Higher Education for Sisters in Africa
Sisters Leadership Development Initiative
"We truly are changing the world. Truly."
"Of anything I have ever been involved in this is the most exciting, transformational endeavor I have ever experienced."
-Sr. Carol Jean Vale, President, Chestnut Hill College
We educate African sisters, improving their ability to impact communities.
While Africa is a continent of vast potential, it faces serious obstacles of poverty, chronic hunger, disease, ecological degradation and violence. Catholic sisters are a strong force in harnessing that potential, addressing these obstacles head-on and creating hope for a bright future. ASEC programs are always evolving; molding to fit the specific needs of sisters working in the rural and poor communities of sub-Saharan Africa.
By providing access to education, sisters are able to impact more people and make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in Africa. Sisters are improving healthcare, hunger and access to clean water. They give voices to people who are wrongly persecuted and silenced. They care for the young, the old and the forgotten. They mentor others, create jobs, strengthen congregations and unite communities.
African sisters are using their education to solve some of the biggest development challenges our world is facing today. The impact they are making in communities across Africa is both admirable and heroic. At ASEC, we've learned that if you give a sister the tools to succeed, she's going to change the world.
How educated sisters are making an impact
Although she was excited to begin work with the elderly at Saint Marguerite D’Youville Old Age Home in Lesotho, Sr. Theresia noticed her lack of education proved to be a barrier in her service.
In Providence Home, one sees the endowment of the Catholic Church through the kindly serving hands of the religious women who care for marginalized members of the society.
4 days ago: As malaria continues to be a leading cause of death in African countries, Sr. Grace Akpan of Malawi spends her time helping those infected.
3 weeks ago: Because of Sr. Constancia, an isolated community plagued with HIV cases now has access to basic healthcare.
4 weeks ago: African women religious are using sustainable agriculture to solve problems like malnutrition and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.