One-World Mission supports medical students through Adelante Mujer

Elizabeth Rydeen

A grant from the One-World Mission Grant Fund helped cover expenses for five medical school students attending the School of Intercultural Medicine at URRACAN University in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. The local newspaper, La Prensa, reports that the students with the highest grade point averages are medical students, and the student with the highest marks overall was an Adelante Mujer student.

Adelante Mujer’s partnership with a German nonprofit covered most of the tuition, while the OWM grant paid for school and medical supplies—copy expenses, lab coats, stethoscope, scrubs, rubber gloves, rubber gloves. The grant also provided meals for the five medical students over two semesters.

The program Adelante Mujer (Advance Women) is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Agnes, a congregation headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., with a 70-year history of serving the people of Nicaragua. Sister Ann McKean, in her final report said, “These future doctors will work in very poor areas of Nicaragua and advance the health care for their people. The mission of Jesus to the poor and marginalized will be advanced because of these new doctors.”

Sister Ann has a long history with our community and has visited Little Falls many times. She befriended all our sisters who served in Tennessee and cared for Sisters Loretta Beyer, Beverly Weidner and Louise McKigney after their car accident.



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