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.”

Do the medical students appreciate what I give? Another resounding “Yes!” During every visit to Nicaragua we are thanked for helping students realize their dream to be medical doctors. One student said, “We can’t believe strangers would help us like they do.” A student who is now a doctor explained, “I never could have paid for all I needed to complete my degree. Tell everyone that I am infinitely grateful.”

Sometimes when we are in Nicaragua a student will give a thank you note or a little gift of gratitude to us who represent the program. Sister Ann who founded Adelante Mujer is the one most commonly  honored. One grateful student used her considerable artistic talent to thank for the funding she had received. “I made this for Sister Ann,” she told us. She opened a lovely drawing she offered as a gift. Sister Ann was quite impressed by the likeness it had to her. The gratitude of the students is truly special and so very sincere.

A few years ago one of our beautiful almost-doctors gave me a little envelop to deliver to Sister Ann. She told me it was her First Communion rosary. Needless to say, it was very humbling and quite unbelievable for her to give something so precious. “Are you sure?” I asked. “Don’t you want to save it to give to your daughter for her First Communion?” “No,” she insisted. “I want Sister Ann to have it. I am so thankful to her that she started Adelante Mujer and now I will be a doctor because of all the help from Adelante Mujer.” Thank you, donors, in her name.

Last December one of our doctors said through an interpreter: “Tell Sister Ann that she is going to be a grandma!” She continued, “When I have my baby I will name her after Sister Ann because she helped me so much for all those years I studied.” And sure enough, as of the end of January there is a baby named after the foundress of Adelante Mujer. How grateful is that mother who is now an Adelante Mujer doctor! Her daughter is living evidence of her thanks to all who give to help women medical students in northeastern Nicaragua become medical doctors.

Sister Diane ~ May 2019

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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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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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Sister Ann McKean, CSA, PhD ~ Foundress

Sister Ann McKean, CSA, PhD ~ Foundress of Adelante Mujer

We are dedicating this blog to our foundress, Sister Ann McKean. We celebrate her 60th year as a Sister of Saint Agnes on August 15, 2017. Sister Ann’s background includes teaching in colleges, universities, and even a Catholic seminary. She has held the title “senior professor of theology.” Her subjects have included Sacred Scripture, women’s studies, world religions, and anthropology.

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Beating the Odds

Daunting are the challenges that a young woman has to face if she wants to become a physician in a culture where some 13-year-olds become mothers, where most children legally end school at age 12, and where the average annual family income is less than $2,000.

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