Before there was an Adelante Mujer, Sister Ann heard about an excellent medical student of URACCAN University who was struggling to pay her tuition. Sister Ann went to the university bursar, askedfor Ana’s bills, and paid the meager amount that Ana had charged in the hope that someday, somehow she could pay. Sister delivered the receipt to Ana at her home and promised Ana that when she returned to the US she would look for donors to help finance her medical education.
As you can imagine, there are requirements for a woman to become an Adelante Mujer student who receives financial assistance for the duration of her medical education. Each woman is required to:
It is my pleasure and pride to introduce our Adelante Mujer six-year students in the medical program of URACCAN University in Bilwi/Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.
They started just about the same time. Sister Ann McKean, foundress of Adelante Mujer, conceived the idea to try to raise money in the US to help fund higher education for needy women in Nicaragua.
Our last blog pictured people in the US who bless Adelante Mujer with their service. This blog describes a few of our many blessings in Nicaragua.
Financial concerns of Nicaraguan students are unimaginable to most of us in the United States. Many of our medical students cannot afford a computer. Our applicants mention the handicap they endure by having no computer or having to borrow one from friends or relying on availability of the few computers at URACCAN University.
Another historic event was marked for Adelante Mujer when, on January 26, 2016 URACCAN University students participated in a graduation mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.
A long, long letter arrived after the graduation of Dr. Cindy. In her letter titled “My Gratitude,” Cindy thanked Adelante Mujer donors:
Interviewing potential recipients who apply for financial assistance from Adelante Mujer is one of the responsibilities and privileges of the Executive Team member who visits Puerto Cabezas each semester. Hearing the stories and the need of each student is inspiring, to say the least. The following story is not one I could have anticipated.