Monday, December 15, 2014

Collaboration with Sister Rosemary

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, founder and leader of Saint Monica Tailoring Center for Girls in Uganda, is on a healing quest.  This dedicated nun is traveling the globe to raise awareness and assistance for young women and children who have suffered unspeakable horrors and atrocities during the past civil war in her native land. Now, by bringing their story to light and by teaching them working and living skills, Sister Rosemary is attempting to restore their rightful dignity, independence and social acceptance. She is helping them heal. The OU WaTER Center is proud to be a partner and supporter of her humanitarian work.
Sr. Rosemary speaks with Chelsea Clinton on a recent visit in Uganda.

Sr. Rosemary is a joyful, energetic nun, a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In April of 2014, Sister Rosemary was honored by being named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People".  Her humanitarian campaign is drawing the attention of the media, influential individuals and global community partnerships as they join together in increasing numbers to offer support for what is now revealing itself to be a global issue.  The WaTER Center is proud to join in these numbers to assist in bringing awareness to Sister Rosemary’s quest.  Her inspirational story is told in the feature documentary and book, Sewing Hope
These students from the Saint Monica's Tailoring Center show some of their handiwork - purses made by soda pop tabs.
Sr. Rosemary's book, Sewing Hope, tells the heart-breaking stories of girls who escaped from Joseph Kony's rebel army and are now struggling to rebuild their self-worth.

This past October, Sister Rosemary was honored at a reception hosted by the OU College of International Studies to celebrate the recognition she received from Time Magazine.  University students and community professionals are joining in partnership with Sister Rosemary, many traveling to Uganda to serve as gratitude for the work she does for the women as well as the students and community here at home.  We are fortunate to have Sister Rosemary consider Oklahoma as her second home.   
Students in OU's College of International Studies listen intently to the words of Sr. Rosemary at a recent reception.

Sr. Rosemary is presented with cake honoring her as a recipient of Time's 100 Most Influential People.
Please read on to learn how others here at home are partnering, as well as what you can do to get involved.

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