Scholarship students in Tourism and International Trade continue with their community service projects.
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
Nicaragua has been mired in a serious socio-political crisis since mid-April. Universities throughout Nicaragua have suspended classes for the welfare and safety of students. Our scholarship students have been affected by the suspension of classes for almost five months.
Given this current reality and in order to take advantage of this free time of our scholarship students, Fundación A. Jean Brugger has created special programs to complement their educational development. One of the special programs is an intensive English course, which started on July 23. The English clases are taking place at the bilingual school Escuela Adelante. 25 students, both active scholarship students and professional graduates of Fundación A. Jean Brugger, are enrolled.
The classes take place twice a week, for two hours each day. The students are divided into 2 groups: beginner level (Monday and Wednesday 2:00-4:00 PM) and intermediate level (Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:30 PM). Our students are very excited because they know the value of speaking English in their future professional careers.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger thanks each of the donors who have supported this educational initiative. We would also like to thank Escuela Adelante for collaborating with us by providing a special discounted rate that has made these classes possible.
Scholarship students of the Fundación A. Jean Brugger in Tourism and International Trade have begun their community service project teaching English to children in the Nuevo Amanecer neighborhood. The classes take place on Sundays from 10 am to 11:30 a.m, and 30 children attend. Oral hygiene talks will also be given with the goal that the children will acquire good habits. The talks will cover the most important aspects about dental hygiene such as: the proper habits of dental hygiene, the characteristics of the teeth, brushing technique, materials that we use for dental hygiene, the consequences of a lack of dental hygiene etc. There will also be talks on human trafficking in order to inform children about this problem and contribute to the prevention of this crime
On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, the senior citizens of the San Juan del Sur area enjoyed a special day thanks to the Fundación A. Jean Brugger. In this event the elders danced a lot, sang, and won prizes in contests. Baskets with food and basic supplies were also given to 3 elderly women chosen for their economic need. The staff of El Timon served a delicious lunch.
This event took place thanks to the support of Deborah Cornue and Jane Erickson, who have sponsored this activity for three years. Fundación A. Jean Brugger also thanks the owners of El Timón Restaurant and its staff for their co-patronage.
The staff of El Timon always offers a warm reception and gives special attention to the elderly. The seniors commented that they felt very well received and cared for, and were thankful to the waiters for the presentation of the special dance. We thank the company Soluciones Jurídicas, who has supported us on several occasions sponsoring one of the prizes for the competitions.
We also appreciate the collaboration of the students of the Fundación A. Jean Brugger scholarship program, who contributed food items, household supplies, and personal hygiene items for the preparation of the gift baskets. We want to thank the following students for their participation and support in this activity: Ingrid Obando, Ana Odalys Sanchez, Lilieth Jimenez, Maria Jose Sanchez, Karina Chavez, Denisse Tenorio, Ingrid Pérez, Lismadiela Baez, and Joselin Romero.
Students in systems engineering, telecommunications, and graphic design teach computer courses to children from the Barrio La Planta Project.
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