Irene Gleeson

In 1991, Irene-Gleeson – mother of four and grandmother of fifteen — sold her home in Sydney, Australia and moved to Kitgum in war-torn Northern Uganda, an area once terrorized by rebel leader, Joseph Kony and his guerrilla group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Over the next twenty-two years, and against insurmountable odds, the woman affectionately known as the Mama Irene, rescued more than 20,000 traumatized children — providing them with free education, food and medicine. Today, the staff of the Irene Gleeson Foundation educate, medicate and feed thousands of children, helping them to achieve their full potential.

Irene Gleeson’s 2nd book, Heart of a Lioness was published in 2014.