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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Sr. Magreth, (standing, 4th from left) graduated from the Bigwa Sisters Secondary School in May 2019. She received funding to attend school from the generous donors of ASEC's Scholarship Program.

The importance of rural development in Tanzania

6 days ago: [Tanzania] Sr. Magreth continues her education in order to assist her congregation in developing its rural ministries across Tanzania.

Sr. Irene died from COVID-19 on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Mulago Hospital in Uganda. A memorial service and burial was held on Monday, September 7.

ASEC Programs Coordinator, Uganda, Loses Battle With COVID-19

last week: [Uganda] It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sr. Irene Lucy Onyai, LSMIG, on Friday, September 4, 2020.

Catholic sisters are using their ASEC-sponsored education to provide healthcare and medical services to Africa's poor and vulnerable. Here, Sr. Monica Kissoly, SCC, an SLDI alumna in Tanzania, attends to a newborn baby at a women & children's clinic at Holy Cross Health Centre in Morogoro.

Women Religious are Healing Africa Through Health and Wellness

last week: [Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Catholic sisters are providing much needed health and wellness services throughout Africa.

Staff & partners visited Nkozi Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where HESA alumna Sr. Harriet Baker, IMHR, serves as Nursing Director, supervising ≈100 healthcare workers. From L-R:  Rosemary Shaver, Sr. Harriet Baker, April Fowlkes, Tara Lopatofsky

My Experience as a HESA Liaison

3 weeks ago: [Uganda, USA] April Fowlkes reflects on her experience coordinating ASEC's HESA program at Chestnut Hill College and taking her first trip to Africa (Uganda) in June 2019.

Due to COVID-19, the inaugural ICR conference will be held virtually at the end of September, 2020.

International Consultative Research (ICR) Conference to be held virtually in September, 2020

3 weeks ago: [USA] In September, ASEC will virtually hold the inaugural ICR Conference, providing an opportunity for researchers around the globe to collaborate in the initiation of an international network of research on religious life.

ASEC Program Director Sr. Juliana Zulu, RGS, shows the love and care of a sister to a little girl in Zambia.

COVID-19 Impact in Africa - ASEC Stakeholder Engagement Report

3 weeks ago: [USA] This impact study aims to understand ASEC stakeholders’ experiences and coping mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can provide proactive response to their needs.

Determined, Resilient, Aids-Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) project, is made possible through the collaboration of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Lesotho, USAID and Catholic Relief Services.

"DREAMS" program reducing HIV/AIDS among women and girls in Lesotho

last month: [Lesotho] SLDI alumna Sr. Anacletta implements a program to increase access to HIV/AIDS services and reduce the number of new HIV/AIDS cases among adolescent girls and young women in Lesotho.

ASEC staff visited Sr. Harriet at Nkozi Hospital in June, 2019. Since then, she's been working towards improving healthcare for the vulnerable and organizing events to raise funds for a much needed Accident, Emergency and Trauma Center.

Hospital in Uganda with mission to serve the vulnerable

last month: [Uganda] Nursing Director and ASEC alumna Sr. Harriet is a driving force behind Nkozi Hospital's mission and vision for the future.

You can help improve and sustain the vitality of congregations of women religious in Africa by supporting a sister’s ASEC-sponsored education now.

Sisters Sustaining Sisters: Bring Vitality to Communities of Women Religious in Africa

last month: [Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia] Congregations of Catholic sisters in Africa are being strengthened from within through ASEC programs.

Grant provides African communities with food and sanitation supplies during COVID-19

Grant provides African communities with food and sanitation supplies during COVID-19

last month: [Cameroon, Kenya, USA] An SHCJ/ASEC joint effort provides financial support to African sisters responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and serving the poor and vulnerable in their communities.

A successful grant proposal by ASEC staff member Sr. Teresa Mulenga, TS, provides members of 5 HIV/AIDS support groups in Malawi with sanitation materials like tap buckets and soap. The members were also taught proper hand-washing techniques to keep them healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Catholic sisters are serving Africa's vulnerable during global pandemic

last month: [Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria] Sisters from ASEC's programs are finding new and innovative ways to serve the poor and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sr. Josemaria uses the collaboration, mentorship and grant writing skills she learned in SLDI in diverse ways. Obtaining grant funding for an ambulance, x-ray machine and ultrasound machine are just a few ways she's giving back.

Leading the way: Nigerian nun's grant writing skills help thousands in need

last month: [Nigeria] Sr. Josemaria is using her SLDI education to improve healthcare services and strengthen the resource mobilization skills of several congregations in Nigeria.

Sr. Mary Sarah (right) graduated from the University of Kisubi in Uganda through ASEC's Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is now using the skills she learned to strengthen the vitality of her congregation.

Congregational Capacity Building in Uganda

2 months ago: [Uganda] Sr. Mary Sarah strengthens the vitality of her congregation through leadership and governance training.

Sr. Hellen digitizes congregational records whenever possible. She also backs up the documents, a skill she learned in ASEC's basic technology workshop.

Improving Congregational Operations and Archives in Malawi

2 months ago: [Malawi] To avoid the risk of losing important documents, Sr. Hellen used the skills she learned in SLDI to centralize records and create a data archive for her congregation.

Sisters in Kenya pose with girls of Cheshire Home in Limuru Kenya, where HESA alumna Sr. Anne Kamene (front, second from left) serves as Director.

4 Inspirational Homes in Africa Where Catholic Sisters Are Supporting Those with Disabilities

2 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, USA] Catholic nuns from ASEC programs are using their educational training to support people with disabilities at facilities throughout Africa.

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