Posted by Gord Lewis on Aug 11, 2020
Alondra, our Project Amigo Student, wearing her mask and practising social distancing at the center  in Cofradia.
Her latest letter ( Google Translated) and other stories are available  under the "Read More" button.

 
Dear sponsors Nisku & Leduc Rotary Club
 
 
I greet you with great pleasure, hoping that you are very well and thanking you with all my heart for the scholarship you are giving me to continue my studies.
 
 
This month has been very quiet for me, without much stress. I have had the opportunity to chat with friends, I have done some exercise, I have seen some movies and I have taken some classes online, from some professional doctors who are famous on social networks. I help my family with the housework and some other things. Work has been a great distraction for me, although I would like to take all the sanitary measures and stay at home, I prefer to support my family, always using protection. What leaves me a little more calm is that the cafe has become more strict with the customers and everyone has to enter with mouth covers, it is only allowed to take it off at the table when eating food.
 
 
A week ago Cindy turned fifteen, and we made her a small meal to celebrate her, she was very happy. My sister Brenda Paola and I bought her some little gifts and we didn't have a very good time. It was very nice to live together and share a special moment.
 
 
I am very happy because this year I participated in the selection process for new scholarship holders at Proyecto Amigo. I really like participating because it reminds me of when I was on that side, as an applicant. It also makes me feel very proud to be part of this great family. It was a different process than in the other years, since we had to adapt to the current situation and most of the interviews were conducted online, by video call, in case there was not a good connection on the part of the applicant. He chose to conduct the home interviews, taking care of and respecting sanitary measures. I am very happy with the result of the process, because even though it was something new for us, everything went better than expected.
 
 
Well I say goodbye to you sending my best wishes, accompanied by a big hug and a cordial greeting; thanking you once again for the great support you have given me. I wish you a great new year. THANK YOU!
 
 
 
Sincerely, ALONDRA MARLEN DE JESÚS ASCENCIO
 
 
 
 I had the pleasure of finally meeting in person our amazing student that we sponsor in Project Amigo here in Colima, Mexico.
Alondra is in her third year of Medicine at The University of Colima and is maintaining and exceeding the required 8.5 grade point average to stay in the program.
Like all other schools, the university is shutdown for the current emergency situation but Alondra is keeping up with her studies and program at home until classes resume.  I presented her with one of our banners and a Canadian Flag Pin and was presented a thank you card from Project Amigo
 
 
 
 
March 2020
Dear Godfathers Nisku & Leduc Rotary Club


I greet you with great pleasure, hoping that you are very well and thanking you with all my heart for the scholarship that you give me to continue my studies.

This month has been very difficult, for everyone, with the spread of the coronavirus and the lack of knowledge that it had, it has been a global problem that has affected all the countries of the world. I remember that last semester, when I was in the respiratory module, we saw the different viruses that were involved in the development of pneumonia, in the book of Internal Medicine in which I like to read, only a small paragraph of this came, and He mentioned it as a virus with little epidemiological significance, who was going to say that months later, it was changing the whole world. With the investigations that have been carried out, a little more is known about this, we hope that all the measures that have been taken, help the virus to not spread any further.

 Due to this situation that has been living, since Monday, Tuesday 17, classes have been suspended at all educational levels, and in several job companies, they have been forced to close, for the safety of the workers. The Governor of Colima has constantly been issuing communications, where he informs us of the basic protection measures, as well as some measures that we must take, such as, for example, not leaving our homes unless the reason is to buy groceries, medicines or that it is necessary to go to the hospital, otherwise the authorities are obliged to return to their homes any person whose motives are not within them.

 Like all the unnecessary businesses, they have been forced to close, my sister Brenda and I do not have a job, we feel a little bad about it, but we understand that health comes first of all. Unfortunately, my dad's work was also affected, since there were no people on the streets, there was almost no work for him. The good news is that my sister and I always try to save money for emergencies and we've been using it so my dad doesn't worry.

