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Meet Natan Webster – SOL Medical Scholarship recipient!

My name is Natan Webster and I am from the Roatan – a small island of the north coast of Honduras.  I’m currently studying medicine at the National Autonomous University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa.  My journey is an improbable one.  See, I was raised by a single mother in a third-world country were higher education is something that tends to be reserved for the higher classes.  But, my mom taught me that through hard work and dedication I could be anything I wanted!

I decided very early on that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people and to making a difference in my community.  As a kid, I always figured there were four routes to do this: I could become a lawyer, a teacher, a preacher, or a doctor.  While going to high school at night, I worked at the local hospital in order to pay my way through school. It was while doing this and seeing the need for compassionate, service-oriented people inside the medical profession, that I became interested with the work that the doctors did and decided this was what I wanted to do with my life.

I quickly realized that this was not something I could afford.  I had worked my way through high school but medicine is a full-time program far away in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.  I would have been glad to take on some debt to cover the cost, but in this country college loans are basically non-existent. Understand this – I was not looking for a free ride, I just wanted an opportunity.

I decided to look around for some help and was able to miraculously secure a scholarship to cover a part of the cost!  I am now about to start my third semester at the university and need to raise money in order to continue in the program.  I have set a fundraising goal of 1200 U.S dollars to cover the cost of a semester at the university.  I know this is a lot of money and I might not be able to raise it, but I do want to exhaust every avenue.

I was asked a lot of times when I was starting the program more than a year ago: “Do you think its worth it? Do you think its worth it to leave your job? Do you think it is worth it to move to one of the most dangerous cities in the country? Do you think it is worth it to largely write of your twenties for this? Do you think its worth it?”

I spent a lot of time thinking about that and trying to come up with a perfect answer.  I never did come up with a perfect answer, but I would say this: “I can’t Imagine doing anything else.”  I want to make my life about helping people and alleviating human suffering.  I believe that this is the way that God would have me serve my fellow men; I believe that this is the way I can make a real difference in my life and the lives of those around me.

So I am asking you to invest in me, I am asking you to help me get through another semester at the University. I am asking you to help me to help others, because I believe it is worth it.

I hope you will consider helping me.

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