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Reflecting On The Impact Of The Adelante Mujer Scholarship By Student Ana Verónica Peña

Dear friends and supporters,

I am thrilled to share with you the profound impact that the “Adelante Mujer” scholarship has had on my journey as a student of Intercultural Medicine. From the outset, receiving this scholarship has been a tremendous honor and a game-changer in both my academic and personal life.

Throughout this semester, I’ve had the privilege to engage in a variety of modules and activities that have not only enriched my university experience but have also honed my skills as a future medical professional. One of the most rewarding experiences was participating in vaccination campaigns against diseases like measles, diphtheria, and whooping cough. These campaigns were not just about administering vaccines but were pivotal moments in understanding the importance of preventive medicine and community health.

Equally impactful was my involvement in mosquito control efforts aimed at combating malaria and dengue, diseases that have had a significant impact on our city. These initiatives underscored the critical intersection between public health and community involvement, shaping my understanding of healthcare beyond clinical settings.

Of course, clinical rotations were a cornerstone of this semester. They provided me with firsthand experience in providing care and support to patients facing various illnesses. These rotations have been invaluable in reinforcing my commitment to pursuing excellence in medical practice and serving my community with dedication and empathy.

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to those who made this scholarship possible. Your generosity and belief in my potential have been a constant source of inspiration. I am committed to continuing my academic journey with determination, striving to achieve my goals and make a meaningful contribution to society.

As I look ahead to the next semester, I am excited about the opportunities for growth and learning that lie ahead. I promise to keep you updated on my progress and share more insights into how your support continues to shape my path.

Thank you once again for believing in me and for supporting the “Forward Woman” scholarship. Together, we are making a difference.

Warm regards,

Ana Verónica Peña

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Empowering New Futures: Our transformative Journey to Guatemala

Friends,

I am thrilled to share an inspiring journey that I recently embarked on to Guatemala, a trip that was as eye-opening as it was uplifting. Accompanied by Sister Diane, whose enthusiasm and wisdom enriched the experience, we set off to witness firsthand the profound need in a new area of Central America.  We witnessed how your generosity has the power to change lives and opening new doors of opportunity for many deserving young women. Our experiences reaffirmed the importance of our mission and highlighted exciting new possibilities for growth and greater service through Adelante Mujer.

A Heartfelt Journey

Our adventure began on a Sunday, with a flight from Milwaukee to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by Sandra Corrigan, our translator, and soon met Jayme, our driver, along with Sister Argelina. Sister Argelina, a dedicated member of the School Sisters of St. Francis (SSSF) and the head of The Center for Alternative Programs, guided us to our destination in Santa Apolonia.

The Center for Alternative Programs

The Center is a sanctuary of hope and opportunity, featuring a unique complex where city streets interlace with welcoming apartment-style homes. These homes, each with four bedrooms, a communal living space, and modern amenities, serve as a haven for the residents. The Center also houses a woodworking shop and a shoemaking factory, showcasing the sisters’ commitment to self-sustainability. Until recently, the Center operated as an orphanage, caring for around 50 children. However, due to recent government reforms, the focus has shifted, marking a poignant transition for the sisters.

A New Mission: Empowering Young Women

In response to these changes, Sister Argelina launched a new initiative aimed at supporting young women. Many former orphans, now returned to impoverished family situations, continue to receive financial and emotional support from the Center. The current mission is to provide these young women, aged 18 and above, with housing and a path to higher education. This nurturing environment allows them to pursue their dreams, particularly in fields like nursing, where three of the nine residents are currently focused.

The Impact of Your Support

Meeting these remarkable young women was transformative. Their intelligence, passion, and determination to succeed were evident. They have the potential to become exceptional leaders and contributors to society, thanks to the support they receive. However, the Center’s capacity is limited by funding, and this is where your generosity can make a significant difference. With USD $4000 per year, another young woman can be given the chance to pursue her dreams.

A Glimpse into Lives Transformed

During our visit, we had the privilege to meet Aura Chuluc and Yulissa Chacach, two high school seniors with aspirations of attending San Carlos University’s pre-med program. Despite living in extreme poverty, their academic excellence and resolve are inspiring. While the government covers tuition at this public university, living expenses remain a hurdle. This presents a unique opportunity for Adelante Mujer to extend our support beyond the Center’s current capabilities.

Building a Stronger Future Together

The alignment between the Center’s mission and Adelante Mujer’s vision is profound. This partnership could offer donors a more tangible way to engage, from funding educational pursuits to participating in medical, dental, or physical work projects in Guatemala. The logistics are feasible, and the impact is immeasurable.

As we forge ahead, I am excited about the potential of this collaboration and the lives we can transform together. Your continued support is not just appreciated—it is vital. I look forward to sharing more stories and updates with you and am eager to explore how we can further this incredible mission.

Thank you for being part of this journey. Your generosity is paving the way for brighter futures. Please follow along and continue giving generously!

Onward! Adelante!

Kaitlyn Boscaljon
Executive Director
Adelante Mujer, Inc.

14 Women Are Now Doctors!

 

Friends,

February and March have been incredibly exciting months here at Adelante Mujer!

On February 17th we celebrated the graduation of 14 new women doctors from URACCAN University in Bilwi, Nicaragua.

We now have 89 women who have graduated from college and taken their Hippocratic Oath!

