Happy Students

Thanks to so many people who responded generously to the request for donations to purchase laptops for Adelante Mujer students. During  June, Adelante Mujer was able to provide much needed computers to 27 students! What a blessing. Please take a look at the smiles when Kathy Levy, the Adelante Mujer Coordinator in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas presented the electronic treasures to medical students who will no longer be forced to study using cell phones they own or borrow. 

                                  

 

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On a very sad note we share the news that Dr. Leajheen, who was in her second year of required social service, was returning from a medical duty when the motorcycle she was on, tipped over.  During or after the surgery to repair her broken leg, she died of a lung embolism. A colleague described Leajheen as “A hero in white robes.”    

 

 

Sister Diane  ~  July 2021

Can You Hear It Now…My Heart?

Since the first class of Adelante Mujer students took the Hippocratic Oath on December 12, 2014, each new doctor has been presented a Littmann stethoscope as a graduation gift.  We would pack them into our suitcases when we travelled to Nicaragua and observe the smiles, even tears, as each doctor received her gift.  With the pandemic still limiting travel, our devoted On-site Coordinator, Kathy Levy, purchased the treasures in Nicaragua and blessed each doctor with a piece of medical equipment that will enhance her work, thanks to Adelante Mujer donors.  

Doctors who convened together for the presentation are:

Doctors Keyla, Jenny, Jazmin, Mercy, and Allison

 Individuals who could not join the group are:

             Doctors Judith and Maikelin

 

                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our doctors who received a stethoscope-gift in 2014 told me that another doctor once borrowed her stethoscope and asked her, “Where did you get this?  I could hear so much better!”Hopefully, owning a fairly good stethoscope will help our doctors hear a little better and deliver better care because they have more clarity about the sounds within each patient

Sister Diane ~ June 2021

 

Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

We can proudly tell you where one of the Adelante Mujer doctors has gone and what she has accomplished. On March 26 a member of the first graduating class of Intercultural Medicine and of Adelante Mujer earned her title as Pediatrician from UNAN University in León, Nicaragua. Her letter below describes her gratitude. Each and every donor can celebrate her success which may not have been possible without your help. 

Hello. I am Joice. I was part of the Adelante Mujer program almost from the beginning and with its support I was able to conclude the Intercultural Medicine career of URACCAN University. I have so much to thank for and I have so many memories of Adelante Mujer.  

 

I still remember the day I arrived at the interview with Sister Ann McKean. I remember that Sister Ann thought I could be her interpreter because my friend Ana, who also was coming to ask for support of Adelante Mujer, told Sister Ann that I could interpret for us. That was a moment that caused us all to laugh. I do know some English but I could not be an interpreter!                

To be part of Adelante Mujer was very blessed because with that financial aid there was no need for my mother to worry so much about the expenses for my career. Being part of the Adelante Mujer program from the 3rd year until the end of 6th year, in addition to the financial aid, each meeting with Sister Ann and Sister Diane gave us many words of blessing for our lives. I must say that the support of Adelante Mujer, despite having finished the studies, was always helping us until we received our diploma and obtained our MINSA code number.

On March 26 2021, after three extra years of study, I have managed to conclude a medical specialty in pediatrics. I know that from heaven Sister Ann is proud of what every woman has achieved.  She told us that our training always continues for us to help other people in society, especially our people.

 

I am and will be grateful for the Adelante Mujer program and for every person who has decided to contribute financially to this program. God bless you.

Kind regards,

Dr. Joice ~ May 2021

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

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”

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”