GREENWICH, Conn. -- A humanitarian nun, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of Uganda, who saved thousands of girls during the rebel wars in Uganda and South Sudan, will speak in Greenwich next month.
Nyirumbe is director of St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Centre, in Gulu. She is one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and the subject of the book "Sewing Hope."
Her talk is Monday, April 10, at Round Hill Community Church. It will be her second visit there.
For her lifesaving work, Nyirumbe received the United Nations Impact Award, has been named a CNN Hero, and been honored by the “Women in the World” summit conferences in this country and around the world.
She will talk about the challenges she faces in her continuing work at St. Monica's various campuses in Gulu, Moyo, Adjumani, and at the Sewing Hope Orphan Village in Atiak in Uganda.
Due to drought and famine, Nyirumbe started an agriculture program to raise cows and grow food and continues to educate the young women and children to become self-sufficient.
And through the Sewing Hope foundation, Nyirumbe teaches children to sew, cook, and make purses and jewelry - there will be items for sale that day.
Nyirumbe has worked with victims at the epicenter of the bloody and violent civil wars that decimated North Uganda and South Sudan.
For years, Joseph Kony and his "Lord's Resistance Army" terrorized villages and stole children from their families, forcing them into slavery.
Armed with only a sewing machine, Nyirumbe openly defied the rebels in their reign of terror.
Since 2002, she has enrolled more than 2000 girls, who had been abducted and abandoned by their families, into her "Saint Monica's Girls Tailoring Center" in Gulu, Uganda.
She has made it her mission to provide a home and school for women and girls whose lives have been shattered by violence, rape, and sexual exploitation.
Her work involves training the women and girls in tailoring, catering, and other practical skills to restore their dignity, independence, and hope.
“I want to give a voice to the voiceless and give these young women and children dignity so they will be accepted in society," says Nyirumbe.
Her talk will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich.
Click here for tickets ($10) or call the church at 2030 869-1091.