On February 13, 2018 Bryan Argenis Carrillo, who studied medicine at the Autonomous Christian University of Nicaragua (UCAN in the city of León), graduated as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery.
Carrillo is originally from the community of Genizaro, in the municipality of San Juan del Sur. He was awarded a scholarship in 2013 by Fundación A. Jean Brugger and our partner Doctors for Doctors. We wish Bryan the greatest success in his professional career, and anticípate that he will be able to fulfill his dream of serving his community as a medical profesional.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger gives the most sincere CONGRATULATIONS to this young professional and his parents. We especially want to mention our immense THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS to the sponsors of this scholarship, the Canadian organization Doctors for Doctors and Nurses for Nurses. We also want to mention the founder of Doctors for Doctors, Andrew Wilson, who was in charge of the management and guarantee of resources so that this student could finish his medical studies. Thank you Andrew Wilson for believing and trusting in Fundación A. Jean Brugger: "Providing educational opportunities for human and community development"
Each year in the month of February, the Fundación A. Jean Brugger organizes a reception for U.S. Board Members, scholarship students and collaborators of the staff of the Fundación.
February 9th, this reception was held in the Restaurant La Canoa of the Hotel Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa. The students presented a summary of the social projects that they carried out in their community and the 6 new scholarship students of 2018 were introduced.
During this activity the students and members of the board of directors were able to converse, and others had the pleasure of meeting their sponsors, there was a space to take pictures and also enjoy an exquisite Nicaraguan buffet called Caballo Bayo.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger gives the "Welcome" to the new six young people who benefited from the Scholarship Program for 2018.
The staff of Fundación A. Jean Brugger and a member of the board of directors together with 6 young people who benefited from the scholarship program, held a welcome meeting on February 9 at the FAJB offices.
The reception meeting was for the purpose of giving them the full induction to our program of Scholarships, commitments, activities and a presentation of the different educational social programs executed and supported by the A. Jean Brugger Foundation presented by the Executive Director Vilma Bustos and the Direct Programs Alvaro Novoa at the end of the activity we share a snack.
1. Diana Arguello, studied Business Administration UNICIT- Managua / Sponsor: Katie Brugger.
2. Joselin Romero, studied UNAN Dentistry - León / Sponsors: Louis and Jean Fiore.
3. Jossette Garbanzo, studies UNICA-Managua Psychology / Sponsor: Kathleen Lannert.
4. Eliezer Mendoza, studied Civil Engineering UNI- Managua / Sponsor: Frank Laski and Nancy Zollers.
5. Kevin Pérez, studied Telecommunications Engineering IES-Managua / Sponsors: Family Foertsch and Katie Brugger.
6. Jorge Ramos, studied Civil Engineering UCC-Managua / Sponsors: Graduated students of Fundación A. Jean Brugger.
We thank the sponsors who are also part of our Foundation family. Thank you for believing and trusting in our work. Thanks to you, we can be part of the professional and human development of young people from San Juan who applied to our program, believing in the valuable work we do to keep our mission alive.
On Saturday, February 3, we presented a Tribute to Jean Brugger to celebrate her 20 years of service in the educational development of young people in our community. The celebration was held at the new public space in the Port of San Juan del Sur.
It was a very emotional event, remembering how Jean Brugger began with the school uniform project, working in collaboration with Mrs. Lilliam Reyes. Little by little the Fundación has grown, adding programs that benefit the inhabitants of this town. Today our programs are:
1. School Supplies Program
2. Scholarship Program
3. Ancianos Program
4. Rural High School Institute
5. Baseball Camp
6. Friends of the Foundation Program
This event was attended by members of the local board of directors, local businessmen, representatives of the American Airlines Cannonball group who have supported the school supplies program for many years, participants in the senior citizens' program, former scholarship students, current students of the scholarship program, parents and family of students that the Fundación has supported, friends of Mrs. Jean Brugger, and many people from the community, all of whom made this moment something special.
During the program, recognition was given in gratitude to Jean for her valuable work, both on the part of the current and former scholarship students, and by many of the attendees who gave words of thanks to Mrs. Jean Brugger.
Nicaragua Mia Folkloric Ballet, directed by Mr. Bruno Pomares, graced the stage with four special dances. We thank Mr. Pomares and each one of the members of this dance group for donating your talents and art to make this event even more memorable.
We would also like to thank the Empresa Portuaria Nacional for allowing us to hold this event in the beautiful space in the new Port complex.
The staff of Fundación A. Jean Brugger thanks all those who attended this special event, and for their expressions of love towards doña Jean Brugger.
We also appreciate the collaboration of the students of the scholarship program who volunteered their time to make this event a success.
On Saturday January 20th, the second meeting of former Fundación A. Jean Brugger Scholarship Students was held at the Royal Ocean Restaurant.
The objective of this event was to strengthen links with the graduates, in order to maintain close communication and coordination of reciprocal benefits between the graduated professionals and Fundación A. Jean Brugger.
During the program, we presented what Fundacion A. Jean Brugger is currently doing to support the educational development of our community. Also, Executive Director Vilma Bustos presented a proposal to the graduates that they support the scholarship program, by collectively sponsoring a student’s university career.
