(Dust Jacket Press, 2013)
For 25 years Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) terrorized northern Uganda. They abducted children and forced them to commit atrocities against their own families and communities. Young girls became sex slaves for Kony’s officers.
The war is over, but the decades of brutal conflict have deeply scarred the people of Uganda. Child soldiers return to the very communities they committed crimes against, and the girls carry with them a constant reminder of their abuse: their captors’ children. They are often ostracized by their communities, and most lack the skills they need to provide for their families.
Sewing Hope tells the story of one woman’s fight to bring hope back to her nation. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who presides over Saint Monica’s Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda, lived through the horror created by Kony’s LRA and now works to heal the wounds he inflicted on her people. She invites formerly abducted girls to Saint Monica’s, where they learn skills to provide for their families.
Through vocational training, these young women gain independence. Through community with their fellow students, they find forgiveness. Through the restoration of their lost futures, they find hope.
Click on the book cover above to purchase Sewing Hope. All proceeds go to Pros for Africa, a non-profit organization that supports Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe's efforts to help young women formerly abducted by terrorist Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.
Author Nancy Henderson with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe at the debut of the Sewing Hope book and documentary at the 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival
Sister Rosemary named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"!
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker ...
introduced Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe at a 2012 Starkey Foundation gala that included President Bill Clinton, comedian Robin Williams and many other high-profile supporters. Whitaker also narrated the documentary version of Sewing Hope, which drew rave reviews at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November 2013.
“For decades, she openly defied the brutal violence of Joseph Kony and his guerilla army. Where Kony has decimated Uganda, Sister Rosemary has rebuilt it. … More than 2,000 girls who were kidnapped and orphaned by the LRA have found refuge at Saint Monica’s Girls’ Tailoring School in Uganda. Guided by Sister Rosemary, they make beautiful clothes. They grow nutritious foods. They learn valuable trades. They reclaim a bright future. And they find hope.”
—From Forest Whitaker’s introductory speech, Starkey Foundation gala honoring Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, July 2012
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