The Difference You Make

Nicaragua, a land of natural beauty, has a culturally diverse population, with over 400,000 inhabitants identifying themselves as members of an indigenous or ethnic community.  Many of these indigenous peoples live in the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast.  In this rural area of the country, doctors and hospitals are in short supply, with a patient to doctor ratio of approximately 9,000 to 1.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, “To eliminate health inequities for indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and members of other ethnic groups, it is essential to promote intercultural approaches. Intercultural health models such as complementary, traditional and integrative medicine (TCIM) contribute to self-determination by promoting self-care, empowerment, and a people-centered approach.”  This is where URACCAN (University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast), Adelante Mujer, and those who support us come together.

The Intercultural Medicine program at URACCAN was developed to “train community doctors who offer health care, taking into account the worldview of our Afro-descendant, indigenous and mixed-race peoples of the Caribbean Coast, and complementarity between the different health systems existing in the Autonomous Regions.”  This program teaches students not only modern medicine practice, but also the appreciation and application of traditional healing methods.

Adelante Mujer was founded to help young women in Nicaragua attend the university and reach their God-given potential.  Working with the program at URACCAN, Adelante Mujer helps support the women to become doctors, who will then give back to their communities.

You, the supporters of Adelante Mujer, have had a huge impact on these women and those they serve.  Because of YOU, 61 women have become doctors through the program at URACCAN and are providing medical care to those in rural areas of Nicaragua, some of whom can only be reached via a boat ride on the Rio Coco.

Because of YOU, 45 more women are getting school and medical supplies to help them study and become excellent doctors.  Because of YOU, these women have safe transportation to the hospital to learn hands-on.  Because of YOU, these women also get a good meal while they study because the brain can’t learn when the body is hungry.  Because of YOU, the underserved indigenous people of Nicaragua are getting the health care they need.

 

 

Thank you for the difference YOU make!

  ~~~~~~ Karen, October 2021 ~~~~~~

In Their Own Words

In July, we shared that our campaign to raise money for computers was a success.  Our onsite coordinator in Nicaragua wrote, “The girls told me to say thanks for this great help and some of them said that they were going to say thanks personally, they are so happy and thankful.”  Many of the women have written to show their gratitude for the computers, and for ongoing financial support.  We would like to share some of that appreciation in their own words.

“I already received the computer and I want to thank you infinitely for the support that you and together with the organization give us. Many, many thanks!” – Dora 

“Thank you for giving me the computer, I am very happy and grateful to all of you for your support…I will always be grateful, if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be studying.” – Xochilt

“…to the donors who provide a seed for the girls of the medical school, God bless those hands, their jobs, their lives and their families.  I always keep them present in my prayers.” – Katia 

“I am very grateful for the support and your good wishes that you give me. It is a joy for me to belong to this organization of ADELANTE MUJER.” – Zuleyka

“I must tell you that I am deeply grateful to you and Adelante Mujer for allowing me to be part of the scholarship.” – Athzhiri 

“Thank you very much for always having me in the plans of the Adelante Mujer program and being able to be part of this great work that is a great blessing to me. I hope in the Lord Jesus Christ to always get ahead and never give up until I am a good Doctor as a useful instrument to save lives.” – Dominga  

“Thank you very much for giving me this financial support, I hope to meet your expectations and I will continue studying to be able to meet my goals. Thank you very much again, I am very grateful.” – Yatzhari 

We appreciate the generosity you showed to help 27 Adelante Mujer students receive the technology they need to study more effectively and efficiently.  Thank you for all your support of these future doctors!

~~~~~~ Karen Heuberger, Executive Director, September 2021 ~~~~~~

 

Sixty-One Doctors and Counting

Several years ago when Sister Ann McKean, CSA, PhD and I were talking with Dr. Manuel Salas about the goals of Adelante Mujer, we asked how many doctors Nicaragua would need. Thirty? Fifty? About how many? His reply was simple. “We will never have enough;  there is such a terrible shortage.”  “All right,” we decided, “Adelante Mujer will continue to provide financial assistance to women medical students for as long as God and our donors help us.”

On March 24, 2021 another glorious success of Adelante Mujer’s mission became a reality. Seven industrious students pronounced the Hippocratic Oath to become devoted physicians.

 

 

 

The Promotion Ceremony begins with the formal introduction of each student and her escort. Here Jenny and her father are announced as they enter the assembly. Continue reading “Sixty-One Doctors and Counting”

And the Board Works On

Due to the current pandemic, our regular meeting room was closed the day before the March meeting of Adelante Mujer Board of Directors. Our gathering had to be cancelled. Voting on important issues was conducted by email responses and business pretty much continued as usual. Then, before the Annual Meeting scheduled in July, it was agreed that an in-person, half day session was less than feasible and, besides, the facility for the meeting was still closed to outsiders. This time a 3-hour meeting by Zoom was scheduled and, gratefully, it proceeded without a hitch. The important ministry of Adelante Mujer goes on without an office to work in and without a meeting room for nine devoted women to discuss business in our familiar space.  Continue reading “And the Board Works On”

How Students Apply Their Learning

Semester One of 2020 will soon be history for Adelante Mujer students in the Intercultural Medicine program of URACCAN University in northeast Nicaragua.  In addition to attending classes, doing assignments, and helping at the hospital, our students often do volunteer work by providing health care to family, neighbors, and needy people in the area.  Below are ventures of our sixth-year students.  Continue reading “How Students Apply Their Learning”