 Now I see a lot of my family, and that makes me very happy. Spending time with them is the best, although like all siblings we sometimes have discussions, but all of these are always fun. I have also been taking advantage of the time to study and not waste time, because I know that when I go back to school there will be a lot to study and I do not want that to harm me, so I have also been advancing topics.

 
Well I say goodbye to you, sending you my best wishes, accompanied by a big hug and a cordial greeting; Thanking you once again for the great support you have given me. I wish you an excellent new year. THANKS A LOT!

 
Sincerely: ALONDRA MARLEN DE JESÚS ASCENCIO
 
 
 
February 2020
Dear Godparents Nisku & Leduc Rotary Club

 I greet you with pleasure, hoping you are very well and thanking you with all my heart for the scholarship you give me to continue my studies.

This beginning of the semester has been very exciting, I started going to hospital for three weeks and I feel that I have learned very important data that will serve me in the future as a doctor. Every two weeks I will be changing service, I am in a team together with two other colleagues, at the beginning I started with otolaryngology; The doctor was very kind to me and my colleagues, during the time we were with her she was always patient, she taught us to explore ear and nose in each patient who came to her office. He shared a lot of information that is valuable to me, also in the first surgery I attended was this service.

 This week I changed my service and hospital, just for two weeks, for now I am in the "State Cancer Center", in the gastroenterology service. The doctor with whom I am is also very kind and patient, only that I have spent little time with her, because she went for a few days to some courses, and they changed me from service to surgery. Today I had to be in a mastectomy. I really enjoyed seeing how everything I read in the books is applied in the operating room, for me it is very difficult to imagine when I am reading, but when I see it it is shocking.
 

It has been a great change to attend hospital, since I now have busy hours, mostly, by hospital, which is 7 a.m. - 1 pm. and classes in the afternoon. But little by little I have adapted and I do not find it difficult or tired.

Now it is more difficult to see my family, because when I arrive all my brothers are asleep and when I leave too, so living with them is very difficult. These days Andy and William had a throat infection, but they are already being treated with antibiotics and their symptoms have been decreasing.

 Well I say goodbye to you by sending you my best wishes, accompanied by a big hug and a warm greeting; Thanking you once again for the great support you have given me. THANKS A LOT!

CAREFULLY: ALONDRA MARLEN DE JESÚS ASCENCIO
 
 
 
 
 
January, 2020
Dear Godparents Nisku & Leduc Rotary Club

I greet you with pleasure, hoping you are very well and thanking you with all my heart for the scholarship you give me to continue my studies.

This month has been very good for me, I went out with my friends from the cafe a couple of times and I really enjoyed his company at work, now that the classes are about to start, it makes me a little sad to know that I will not go back to see them with the same frequency and it may take a long time to see them again. This week they gave me my new schedule and I am very nervous because we will start going to the hospital, this semester I played at the IMSS General Hospital of Zone No. 1, which is located in Villa de Álvarez, apparently we will be rotating for several services every week , I feel very excited, but at the same time with a lot of fear, because I don't know what awaits me. My schedule is a bit heavy for the subjects and the hours they are in, I just hope to get together soon and it doesn't make it very difficult for me.

 Because of my loaded schedule this semester I have decided not to work during classes, because I think it would be very difficult for me, I talked with my bosses and they told me that it was fine, that on vacation I am welcome to work, which gives me a lot of relief . My sister Brenda will stay working in the cafe, she tells me that she liked the work team and what she does. I feel very happy for her.

 My family everything went very well, we had time to live together and fortunately everyone is in good health. For my part, I am only a little desperate because I do not see progress in my hip pain and it still hurts me a little while walking, I have gone to the clinic that corresponds to me by the medical insurance that covers the university, but I have to take a X-ray, and the appointment for that may be in a month, I hope you can identify the problem, so you can give me the right treatment.

 
Well I say goodbye to you by sending you my best wishes, accompanied by a big hug and a warm greeting; Thanking you once again for the great support you have given me. I wish you an excellent new year. THANKS A LOT!

 
 CAREFULLY: ALONDRA MARLEN DE JESÚS ASCENCIO