Pros for Africa
Apr 26, 2018
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
Pros for Africa

Sister Rosemary Nyirumba, a Catholic nun whose humanitarian work has drawn the attention of Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Forest Whitaker and other high-profile supporters, has dedicated her life to helping girls formerly held captive by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.  She was named as one of The Most 100 Influential People in 2014 by Time Magazine.

A native of Paidha, Uganda, she began serving teh people of her country after joining the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1976. As director of St. Monica's since 2001, Sister Rosemary has given hope to more than 2,000 young women, many of whom were abducted, raped, tortured, and forced to kill their own family members as soldiers in Kony's army.  In addition to providing a safe harbor for the former abductees, who are often shunned and persecuted by the people of the own villages, she has given them a way to support themselves through job training in tailoring, catering, and other skills.  Currently, approximately 250 girls and 250 children live at St. Monica's.  Sister Rosemary also oversee a second school in Atiak, Uganda.