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Over 100 guests filled the Black Box Theatre on the campus of Our Lady of Mercy on May 18 to listen to Mercy alumna Sandra Uwiringiyimana ’13 recount her harrowing childhood experience in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sandra captivated the audience as she spoke about her life prior to and following an attack on her refugee camp, her family’s move to America, and her struggles and triumphs as she integrated into a new culture.

After attending two schools in the Rochester City School District in as many years, Sandra was introduced to Mercy through a teacher. Mercy knew Sandra was a very special girl – hardworking, studious, and committed to bettering her life and the world around her. Without the means to pay for pay for private schooling, but eager to attend Our Lady of Mercy, Sandra was awarded scholarship through Mercy’s Frances Warde Fund. This fund is designed to provide need-based aid to young women who are recent immigrants to the United States. This scholarship is aptly named. Frances Warde, an immigrant from Ireland, was one of the foundresses of the Sisters of Mercy in the Americas. Mercy welcomed Sandra as an eighth grader in 2009. She excelled as a Mercy girl.

Because of the Frances Warde scholarship, Sandra’s life was forever changed for the better. In addition, Mercy was extraordinarily fortunate to have Sandra as a part of our family for five years. Our Lady of Mercy is always looking to expand access to world-class educational programs for young women across the globe via the Frances Warde Fund. We can only do this through the generosity of our donors. Please consider a gift to help a young woman write a new chapter in her life by clicking here. Thank you!

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