Small Miracle at St. Monica, Gulu, Northern Uganda

Opiyo Oloya pictured with the girls at St. MonicaSister Rosemary Nyirumbe is a woman of faith. She believes in miracles. The nun named CNN Hero in 2007, founded St. Monica in Gulu, northern Uganda, and is known around the world for her charitable work with girls who were former child-soldiers. On Friday, July 22, 2016, she gathered the girls under her care and made them a promise to provide each girl with 10 sanitary pads, a bath basin and bars of soap.

There was a problem however; she did not have money to pay for all the items she promised.  So, with other nuns, she went into the chapel and prayed.  She prayed that God send money so she could fulfill her promise to the girls.  She prayed on Friday and again on Saturday.

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, at around 11 in the morning, her prayers were answered. Dr. Opiyo Oloya, Superintendent of Education, YCDSB, showed up unannounced at St. Monica in Gulu with a manila envelope. It contained money raised by students at St. Joseph CES in Aurora, specifically for purchasing sanitary pads. As Dr. Oloya explained to the assembled girls, "The students at St. Joseph heard about St. Monica's sanitary pad program, and wanted to contribute, and raised $1,558.55."

This was the money Sr. Rosemary prayed for. Together, with her girls, she celebrated the spirit of generosity from Canada. "Thank you to our Canadian friends—we are very grateful," said Sister Rosemary.