ASEC News & Reflections

ASEC is serving 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. We encourage our staff, sisters in the program, and friends of ASEC to contribute their own news and success stories. Below you will find impactful stories and reflections written in their own words.

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SLDI alumna, Sr. Immaculate, obtained funding for a library and science laboratory as well as learning materials to fill both of them.

Saving the world through Quality Education (SDG 4)

last week: [Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda] Sisters across Africa recognize that there is no better way to use their education than to share it, and that is exactly what they are doing.

To ensure healthy lives and well-being for all, we all have to take action. That's why so many of ASEC alumnae projects focus on SDG 3: Good health and well-being.

Saving the world through Health and Wellness

3 weeks ago: [Cameroon, Nigeria] While saving the world may seem like an impossible feat to some people, religious sisters across Africa are actively taking on projects that promote good health and well-being. Through SLDI alumnae projects, approximately $1.65 million in contributions have been made to this sustainable development goal.

The effects of climate change in Nigeria

The effects of climate change in Nigeria

last month: [Nigeria] Sr. Elizabeth discusses how climate change in Nigeria is dramatically altering the way Nigerians will live now and in the future.

HESA participants take part in a group discussion during the orientation conducted in Mwanza, Tanzania (Oct. 20-23, 2017).

The Ripple Effect of ASEC Programs in Tanzania

2 months ago: [Tanzania] A reflection on ASEC programs in Tanzania, what it means for sisters and how the "ripple effect" benefits to the entire country.

Sr. Cecilia and other ASEC participants from Zambia graduating from the SLDI Program, Finance Track (December, 2015).

Improving the capacity of African sisters in managing financial resources

2 months ago: [Zambia] The finance and resource mobilization skills learned in the SLDI program has enabled Sr. Cecilia to secure funding for a finance workshop that attracted 45 sisters from over 20 congregations.

Veritas University, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing private universities is situated at the heart of Bwari, outskirts of Abuja in Nigeria. The university, owned by the Catholic Church, has three faculties with eight departments. ASEC partnered with Veritas University in 2015 for sisters to studying through the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) Program. Through this partnership sisters can select from various bachelor's’ degree programs relevant to their ministries, such as education, accounting, political science and diplomacy.

Being and Doing: a Higher-Ed Journey

2 months ago: [Nigeria] After completing one-year of higher education online, Sr. Elizabeth is now studying at Veritas Catholic University in Nigeria with her colleagues.

During the SLDI Finance workshop session in Zambia sisters learned how to prepare a balance sheet.

African sisters benefit from finance workshops

2 months ago: [Tanzania, Zambia] Two sisters share how the SLDI finance workshops have helped them personally and their ministries.

The Woman Who Touched the Heart of God

The Woman Who Touched the Heart of God

3 months ago: [Nigeria] A reflection on the story of Jesus healing the woman with the hemorrhage and how it relates to the suffering person.

The power of honesty

The power of honesty

3 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Sarah reminds us to be honest like children. A reflection on the importance of honesty and what it can bring to you.

Women Religious pray for national security

NCWR Day of Prayer for National Security

3 months ago: [Nigeria] The Nigeria Conference of Women Religious (NCWR) dedicated a day to praying for a resolution to the injustices happening within the country.

Sr. Imelda, Sr. Mary Kenyesigye and Sr. Mary Nalule pose for a photo after graduation from CUEA through ASEC's HESA program (November, 2017).

Using education to teach others

3 months ago: [Uganda] Sr. Mary Nalule writes thanking ASEC for helping her to achieve her dream of studying Education to achieve her dream of becoming a school teacher.

Nigerian sister students attending the annual HESA Reflective Learning seminar at the Institute for Formators, Du, Jos, northern Nigeria in June 2017.

Nigerian Sisters learn stress management strategies during the annual HESA Reflective Learning seminar

3 months ago: [Nigeria] Sr. Elizabeth reflects on the annual HESA Reflective Learning workshop held in Nigeria and was grateful to learn from others experiences coping with stress and making good use of time.

Sr. Clare rejoicing after she received her laptop from the generous donors of the ASEC-SLDI program (2012).

The SLDI program has made me a “Jack of all trades”

3 months ago: [Nigeria] The SLDI program has given Sr. Clare skills, knowledge, enlightenment and technical know-how, making her a “Jack of all trades" and an invaluable member of her congregation.

ASEC staff from the U.S. with some of the staff at Makunka Rural Health Centre in Livingstone, Zambia.

ASEC Site Visit to Makunka Rural Health Centre

4 months ago: [Zambia] ASEC staff from the US visited the Makunka Rural Health Centre in Zambia, a clinic that brings services closer to the people.

There is more to communication than technology.

The Wonder of Communication and the Power of Salutation

4 months ago: [Nigeria] The SLDI program has taught Sr. Chinwe Odinko, LSJ that true communication is more than sending and receiving messages through modern technologies.

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