Women of Courage honoree Sr. Orla Treacy is a beacon of light in South Sudan
Irish nun receives Women of Courage Award for work in South Sudan
She helped establish a medical clinic at the school to serve meals to her students, employees and their families. Food provisions directly affected the school’s attendance rates, which improved by 95 percent. The sisters work with community members willing to risk their lives to source and transport food provisions through conflict areas in South Sudan, ensuring the delivery of more than 12,000 meals per week. These efforts, coupled with a nutrition program for malnourished infants, have dramatically improved children’s health in the region and resulted in more than 700,000 meals provided per year.
Sister Orla was born in Ireland in 1973. At a young age, she was inspired by the compassion of her teachers who were religious sisters. She joined the congregation of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Loreto Sisters. In 2006, Sister Orla joined other Loreto Sisters who were starting a new mission in South Sudan — a country besieged by civil war, inter-clan conflict, insecurity and starvation, where women and girls are particularly vulnerable.