Ugandan sister mends lives

By Jennifer Tomshack

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, S.S.H.J. is helping to create a future for victims of civil war with care, compassion—and sewing machines.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, S.S.H.J.

Image: “Africa is being saved by African women,” Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, S.S.H.J. says.


It takes more than courage to defy a warlord and his rebel soldiers, but sewing machines? That is one of the ingenious tools Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, S.S.H.J. put to use to undo the damage of the reign of terror that has decimated a generation of Ugandan and Sudanese people.

sewing machines
The Sewing Hope Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the work of Nyirumbe and her Sacred Heart community; visit here: sewinghopefoundation.com.

Nyirumbe, a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus based in Juba, South Sudan, has helped more than 2,000 girls who were abducted, raped, tortured, and forced to kill their own family members by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army.

Nyirumbe has answered the call to serve these girls—who have been shunned and persecuted by their own communities for bearing their captors’ children. As the director