The combination of Adelante Mujer’s extraordinary achievement in supporting these 89 women through medical school, along with the 56 who are currently enrolled, and the work and effort these women have put into shaping their futures, is a beacon of hope and empowerment. In Nicaragua, the impact of Adelante Mujer’s 14 new medical school graduates resonates profoundly, particularly in their mission to serve the underserved and uplift impoverished communities. These graduates embody the spirit of compassion and dedication, poised to make a tangible difference in the lives of the marginalized and disadvantaged. Their education and training equip them not only with medical expertise but also with a deep understanding of the socioeconomic challenges facing their country. As they step into the field, they carry with them a commitment to provide quality healthcare to those who need it most, regardless of financial barriers. With their newfound skills and unwavering determination, they will work tirelessly to alleviate suffering, promote wellness, and empower individuals and families to lead healthier, more dignified lives. Adelante Mujer’s graduates stand as beacons of hope, catalysts for change, and champions for the rights and well-being of Nicaragua’s poor.

Above you’ll see photos of our graduates (one is missing) receiving their stethoscopes.  Thanks to your generous support, Adelante Mujer can provide them with this tool, most likely the nicest they will ever have.

As the women in school now get up and rolling, now in their second month of this current semester, we’re looking forward to sharing new stories and updates from them coming soon!

Access to higher education matters! The advancement of women around the world matters! When you support Adelante Mujer women, you’re empowering a new generation of women, creating systemic change for future generations!

Onward! Adelante!


Kaitlyn Boscaljon
Executive Director
Adelante Mujer, Inc.

What a Blessing to Give the Gift of Sight

Hello! I hope you and your families are well. Dr Heydi, Nicaraguan

I am currently in the ophthalmology module, where I do my clinical practices on the afternoon and night shifts once a week. This year, I do not have any specific patients since I do not have time to do visits in person daily; the 5th year is quite full of activities and classes.

Dr Heydi, Nicaraguan

I interact with patients daily; people already recognize me when they see me on the street and express themselves as very grateful.

This month we have assisted some communities to vaccinate adults and children against COVID-19 and Tetanus and ensured that children have their complete vaccination schedule. We also give them antiparasitic medications.

 

Dr Heydi, NicaraguanI feel happy because the people in the communities trust us and accept that they are given the correct medicine, unlike in previous years when they were incredulous about the existence of certain diseases.

I have attached some photos of my clinical practices. I am always grateful for your support; you are a very important part of this great dream.

Blessings!
Heydi
February 2024

Dr Heydi, Nicaraguan

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Had to Save Her Baby

 

three ladies taken care of twinsHello. I am Doctor Allison and I was a student in the Adelante Mujer program between 2017-2020.I will always be grateful for all the ways Adelante Mujer has helped me make possible my dream of becoming a doctor.

After I took the Hippocratic Oath on March 24, 2021, I completed one year of internship and two years of social service. The path has been difficult but not impossible.

During my medical internship at the boarding school and social service, I have had many experiences. In each experience, I have always had God present and I feel that God has helped me to be able to move forward. Before, during and after each procedure I perceive myself, I talk to God and I ask God for wisdom, intelligence and patience so that God’s hands, through me, can help me help my patients, especially those who are in critical condition and who have often made us feel that we could lose them. Continue reading “We Had to Save Her Baby”

My First Time Assisting at Surgery

Being a medical student during her last year of study in the Intercultural Medicine program of URACCAN University surfaces a multitude of emotions as you will read in this report submitted by Merlin. She wrote:

Merlin Assisting in surgery ~ December 2023

 

This first image was taken at the beginning of this second semester.  My teacher guide informed me the day before to prepare to assist him in a prostate removal surgery.  At first I was very afraid and nervous because I had never seen a procedure of this type even though he had already given us the theoretical knowledge prior to surgery.

Continue reading “My First Time Assisting at Surgery”

The Faith and Caring of Future Physicians🙏

Adelante Mujer has always placed high expectations on students who receive financial assistance.  To be excellent doctors, they need to apply themselves as serious students who attain the learning and skills they will need in their profession.  Excellent doctors also need to convey a personal caring for each of their patients without belief they are the omnipotent healers.  Will Adelante Mujer doctors demonstrate these necessary elements?  Some of the very kind messages that students sent to Karen, our Executive Director who Continue reading “The Faith and Caring of Future Physicians🙏”

Bird flying in blue sky with little white cloud

Adelante! Advance! Forward!

Sometimes life does not deal the cards we hoped to receive.  Sadly, Karen Heuberger has been put in that position.  Her cancer has returned and requires an indefinite length of treatment which prompted her to resign as Executive Director after two years of devoted service to Adelante Mujer.  Karen wrote, “While I have tried to serve Adelante Mujer and our students Continue reading “Adelante! Advance! Forward!”

Photos of recent doctors in Nicaraguan

Doctors on Our Wall

Each year Adelante Mujer proudly publishes the photos and first names of the newest doctors who received financial assistance from our faithful donors and grantors. It is our privilege to walk into the office each day and see all of their smiling, grateful faces and we thought you might appreciate the same inspiring view.

The first panel features Continue reading “Doctors on Our Wall”

wooden box, wrapped in ribbon

Giving from the Heart

Below are a few of the responses we received from donors to our recent question: Please tell us why you contribute to Adelante Mujer or how you heard about us. We are grateful for their replies, some of which we share with you.

“A very dear friend served as a nurse in Nicaragua for many years and she Continue reading “Giving from the Heart”