History Of Adelante Mujer
Adelante Mujer/Advance Woman was founded in 2009 by Sister Ann McKean, CSA when she met an academically superior Nicaraguan high school graduate who wanted to pursue a university education but was unable to do so because she did not have the money. Beginning at that moment Sister Ann, herself a university professor, was inspired to do everything in her power to financially assist similar young Nicaraguan women with aspirations for a college degree they could not afford.
Adelante Mujer, recognizing the dire need for medical doctors on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, decided to focus its ministry on women who aspire to become medical doctors. Adelante Mujer provides funds for needy young women who would otherwise not be able to afford the cost of six years of study required by the medical school at URACCAN University. Each month recipients of Adelante Mujer scholarships are given money to help pay for school supplies and for the expensive medical supplies and equipment uniquely required for medical students. One meal per school day is also funded by Adelante Mujer because many students can hardly afford this daily expense.
On December 5, 2016 the third class of Adelante Mujer students took the Hippocratic Oath and became medical doctors. These nine new physicians join the December 12, 2014 class of eight and the January 27, 2016 class of five. All 22 are now Adelante Mujer doctors in eastern Nicaragua making a positive impact in a region where poverty is second only to Haiti. There are an additional 30 students in the Intercultural Medical Program of URACCAN University who are receiving financial assistance from Adelante Mujer/Advance Woman!