Hello from Nicaragua

I was born in a small village in Nicaragua just along the border of Honduras. Named Catherine Elizabeth Levy Wilson, everyone calls me Kathy. I was the second of five children, two of whom were born with disabilities and are the angels of our family. With them our family learned to accept and love others just as they are.

My great grandfather on the Wilson side of the family was a Moravian pastor who dedicated his life to serve God and the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean coast. The son of this pastor and my great grandmother became the first bishop of the Moravian Province Nicaragua-Honduras-Costa Rica. Their grandson became the second bishop. He is my mother’s brother. Religion and service have always been a strong part of our family.

                                                    Kathy with her sister, Dr. Florence

The Levy side of the family is from Bluefields. My grandmother died giving birth to my father so he was raised by his grandmother and eldest sister whom I loved dearly because I lived with her in Bluefields during the first two years of my secondary school.

My primary education began at the Moravian School in Bilwi, the first two years of secondary school at the Moravian School in Bluefields, and I finished high school run by the Catholic Church where I was able to certify myself as an Executive Secretary. I also studied English before moving to the United States where I got married. I worked in Miami, Atlanta, and in Morton, MS. I returned to Nicaragua to take care of my mom until she died.  

After Mom died I went back to the USA but decided to return to Nicaragua shortly after my dad died and my marriage was broken. I helped take care of my brothers with disabilities until they died. This was the time I decided to study at BICU University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hotel Administration.  

My employment in Nicaragua was diverse. I was a tour operator, bilingual telephone operator, operations officer for Ministry of the Interior, controller of radio programs, interpreter of English, Spanish, Miskito languages, did assistant nursing, and provided care at Verbo Church orphanage center. I became passionate about being with young people just as I love caring for elders.

                                                        Kathy with Sister Diane in Bilwi

My brother Edward became a mechanic like my dad and my sister Florence became a medical doctor. He specialized in his field in Japan, she in England. They both married and gave me two nieces and two nephews, one of whom I helped raise, and an adopted niece who is now a teenager.

When the previous On-site Coordinator for Adelante Mujer retired, my sister, Dr. Florence, encouraged me to accept the opportunity to serve and contribute to the students’ wellbeing. So I became part of this amazing program that is helping young women in Nicaragua to become doctors who have deep understanding of love and service they are to provide as doctors in their communities. I manage all the distribution of funding from Adelante Mujer to the students and I keep regular communication with the organization in the U.S. Yet, I could say that my biggest work with Adelante Mujer is making sure that all of our students continue always to become excellent doctors.  Adelante!

Blessings to all who are part of this great mission.  My best regards to all.

 Kathy Levy ~ February 2021

The Good News and the Sad

The Good News 

Donors sometimes ask about former medical students who became doctors.  Well, after they pronounce the Hippocratic Oath the new doctors spend one year as interns who work in the local hospital or in local clinics.  Following the internship, they are required to spend the next two years in “social service” which is a partial payment to the government for the government’s contribution to the cost of their medical education.  The total of nine years is culminated by the presentation and defense of a research paper required by URACCAN University.   Continue reading “The Good News and the Sad”

The Wind Was Wild

 

It started about 10:00 on the night of November 16. The wind roared as the strongest bands of hurricane Iota barreled across the city where Adelante Mujer students attend medical school in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. It was the second devastating hurricane to slam their “university town” in two weeks. Together hurricane Eta and Iota caused $743 million in damages. Continue reading “The Wind Was Wild”

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”

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”

The Legacy She Left Us

                                                                        As I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. I am running toward the only goal that                                                                               counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed. — Philippians 3:13-14 (Source: The Voice) 

 The quotation above is not Sister Ann McKean’s, but it well could be. Anyone who knew Sister Ann can attest to the fact that, as foundress of Adelante Mujer (Advance Woman,) she “put everything on the line for this mission.” Whether it was the welfare of the students, the success of the doctors, the pursuit of grants, the wisdom of investments, the caliber of the Board of Directors, the succession after her retirement, Sister Ann gave total energy and attention to each aspect of her mission. Someone jokingly said, “No matter what we’re discussing, Ann always manages to weave the conversation to Adelante Mujer!”  Continue reading “The Legacy She Left Us”

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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. Continue reading “New Beginnings”