Happy Students

Thanks to so many people who responded generously to the request for donations to purchase laptops for Adelante Mujer students. During  June, Adelante Mujer was able to provide much needed computers to 27 students! What a blessing. Please take a look at the smiles when Kathy Levy, the Adelante Mujer Coordinator in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas presented the electronic treasures to medical students who will no longer be forced to study using cell phones they own or borrow. 

                                  

 

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On a very sad note we share the news that Dr. Leajheen, who was in her second year of required social service, was returning from a medical duty when the motorcycle she was on, tipped over.  During or after the surgery to repair her broken leg, she died of a lung embolism. A colleague described Leajheen as “A hero in white robes.”    

 

 

Sister Diane  ~  July 2021

Can You Hear It Now…My Heart?

Since the first class of Adelante Mujer students took the Hippocratic Oath on December 12, 2014, each new doctor has been presented a Littmann stethoscope as a graduation gift.  We would pack them into our suitcases when we travelled to Nicaragua and observe the smiles, even tears, as each doctor received her gift.  With the pandemic still limiting travel, our devoted On-site Coordinator, Kathy Levy, purchased the treasures in Nicaragua and blessed each doctor with a piece of medical equipment that will enhance her work, thanks to Adelante Mujer donors.  

Doctors who convened together for the presentation are:

Doctors Keyla, Jenny, Jazmin, Mercy, and Allison

 Individuals who could not join the group are:

             Doctors Judith and Maikelin

 

                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our doctors who received a stethoscope-gift in 2014 told me that another doctor once borrowed her stethoscope and asked her, “Where did you get this?  I could hear so much better!”Hopefully, owning a fairly good stethoscope will help our doctors hear a little better and deliver better care because they have more clarity about the sounds within each patient

Sister Diane ~ June 2021

 

Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

We can proudly tell you where one of the Adelante Mujer doctors has gone and what she has accomplished. On March 26 a member of the first graduating class of Intercultural Medicine and of Adelante Mujer earned her title as Pediatrician from UNAN University in León, Nicaragua. Her letter below describes her gratitude. Each and every donor can celebrate her success which may not have been possible without your help. 

Hello. I am Joice. I was part of the Adelante Mujer program almost from the beginning and with its support I was able to conclude the Intercultural Medicine career of URACCAN University. I have so much to thank for and I have so many memories of Adelante Mujer.  

 

I still remember the day I arrived at the interview with Sister Ann McKean. I remember that Sister Ann thought I could be her interpreter because my friend Ana, who also was coming to ask for support of Adelante Mujer, told Sister Ann that I could interpret for us. That was a moment that caused us all to laugh. I do know some English but I could not be an interpreter!                

To be part of Adelante Mujer was very blessed because with that financial aid there was no need for my mother to worry so much about the expenses for my career. Being part of the Adelante Mujer program from the 3rd year until the end of 6th year, in addition to the financial aid, each meeting with Sister Ann and Sister Diane gave us many words of blessing for our lives. I must say that the support of Adelante Mujer, despite having finished the studies, was always helping us until we received our diploma and obtained our MINSA code number.

On March 26 2021, after three extra years of study, I have managed to conclude a medical specialty in pediatrics. I know that from heaven Sister Ann is proud of what every woman has achieved.  She told us that our training always continues for us to help other people in society, especially our people.

 

I am and will be grateful for the Adelante Mujer program and for every person who has decided to contribute financially to this program. God bless you.

Kind regards,

Dr. Joice ~ May 2021

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

In Her Own Words…

First of all, everyone receives a cordial greeting. I hope you are all in perfect health. 

I am Jessica Ruiz Taylor, I am 19 years old, and I am a student of the 5th semester (year 3) of the Intercultural Medicine Career. I am originally from the City of Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas. I come from a poor but hardworking family, I have 9 siblings, I am one of the youngest. I have two excellent parents who struggle to bring us food home every day, who have instilled in me great values and that today I try to put them into practice to become in a great professional in the health area. 

