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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The balance of schoolwork and recreational activities at Kwetu Home keeps the boys happy and eager to learn. So while they learn subjects like English, they can still participate in some of their favorite activities, including gymnastics and singing.

Help and hope for homeless boys in Kenya

last week: [Kenya] Sr. Felistas combs the slums of Nairobi, Kenya in search of poor, orphaned boys in need of a home.

Students of agriculture work in the tomato garden with their teacher. Students learn to weed, thin and harvest crops such as tomatoes, maize, sweet potatoes, cabbages and eggplants.

Educating young girls in Northern Uganda

2 weeks ago: [Uganda] With leadership skills learned in SLDI & HESA, Sr. Petronilla is providing quality, holistic education to girls in Northern Uganda.

Sr. Theresia and the Sisters of Charity are dedicated to the overall well-being of their old age residents and the communities they serve.

A home for the elderly to reflect on life’s journey

last month: [Lesotho] 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 this displaced village in Cameroon, the struggling villagers collect much-needed supplies from the sisters of the socio-cultural Commission.

A place for the displaced to call home

last month: [Cameroon] Sr. Veronica is using the skills she learned from the SLDI program to turn one village's reality into a possibility.

Extreme overcrowding causes unsanitary conditions for inmates in Cameroonian prisons.

Offering second chances to prisoners in Cameroon

2 months ago: [Cameroon] Sr. Gwen has made it her mission in life to ensure that inmates in Cameroonian prisons are given second chances.

Sr. Swai working with a disabled child at Providence Home.

Disability is not inability at Providence Home in Uganda

4 months ago: [Uganda] 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.

Sisters offer training support groups to the Bembeke community of individuals diagnosed HIV positive. Here a sister demonstrates food preparation using local resources for healthy living.

Liberation from the burden of HIV/AIDS in Malawi

8 months ago: [Malawi] ASEC not only aids the marginalized, but has been a key component in helping the Teresian Sisters realize their congregation's charism of liberation.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump pose for a photo with 2017 TIP Hero Vanaja Jasphine of Cameroon, whose tireless efforts have made a lasting impact on the fight against modern slavery, at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2017. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Fighting for human trafficking victims in the Middle East

9 months ago: [Cameroon] Sr. Vanaja and her organization identify Cameroonian trafficking victims in the Middle East and bring them home. On June 27, 2017, SLDI alumna Sr. Vanaja received an award in recognition of her unrelenting efforts to combat modern slavery.

Moringa cultivation

Eco-friendly farming with renewable energy in rural Zambia

9 months ago: [Zambia] Reaching out to women in the rural areas, the Mother Earth Centre promotes improved nutrition and self sustainability through multiple projects. In this photo, farmers are cultivating moringa powder.

Sr. Consolata serves very demanding ministry of finance/accounting, but always keeps a warmth and joy about her. In her later years of life, she may consider pursuing project management as a career because of how much she enjoys proposal writing.

Proposal writing success after SLDI training

10 months ago: [Kenya] Sr. Consolata is addressing urgent needs in local hospitals, schools, orphanages and disabled homes with her proposal writing skills. She has written over 60 project proposals, 75% of of which have been successful!

Women and girls spend several hours a day collecting water, often standing in baking heat. They then carry the heavy jerry cans home, either on their heads or tied to the end of poles.

Clean drinking water transforms communities in Ghana

more than a year ago.: [Ghana] The urgent need to stop a major cholera outbreak prompted the Sisters of St. Louis to find funding for a filtered water project. What they didn't expect was for clean water to transform their community in so many other ways.

Sr. Josephine, right, helps one of the women make a bangle bracelet during one of the training sessions Image courtesy of Global Sisters Report (GSR).

Justice and peace for marginalized women in Kenya

more than a year ago.: [Kenya] Sr. Josephine began her project, Women Peacemakers with Alternative Livelihood, after recognizing the need to empower women in Kenya in dealing with violence, income setbacks, poverty and health problems.

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