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“Making a Difference in Your World” will be the theme of the night Monday, Jan. 25, as Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe will be on the East Central University campus to speak about volunteerism and how it makes a difference, both at home and abroad.

The event, sponsored by the ECU Vision Bank Presidential Leadership Program, will begin at 7 p.m. in Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center. It is free and open to the public.

Sister Rosemary, who was named to the Time Magazine List of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2014, presides over Saint Monica’s Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda, where she provides vocational training to girls and young women, who were abducted and used as sex slaves for Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, which terrorized Northern Uganda for 25 years.

Through her efforts, the girls and young women learn job skills, with sewing being one of the most prominent, in order to become productive citizens and turn back the physical, mental and emotional chaos created by Kony and his band of terrorists.

A documentary film called Sewing Hope, directed by Derek Watson, and book by the same name, co-authored by Reggie Whitten and Nancy Henderson, were written from Sister Rosemary’s humanitarian endeavors and experiences. The film, which was released in 2014, was narrated by Forest Whitaker, an actor, producer and director, who nominated Sister Rosemary for the Time Magazine list.



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