This is another example of how art and activism unite. Sewing Hope is both a documentary and a book featuring the story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of Uganda. Actor Forest Whitaker narrated the documentary. This event took place at De Paul University in Chicago. Her story has been featured in the Huffington Post, WGN News, Chicago Tonight and More Magazine.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe came from a family of 8 children. She was the youngest. She was sworn in as a nun when she was a teenager. She also became a nurse.
Joseph Kony and his Lords of Resistance Army (LRA) terrorized Northern Uganda for 25 years. He abducted children, forced them to murder their own families and took the males as child solders. The girls were forced into sex slavery. After impregnation, these young girls have a constant reminder of their rape and assault: the children of their tormentors to raise into adulthood.
As a direct result, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe started a sewing school named Saint Monica’s Vocational School to teach the children how to make clothing and bottle can purses as a women’s fashion accessory. The money goes back into the school to help the students to support themselves and their families.
The purses made by the children and the book were made available to purchase. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe also did an interview after the filming of the documentary. She did not sit to watch the documentary with us stating that it was too overwhelming for her.