Sister Rosemary Nyriumbe, a Light for Lost Girls: Fab Female Friday

Fab Female Friday
Guest Blogger – Michelle Chettiath served as the Girl Up intern in 2014.

Every once in a while, you come across a person who is goodness incarnate. When they smile, you smile. When they laugh, you laugh. Well, today you’re about to meet another one of those people: Sister Rosemary Nyriumbe. 

In a country that still aches from the repercussions of a devastating civil war, Sister Rosemary has provided a much-needed light to the “lost girls” of Uganda. For over 20 years, tens and thousands of children were taken from their families and forced to become child soldiers and sex slaves by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). During this time, Sister Rosemary sheltered children seeking refuge from the LRA. She particularly felt for the girls and young women who managed to escape the army, but returned to communities that ostracized them because of the acts they were forced to commit while in captivity.

In 2001, Sister Rosemary founded the St. Monica’s Girl’s Tailoring School in Gulu, Uganda. At St. Monica’s, more than 2,000 girls have been taught how to read, how to sew, how to forgive, and how to regain their dignity. 

Think she’s is pretty awesome? You’re not alone. Sister Rosemary was named a CNN Hero in 2007 and this year she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Last Tuesday, Sister Rosemary made an appearance on the Colbert Report, where she spoke about how “we must shout ‘Bring back our girls’,” in regard to the nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

She has a smile that warms your heart and dance moves that make you giggle admiringly. Sister Rosemary serves as an inspiration for us all to find the best in others as well as in ourselves.