NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma is a second home to Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe from Northern Uganda, who was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Sister Rosemary’s mission in Uganda is to save the women, girls and children who were victimized by years of civil war perpetuated by Joseph Kony. She began a school to rescue these young women and children to provide them with practical skills so they may have a sustainable future.
As a Time 100 honoree, Sister Rosemary will attend a Time gala today to receive her award.
OU’s students and faculty are at the forefront of service learning with their regular support of and engagement with Sister Rosemary’s school, St. Monica’s School for Girls, in Gulu, Uganda.
Beginning more than four years ago, students and faculty from the OU College of Medicine, OU College of Law, OU College of Engineering and other programs have been working, learning and serving at St. Monica’s.
The OU College of Medicine sends students, interns, medical residents and physicians to the clinic at St. Monica’s to serve the school’s community. OU physicians also visit the Medical School at the University of Gulu to enhance training of local medical doctors.
In addition, the OU College of Medicine sponsors an annual gala in Oklahoma City to raise funds that will support the tuition of one Ugandan medical student each year.
For the past three years, students and faculty from the OU College of Law have been engaged at St. Monica’s School for Girls and the Law School at the University of Gulu. These experiences provide law students professional opportunities to serve as volunteers in a developing country and to be inspired by Sister Rosemary’s work.
One of the most urgent needs at St. Monica’s School for Girls is clean water and proper sanitation. Students from OU’s College of Engineering and Water Center have traveled to Uganda to develop and install eco-latrines so the school’s residents have access to more hygienic conditions.