Now, 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 violent crimes against, and the girls carry with them a constant reminder of their abuse: their captors' children. These girls and their children 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 presides over Saint Monica's Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda. She 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.
|Publisher:||Pros For Africa, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
In his spare time, Whitten visits schools throughout Oklahoma to recount the story of his eldest son's death from an addiction to prescription drugs. It was this tragedy that led Whitten to meet Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and begin his philanthropic work. The co-founder of two organizations, Pros for Africa and FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education), he previously co-authored a book about his son's addiction, What's Your Fate?, with his dear friend Jim Priest. In honor of his son, Brandon, who loved dinosaurs as a child, Whitten also co-found ExplorOlogy and co-found Native Explorers, an educational program that seeks to inspire young people to get involved in science. To date, more than 53,000 kids have completed the program.
Whitten was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.
NANCY HENDERSON is an award-winning author who often writes about people who are making a difference through their work. Her first book, Able! How One Company's Extraordinary Workforce Changed the Way We Look at Disability Today (BenBella Books, updated hardback edition, 2008) tells the story of a factory owner whose practice of hiring employees with physical and mental disabilities catapulted his rug manufacturing company to international success.
Henderson has published hundreds of articles in Parade, The New York Times, Smithsonian and other periodicals. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors and lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful story of hope and perseverance. Sister Rosemary is an amazing person with an amazing heart and story.
What those girls went through is horrible but Sister Rosemary brings so much good to them. Reggie & Pros for Africa are doing amazing things. Great story!
Stunning and emotional book, I couldn't put it down!