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​Honorary Degree for Sister Nyirumbe

“Sr Nyirumbe helps women and girls to get a new start through education. Her vision and her action in caring for the most vulnerable deeply reflect the heredity of St Vincent de Paul.” This was how Fr Dennis Holtschneider, Principle of the DePaul University of Chicago, the largest Catholic university in the United States, spoke as he conferred the honorary degree upon Sr Rosemary Nyirumbe, a Ugandan religious of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For more than 30-years Sr Rosemary and her festive smile help women to overcome the traumas of violence through literacy programmes, education and workshops. As the head of the Tailoring Center for girls in Santa Monica, Sr Rosemary revised the teaching programme of the institute to respond to the growing needs of women girls and their children who survived kidnapping, rape and forced emigration for decades of civil war in Uganda. Thanks to the efforts of Sr Nyirumbe and to her Sewing Hope programme, the women and girls of the workshop receive psychological support and a school and professional formation. Not only did the yearly enrolment in the workshop in 2002 rise from 31 to 300, but because above all the majority of the students (after their diploma) managed to find steady work. 

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