Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, native of Uganda and Sacred Heart Sister, was conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters recently by Duquesne University as part of its 2015 Founders Week: Faces of Courage celebration.
Sister Rosemary is the director of the St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Centre in Gulu, Uganda. Honored by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2014, she is the subject of the documentary, Sewing Hope, narrated by Academy-Award winning actor Forest Whitaker. Sewing Hope follows Sister’s work at the Gulu vocational school where she helps to restore dignity, independence and hope to young women and girls-survivors who were kidnapped from their families and forced to be child soldiers during the horrendous Ugandan civil war.
At St. Monica’s these girls are taught literacy and vocational skills. Most of them have lost or have become estranged from relatives. “For these children, their rights have not only been violated, they have never existed,” Sister Nyirumbe writes. “We are working, one day at a time, to restore their dignity and to give them the skills and support they need to move forward in life.”
By Rita Murphy