COVID-19 pandemic to 1.5 million Zambians via a multilingual radio show.
The stories of four African women who used their education to change the lives of hundreds of people they serve.
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- Sr. Amelia Nyendwa, TS, Distribute Food to Poor Widows in Malawi Using Skills Learned Through ASEC's Programs - watch video
- Page 3: ASEC's SLDI and HESA Programs are funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
- Page 4-5: Total Served by ASEC in-country as of March, 2021. SLDI Phase V, Year 2 Progress Report, March 31, 2021 (N=485) and HESA Phase 2 Cumulative Evaluation Report (2016-2020).
- Page 7: 2019-20 ASEC Congregation Survey (N = 32,294).
- Page 8: The Child is Black, Collection of Poetry Volume 1, by Sr. Esther Koros, OSF, of Uganda.
- Page 9: ASEC Annual Alumnae Survey. Total funding secured includes funds raised by ASEC alumnae for the 10 countries served by ASEC as well as Central African Republic and Zimbabwe
- Page 10-12: SLDI Phase V, Year 2 Progress Report, March 31, 2021 (N=485).
- Page 11: Reports indicate that Sr. Banda's COVID-19 Awareness Programme reached an estimated 1.5 million people.
- Page 11: It's estimated that there are 72 languages and dialects spoken in Zambia.
- Page 14-17: HESA Phase 2 Cumulative Evaluation Report (2016-2020).
- Page 17: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Field Report.
- Page 18-19: ASEC Two-Year Scholarship Program Evaluation Report, December 2019.
Full copies of ASEC Evaluation Reports can be requested by contacting us.