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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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ASEC Sisters are pictured walking during a HESA Reflective Learning workshop in Uganda, 2022.

Coming and Going: Trusting God’s Path for Sisters

5 days ago: [Uganda] Working in a collaborative network of sisters from various congregations, countries and continents demonstrates the value of each individual's footprint on the organization.

Sr. Grace spends time promoting breast cancer awareness throughout the community.

Leading Student Peers at CUCG

last week: [Ghana] Sr. Grace became the first woman religious elected as Faculty Student President at CUCG in 2021 and since then she has been using her ASEC education to better her congregation.

Attendees of the IACHE seminar at Boston College in July of 2022.

ASEC Executive Director, Program Manager Attend IACHE Seminar

2 weeks ago: [USA] A recent seminar at Boston College, IACHE, discusses current challenges facing Catholic Universities and how higher education can keep traditions alive on campus.

Students follow instruction during a 2018 visit to Infant Jesus Prep in Ghana.

It Takes a Village: Caring for the Kids

last month: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda] Taking care of kids takes a village - something ASEC Sisters understand well. It is not just tucking them in at night and making sure they are accounted for during the day, it is also making sure their future is taken care of as well.

Students learn how to make soap during Entrepreneurial Month at Our Lady's Nursery in Nigeria.

Educating Students to Lead Exceptional Lives in Nigeria

last month: [Nigeria] Our Lady's Nursery School in Nigeria recently hosted Entrepreneurial Month, an opportunity for students to be exposed to workshops and education that can sustain them in the future.

Chestnut Hill College hosted a

ASEC Co-Founder, Former Vice Chair Sr. Carol Jean Vale Retires from CHC After 30 Year Career

last month: [USA] ASEC Co-Founder and Former Vice Chair Sr. Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., will retire this month after 30 years of dedicated service.

ASEC Sisters tour an organic farm in Uganda

Protecting the Planet: How ASEC Sisters have honored Mother Earth

2 months ago: [Kenya, Malawi, SouthSudan] “In 2010-2019 average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed.” - IPCC Report on climate change.

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Trauma Healing Webinar Teaches Coping Mechanisms Used in South Sudan

2 months ago: [SouthSudan, USA] Friends in Solidarity is a collaborative that supports women and men religious in Africa, especially in South Sudan, through educational initiatives and capacity building.

ASEC Staff and in-person Board attendees at the 2022 Board Meeting.

2022 Annual Board Meetings Discuss Progress and Future Goals

2 months ago: [USA] ASEC Staff and Advisory board members met for an annual meeting on April 27, 2022, while the Board met the following day on April 28.

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A Few of the Many Times ASEC Sisters Fought for Education in Africa

3 months ago: [SouthSudan, Uganda] Everyday ASEC Sisters are fighting hard for education in Africa through their congregations and mission work.

COVID-19 Case Study Published in Review of Religious Research

COVID-19 Case Study Published in Review of Religious Research

3 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, USA] At ASEC we understood clearly that the pandemic would mean some serious changes for us and our goals. We also understood that COVID-19 may make our pending goals to transform education in Africa even that much more needed. As a research organization, we did what we do – research.

Sr. Bi Eveline Ambe during HESA orientation

Peace Building for Women in Cameroon

3 months ago: [Cameroon] Education can open opportunities for positive change, but before that, it opens your eyes to the things that need to be changed.

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

Brave Change: Transforming Communities Takes Courage

4 months ago: [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

4 months ago: [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

4 months ago: [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.

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