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New Beginnings

The school year in Nicaragua, unlike that in the United States, follows the calendar year.  When we visited students in December, they were completing the second semester of 2019.  As is our practice, we met with each class of students currently funded by Adelante Mujer.  What was significantly different during the December 2019 visit was the meeting with our students in their second year of medical school.  

The difference may be attributed to the fact that this second year class was the largest we have ever had.  Students interacted easily with each other and really taught us about the challenges they faced when they committed themselves to higher education and the medical curriculum.  The following gives you the opportunity to hear their challenges and the blessings they readily shared.

“We never went to school for a whole day before.  In primary and secondary school we attended only half a day.  To be in school all day was pretty hard at first.”

“I live far from here.  Our little community is on the river.  I had to take two small boats to get to a place where I could travel by land to come to URACCAN.  I miss my mom so much and she is so far away.”

“Last year 160 applied to get into medical school and of those accepted, the university would advance only 20 into the second year.  It was so, so difficult to learn so much.  But we did it!”

“Medical school is strict and we are here all the time.  We can’t be in good contact with our family and we miss all the celebrations.”

Challenges, students assured us, were balanced by blessings.

“It’s great to be part of a medical career!  Getting to see patients and have a relationship with them is special.”

“For me it was very emotional and exciting to qualify for second year studies.”

“We get to join the doctors by going house to house to test for malaria and to teach people about it.”

“I am happiest when I visit medical units and get to practice what I am learning.”

“It was scary to suture but the doctor told me I did a good job and the patient thanked me.”

In February this class became third year medical students.  Please keep them in your prayer.

Sister Diane, CSA  ~  April 2020

Grateful – part 1

We hear how thankful the students are, but you don’t have the same opportunity. You deserve to receive the gratitude since the support is coming directly from you, the donors. Below are some comments from the most recent applicants who have been accepted into the program. The thoughts are from the heart, the translation from Google.  Continue reading “Grateful – part 1”

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”

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*A note written in September 2017 by Sayonara in her academic year 5. Translated by Google

Hello Sister Ann,

I hope you are well, I am very pleased to greet you. I send greetings and thanks to all of our donors who make it possible for us scholars to continue studying and continue to help needy women. Continue reading “Sayonara”

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The Maternity Ward

When we travel to Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, we regularly visit the local hospital to check on our students and some of our graduates who are now practicing doctors. My first visit was in 2016 and I was shocked to see the conditions (see the Jan. 2017 blog ‘My First Trip: Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas).

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Escarleth

It has been just over one year since I made my first visit to Bilwi, Nicaragua. Since then the students I met, especially the new applicants, have been on my mind. They are hard to forget.

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Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas – Krismis Yamni

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As I sit here in the Managua Airport awaiting my flight from the balmy tropics of Nicaragua to the freezing blasts of another Wisconsin winter, I have time to reflect on our recent interviews with our current students from medical school in Puerto Cabezas as well as the candidates, young women who, despite living in one of the most impoverished regions in the world, refuse to give up on their dream of bringing medical help to those who, like themselves, have had to survive with little or nothing.

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Ten New Students Accepted

Sister Diane made the semi-annual trip to Puerto Cabezas/Bilwi in early May 2017. The schedule is always full on these visits, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and often not ending until 8:00 p.m. While there she meets with our contacts at the university and visits the hospital where she often runs into our graduates. She meets with our local administrator and handles our banking needs. The most important meetings though are those with our current students and the interviews with new applicants.

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