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Plattsburgh Sister nominated for NYS Woman of Distinction

Blow said recognition a milestone for everyone involved with North Country Mission of Hope

Sister Debbie Blow sits with a local child during one of her many visits to Nicaragua.

Sister Debbie Blow sits with a local child during one of her many visits to Nicaragua. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— A Plattsburgh Sister is being honored for reaching across the hemisphere to bring hope to people in Nicaragua and give people in the North Country an opportunity to change lives.

Sister Debbie Blow, a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, will be recognized in Albany early next month as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

Blow has been nominated by Sen. Betty Little for the recognition because of her leadership in organizing a sustained humanitarian mission to Nicaragua that, since 1998, has provided healthcare to more than 60,000 people, educated hundreds of students, constructed more than 500 homes, as well as classrooms, a library and community development center, and fed thousands of malnourished children through the Children Feeding Children Program.

“Plans for the North Country Mission of Hope’s 50th mission trip are under way, so this is certainly a fitting time to recognize Sister Debbie for her extraordinary work,” Little said in a press release. “Tens of thousands of lives have been transformed for the better due to her vision and dedication and the more than 1,300 volunteers who have made numerous trips to Nicaragua. This mission not only has provided Nicaraguans living in poverty critically important tangibles like housing, healthcare and food, but a sense of hope, a remarkable gift.”

Blow, a Dominican Sister of Hope, was a 1971 graduate of Northern Adirondack Central School, and later studied religious and scriptural/theological studies at Providence College, she also attended Trinity College, St. Michael’s College, and Notre Dame College.

Blow co-founded the mission in response to Hurricane Mitch, which killed more than 22,000 people in Central America in 1998.

Blow said her journey to Nicaragua began 13 years before her organization’s conception when she was introduced to the Flores family after they escaped from social unrest and hostility in Nicaragua.

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