A Visit With the Students

A generous and talented benefactor not only designed, but also donated the beautiful Christmas card you received in December. Each of the cards contained a photo of one of our students. During Sister Diane’s visit to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua last month, she asked each class a particular question. I thought you might gain some insight into who these women are if we shared some of their answers. I’m sorry I won’t be able to write about all of them since we currently have many students and my space is limited.

When Candy, a 3rd year student, was asked what part of being a medical student she liked the best she first talked about how much she appreciates URACCAN’s emphasis on the intercultural medicine program. Candy speaks 3 languages which is helpful when working in the countryside with the indigenous population. She is also learning English. She added, “it’s time the east coast get appropriate medical care.”

Frijia, also in year 3, said she has a desire to be in solidarity with the people of Waspam. Frijia is from that area and moved to Puerto Cabezas with her mother and 2 children so that she can attend the university. Her husband had to leave the family to work in Managua to help support them while she studies medicine.

Keyla, year 4, was asked, “What was the most difficult situation you saw or performed?” She said she feels she has overcome many obstacles already, but the most fearful one so far was in obstetrics. “There is so much going on during a birth because you have to pay attention to both the mother and the baby.” She has learned so much from assisting in a birth and found that she has lost her fear and absolutely loves it.

The question asked of the year 5 students was, “Are you ready for your 6th and final year at the university? What challenges are you expecting?” Nearly everyone expressed gratitude to God, relief at having made it through 5 years, and looked forward, with a little fear of the unknown, to the challenge of the last year. Karla looks forward to having more involvement in the community. Junieska said that without the help of Adelante Mujer she probably would not have been able to continue her studies. Conny said she was happy they will all be entering together. Farlin is very proud that she made it this far but she couldn’t have done it without the financial help of Adelante Mujer. Merling cannot deny some fear because becoming a doctor is a big responsibility.

The 6th year students have all been sent out to various parts of the east coast to help deal with a serious outbreak of malaria. We had hoped to attend their graduation in Dec., but it has been postponed. We understand they will return to Puerto Cabezas in February when they will possibly graduate. Nothing there is certain. The graduation will happen when they

Rita Thomas ~ Board Member ~ January 2019

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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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The Application Process

I had the opportunity to go to Puerto Cabezas last December and observe first-hand the interview process of our potential new Adelante Mujer doctors. Listening to their stories, I was astounded by their fortitude. Next month I will write more about them individually, but first I want to explain the interview and selection process.

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