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? Continue reading “Shoulder Taps”
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 Continue reading “A Visit With the Students”
Blessed Holidays to you all; our special
supporters and friends of Adelante Mujer
Board of Directors
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.
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?
The very first 8 Adelante Mujer medical graduates from URACCAN (University of the Autonomous Region of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua) have now completed their 3 years of required community service. When they finished their 6 years of study, our funding stopped, but they are not yet at the end of their program nor of their expenses.
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.
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).
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.
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.