I really like to dedicate a large part of my time to studies, so that, in the not too distant future I can serve the population with respect, effectiveness, efficiency and, above all, humanism. At my young age I have learned that life is about goals and effort, that if we do not fight to improve our environment, no one will do it for us, and that life is worth living despite difficulties and falls. I believe that this life is based on overcoming every challenge that comes our way, since every time we fall we can get up stronger and become better than before. 

I chose to study this career, because for me it is very valuable, since life is the most precious treasure of the human being and, by training as a doctor, I can help people to have a greater life expectancy, even in their most critical moments… That said, human health, disease and death implies exercising the knowledge of this science for the maintenance, rehabilitation and recovery of the health of those who need it.   

I want to thank you very much for the help provided so far. Not only to thank you for the financial compensation, which of course has been of great help, but also for the fact that I have benefited from a foundation that aims to give medical students a better future. Thank you very much for always keeping me in mind and having accepted my application since my third semester, which corresponds to the second year of the degree, as well as for the trust you have placed in me. This gives me more courage to continue with my studies and thus try to achieve my goals. Also thank you not only for the support you have given me, but also for providing support to my other colleagues in the program. Humanitarian service for me is an act of solidarity and empathy towards the problems that afflict our country. Words fall short if I try to express how grateful I am to all the members of the Adelante Mujer foundation. You cannot imagine how much they have helped me in my training as a doctor. 

God bless you all.     

Jessica, Third Year Medical Student  ~  March 2021

God Provides the Offices; We Gratefully Work in Them

 

When Sister Ann McKean, the foundress of Adelante Mujer, became a resident of the CSA Nazareth Court assisted living facility, her most serious concern was how we would manage the business of Adelante Mujer from her very small bedroom. With providential timing, a small office was vacated just down the hall from Sister Ann’s room. That little office became ours for the next five years. We were always grateful and regarded it as a gift of God.

When Sister Ann’s residence transferred from Nazareth Court to God’s Heavenly Court and because of other circumstances, we were notified that Adelante Mujer would need to find a different office. With the help of God and, we believe, Sister Ann, another office-gift was located. It has an inner and outer office with ample storage, the furniture was donated for our use, and rent is miraculously low. Our Adelante Mujer Board of Directors believes the new office heralds an evolvement and growth of Adelante Mujer which, thanks to our generous donors, has already financially assisted 54 women who are now medical doctors and an additional 49 students in various years of medical school in Nicaragua.

We invite you to visit our new office via the photos below. Please rejoice with us in the consistent and gracious ways Adelante Mujer is blessed to continue assisting women in Nicaragua who rely on us to help them pursue a medical degree.

 

     

 

                 

Bonded by a Photo and a Prayer

It all started almost three years ago when a photo of an Adelante Mujer student was sent to each person on our mailing list. The student’s first name was printed on the photo with the request for prayer for her. The responses received from several recipients were gratifying. “I have her picture on my refrigerator and pray for her often.” “I love to see her smiling face on my dresser.” “Her picture is in my prayer book so I remember to pray for her each day.” Continue reading “Bonded by a Photo and a Prayer”

The Beautiful Blessing You Are

Semester Two of 2020 has begun for the students of Intercultural Medicine at URACCAN University. Each student submitted the required grade report from the first semester and we are so very proud to announce that 49 of 51 Adelante Mujer students have qualified for funding. Below are just a few of the email messages thanking you for your financial assistance that is essential to their success.  Continue reading “The Beautiful Blessing You Are”

In Case You’re Wondering

When people donate they usually want to know two things: Is my money going to the cause I want to support and do recipients appreciate what I give?

The reply to the first concern is a definite “Yes, every penny of every donation is used to help young women in Nicaragua who are studying to be medical doctors. Every penny.” Continue reading “In Case You’re Wondering”

Why Support Adelante Mujer?

Why choose to support Adelante Mujer when there are so many places in the world where people are displaced from their homes by war; where hunger is common; where basic needs like clean water, health care, and shelter are unavailable? We all have limited resources and want to help others less fortunate. How do we choose when we cannot help everyone?

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giving makes us feel happy

Giving Makes Us Feel Happy

Excerpts From the Greater Good Magazine – Science Based Insights from a Meaningful Life

In a 2006 study, Jorge Moll and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect.

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