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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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Sr. Rita was awarded an ASEC Two-Year Scholarship to attend the Kasama College of Education to pursue her diploma in Primary Education. Upon graduating, she felt well prepared to teach Zambian children at the primary school level.

Teaching primary school children in Zambia

5 days ago: [Zambia] Sr. Rita uses her education scholarship to help children grow in spirit, in knowledge and in love of God.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

2 months ago: [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.

Service Learning participant Kirsten Gillern shares her experience at Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre, where she donated over 200 instruments for special needs children at the centre.

Service learning participant donates musical instruments to Ghanian children with special needs

3 months ago: [Ghana, USA] Service Learning participant reflects on her volunteer experience and sharing her love of music with children with special needs in Ghana.

Children at St. Elizabeth Day Center for Children & Young Adults with Disabilities share a meal and welcome ASEC staff (June, 2018).

Caring for Ghanaian children and young adults with disabilities

3 months ago: [Ghana] An SLDI alumna is helping children to realize that disability is not inability while advocating for the rights of Ghanaians with physical and mental disabilities.

ASEC staff meet with Good Samaritan Sisters at the Mapeera Bakateyamba Home for the Elderly & Sick and St. Francis Clinic during a site visit (June, 2019).

Good Samaritan Sisters provide hope, help and friendly services to Uganda's elderly and poor

3 months ago: [Uganda] At Mapeera Bakateyamba Home in Uganda, Good Samaritan Sisters serve the elderly, poor, destitute, disabled and neglected people of God without discrimination.

In Kampala, Uganda, the Good Samaritan Sisters care for the elderly, poor, destitute, disabled and neglected at Mapeera Bakateyamba Home for the Elderly and Sick.

Supporting Seniors: Catholic sisters provide sustainable, long-term care for Africa's elderly

3 months ago: [Lesotho, Uganda] Educated nuns in Africa are becoming mutigenerational change multipliers by providing support to the most senior members of their communities.

Sr. Albertina interacts with residents of Reitumetse Old Age Home in Lesotho, where she completed her college field experience.

Field experience with the elderly affirms sister's passion for social work

4 months ago: [Lesotho] Sr. Albertina's field experience with the elderly affirms her passion for the social work field, where she has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable.

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