We are so proud that Sister Rosemary was honored as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. We had the privilege of working with her and the Pop Cooperative in developing an identity and advocacy brochure to educate and acquire materials for Saint Monica Girls' School in Uganda. Their plight is so much greater than words can even describe and this attention will undoubtedly help their recovery. As Noah Roberts of the Pop CoOp so poignantly stated, "What the world doesn't know (yet) is that there are two dozen other Sister Rosemarys in South Sudan and Uganda ... and so many more that need to be celebrated."
Recently, the brochure received the following awards from the American Advertising Federation (AAF): a bronze local Addy, a silver district Addy, and a national Addy.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
April 23, 2014 | By Forest Whitaker
She gives hope for young women scarred by war
In Gulu, Uganda, Sister Rosemary has made it her mission to provide within an orphanage a home, a shelter for women and girls whose lives have been shattered by violence, rape and sexual exploitation.
At the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center she runs, those women can become themselves again, thanks to the security and comfort they feel — a tremendous accomplishment in a country still fragile from years of civil war. But what truly fascinates the people who have the privilege to meet with Sister Rosemary — as I did when I narrated a film about her, Sewing Hope — is her magnetic and contagious energy.
For girls who were forcibly enlisted as child soldiers, Sister Rosemary has the power to rekindle a bright light in eyes long gone blank. For women with unwanted children born out of conflict, she allows them to become loving mothers at last.
The traumas she heals are unfathomable, but the reach of her love is boundless.
Whitaker is a producer, director and Academy Award–winning actor