Time Magazine Honoree Helping Stitch Lives Back Together
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of Uganda has been hiding people since 1987 from wars and violence. Now, those she's helped number into the thousands and her footprints are all over the world.
She calls herself a midwife, helping others give birth to the dream inside them. But those Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has made it her life's work to help have come from the worst of circumstances, such as women and children forced to serve as child soldiers and sex slaves.
Time has honored her for her work, to transform a girls school teaching them sewing, cooking and business skills to help them turn tragedy to triumph. It's become her life's passion and calling.
"I've tried my best to deliver the little good in them which can help them overcome the pain."
Her message is one she calls the gospel of being present to others with sincere and heartfelt listening and then finding a way to respond.
"If you don't accompany people if you don't listen to their pain I would not have succeeded in doing what I'm doing," she said.
Along the way, Sister Rosemary's work has attracted a huge following including support from OSU. Through a partnership with Pros for Africa, medical students are providing care for patients in Uganda. It's another reason her heart's work is receiving international attention.
"I feel very happy because the grace of God coming through this work through me. I feel very happy. I am only an instrument."
The work continues for sister Rosemary. Her story continues in the pages of the book called Sewing Hope and purses are healing lives one stitch at a time.
To learn more visit www.prosforafrica.com. A film has also been made about her work, "Sewing Hope."