Shoulder Taps

We have all heard the expression: Every once in a while God taps us on the shoulder. Nearly every minute of every day I hear things chiming, beeping, ringing, flashing, or clicking. Texts, emails, phone calls, ads, billboards, neon lights, and alerts all fight for my attention. How can I possibly notice a little tap?

 What is a tap? It’s probably something different for each of us. I went to Nicaragua several years ago because I had read that it was the new Costa Rica, a country I love. I spent 5 weeks in Nicaragua traveling up and down the west coast, looking for lovely beaches, restaurants, and fun tourist attractions. Instead what I found was a people still struggling to come back from the Nicaraguan Revolution. A far cry from Costa Rica.


While in Nicaragua I met many people from Wisconsin, the Fox River Valley in particular, where many sister-cities exist. They were there helping to set up small businesses using donated equipment from the U.S. We met 5 beekeepers from the University of Wisconsin who were there to help set up an organic beekeeping industry. We met librarians who who were there preparing for the opening of the first public library. Donated sewing machines were being used to set up various textile businesses. There was even a fire engine shipped from Appleton along with retired school busses and used bicycles. The local people I met there were friendly, kind, and hard working. They were extremely grateful for all the aid being sent. This was all happening on the west coast.

By chance a few months later after returning to the U.S., I met Sisters Ann and Diane who spent an afternoon telling me about Adelante Mujer. That was a major TAP for me! How could I possibly ignore the opportunity they presented to me, the chance to financially support young Nicaraguan women on the east coast who aspire to become doctors. This is a much poorer region than the west coast and the shortage of medical care much greater. The organization was still relatively new, but already had medical graduates.

Every once in a while God taps us on the shoulder. If you feel this is your tap as I did, please consider joining us in this most worthwhile mission.

Rita Thomas ~ Board Member

Government Service

Some of you have asked me: What positions do our doctors hold during their two-year required government service after graduation and prior to receiving their licenses. We have information about some of the most recent graduates, but it can sometimes be difficult to keep in touch with them once they are no longer receiving funding from us.

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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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giving makes us feel happy

Giving Makes Us Feel Happy

Excerpts From the Greater Good Magazine – Science Based Insights from a Meaningful Life

In a 2006 study, Jorge Moll and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect.

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The Maternity Ward

When we travel to Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, we regularly visit the local hospital to check on our students and some of our graduates who are now practicing doctors. My first visit was in 2016 and I was shocked to see the conditions (see the Jan. 2017 blog ‘My First Trip: Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas).

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Meet Our New Doctors

These nine remarkable woman graduated from URACCAN University on Feb. 24, 2018. We now have a total of thirty-one doctors who were supported by your donations and are now working as doctors in that region. These doctors received your support, through Adelante Mujer, between one to four years during their studies. All nine have now begun their internships at the local hospital and clinics.

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It has been just over one year since I made my first visit to Bilwi, Nicaragua. Since then the students I met, especially the new applicants, have been on my mind. They are hard to forget.

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