Scholarship students in Legal Sciences and Social Work give talks about trafficking in persons in the community El Ostional.
On Sunday, August 26, the medical science students of Fundación A. Jean Brugger gave a seminar on reproductive health, sexuality, contraceptives and sexually transmitted diseases in the El Bastón community north of San Juan del Sur.
15 teenagers and mothers between 17 and 52 years old participated in this activity. The FAJB students used the material and information they learned in the trainings with Dr. Álvaro Cortes Gómez, and each one presented a particular topic, using visual materials they had prepared.
Kimberly Lopez spoke about the changes that occur in the body during puberty, Josseline Romero described the types of contraceptives available and explained what a Pap test entails and why it is important. The participants asked many questions and there was a very lively conversation about sexuality.
Kimberly and Josseline demonstrated the procedure for using the Days for Girls kits, which are washable sanitary napkins.
All the participants received kits, and many of the women also received kits for their daughters. At the end of the training, mothers and young people were asked to share this information with their friends and to be counselors to their daughters; to use the knowledge they had acquired to help avoid teen-age pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and other diseases due to poor personal hygiene.
Josselin Romero, who is studying dentistry, took the opportunity to show participants the appropriate method for brushing teeth. 10 children received toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Thank you to Heidi Glantzberg for bringing the Days for Girls program to San Juan del Sur, and to Nancy McCollum and the Downtown Houston group of Days for Girls for sewing the beautiful kits.
For Fundación A. Jean Brugger it is very important to strengthen communication and the sense of co-responsibility with the parents of scholarship students, via regular conversations about the responsibilities and obligations of both parties. The Fundación staff convened a parents’ meeting on August 17, with the main purpose of discussing with the parents the impact the closing of the universities, due to the socio-political crisis in Nicaragua, has had on their children’s scholarships. Alvaro Novoa, the director of Social Programs, told parents that although university classes are suspended for the majority of students, and funds are not being disbursed, the scholarships remain active for when classes resume, either this year or the next. Mr. Novoa also told the parents that the Fundación continues to engage the students with the community service projects. In addition, a special program has been created and implemented to give the students another way to use this time productively.
This includes a 4-month intensive English course in which 28 students are participating in two levels, beginner and intermediate. The students include 22 of our current scholarship recipients, 3 former scholarship holders, and 3 young people of the community whose universities are closed. Other special programs are being developed, including seminars on entrepreneurship and job-seeking skills. Mr. Novoa asked the parents to support and encourage their children to participate in these educational programs of personal and professional growth, to take advantage of the time available because of the suspension of clases.
The Fundación is making these additional investments for the benefit of the scholarship students thanks to the collaboration and / or donation of many friends and sponsors of Fundación A. Jean Brugger
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