The graduates agreed to contribute financially to a scholarship with great enthusiasm and joy. In addition they voted on which student to support. Finally they all enjoyed a delicious dinner.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger thanks all the graduates who participated in this event for their willingness to contribute so that other young people can also fulfill their dreams of being able to study a university career.
Days for Girls, with women from the communities of San Antonio, Santa Elena and Ceilán in San Juan del Sur.
On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Kathleen Brugger and 5 students from the Fundación A. Jean Brugger, Concepción Membreño, Belkys Guillen, Ingrid Collado, Sumpul Quiche, and Idalia Martínez, visited the communities of San Antonio, Santa Elena and Ceilán. The students shared information about health and the menstrual cycle, and distributed Days for Girls kits to each girl. The kits contain washable sanitary napkins.
Days for Girls is a network of dedicated and passionate people who volunteer to sew the washable and reusable menstrual pads that make up the kits, which contain a supply of pads for a month. The kits are delivered free to young women in the communities. In addition, Days for Girls provides educational materials to educate girls about the changes that take place in the female body during puberty.
Thanks to Chetana Karla Shakti for driving and sharing your knowledge, to Rigoberto Morales Rugama for helping us to organize this meeting. Many thanks also to Heidi Glantzberg for bringing Days for Girls to Nicaragua.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger thanks Mr. Kelvin Marshall and Mrs. María Auxiliadora Silva for their support, publishing articles about our educational and social projects in their bilingual newspaper. Thanks to Del Sur News, the population of San Juan del Sur has been kept informed of what we do and continue to do for the social development of the community.
Thank you very much to both of you for the unconditional support you have given us, we will always be grateful.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger scholarship students bring their 2017 community service projects to a closure.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger scholarship students are organized into groups based on their area of study, and each group develops a community service project which they implement in different communities of San Juan del Sur. In 2017 students of economic sciences, trade and customs implemented an initiative with the name "promotion of the social value of community participation," which has benefited 25 children of the fifth and sixth grades of the Maria Auxiliadora school.
This group celebrated their final gathering making Christmas-related handicrafts. Another group of students in economic sciences had an initiative by the name of "promoting financial education in children,” which took place in the Camilo Ortega neighborhood and benefited 20 boys and girls. The Tourism students implemented a social initiative with English classes for 20 primary school children from the Azul y Blanco school in the El Remanso community.
The legal sciences and humanities group’s initiative was "Group and Community Counseling,” benefiting 32 sixth-grade students of the Sauda Bikerland school of the community of Las Delicias. In this initiative, they offered counseling on the prevention of drug consumption, trafficking in persons, sexual and commercial exploitation of children and adolescents, bullying, etc.
Each year is a new experience for our scholarship students as they implement a community service project in which they achieve experience working as a team with students in a similar field of study, as well as sharing their learning with the beneficiaries of their community projects. "Our experience with the children was very rewarding, as a group we were more united by this experience, we were able to support each other in classes, even if we did not see each other so often, it helped us grow and adapt to each other particularly when it came to scheduling conflicts. Throughout this year we can say that it helped us to unite as project partners, as Fundación scholars, as colleagues who share the same career and as friends since we rely on each other in different situations. (Cristhel Mendoza coordinator of the group of students of Tourism November 2017). The Fundación congratulates all the scholarship students who have dedicated a little of their time to service to the community and also thanks the teachers and officials of the Ministry of Education of San Juan del Sur for their openness in working closely with Fundación A. Jean Brugger for the service and benefit of our communities.
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Ariel José Serrano graduated with a degree in Clinical Bioanalysis from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua UNAN- Managua.
Ariel Serrano was awarded a scholarship in 2016 by the Fundación A. Jean Brugger.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger gives the most sincere CONGRATULATIONS to this young professional and his parents. We want to express our gratitude to Mr. Ander Floderus who sponsored Ariel's career for 1 year. Thank you for believing and trusting in the project of Fundación A. Jean Brugger: "Provide education opportunities for human and community development"
"I asked God to touch their hearts, everything happened and Fundación found a sponsor for me, it was my last year of university which for me was the most important of all, in which the Fundación and my sponsor supported me in a big way, thanks to you I could fulfill the dream of doing my thesis, and participate in the graduation and be who I am now, a graduate in Clinical Bionalysis. I have no better way to thank them for all the support I have received, than asking God to bless them and give health and life to all the good people who support young people like me with few economic resources through Fundación. "(Ariel Serrano, 2017).
María Fernanda Veliz Sandino is studying Economics with an emphasis on International Commerce at the Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales UCC-Managua, and has a scholarship from Fundación A. Jean Brugger.
On November 12, María Fernanda participated in the Entrepreneurship Fair of her university where she won first place. There were approximately 30 projects in the categories of Business Ideas, Business Plan and Incorporated Companies.
Maria Fernanda said: "My project is named Tree Concept. This is a company that manufactures and distributes cosmetic products made from natural ingredients.
The idea was born in a class called International Trade 2, in which we were asked to make products for export. I made a prototype of a sunblock based on essential oils. UCC held a fair and I was invited to participate by Professor Javier Cardoza. The fair was held on Sunday, November 12, I participated in the category of Business Ideas and won first place."
Congratulations María Fernanda, we are very proud to have students who are innovative and have excellent academic performances.