Edwin and Dora
On the path to becoming Doctors
August 21, 2009 - Honduras
The night was a night just like any other. Warmth hung in the air, a slight breeze making everything just about perfect. The clouds were coming in with the rain, but the wet season hadn't begun yet.
Only, it was a night unlike any other night. It was a night where Tuberculosis was taking control. It was consuming her, and the doctors trying to help didn't know how to help. It was the night that Dora's mother died. The night that she decided that she didn't want to sit on the sidelines watching the world and lives pass her by without any help. It was the day that she decided she would be somebody, she would be something in this world, the day that she decided to become a doctor. Dora was 5 years old.
Dora and Edwin in the Streets of Cuba
Edwin sat down to have a conversation, not with a volunteer, or a visiting doctor, but with his close friend Marta. They talked, just like they always did, but now Marta's studies became a part of the conversation. She's becoming something more; she's studying to become a nurse, to help people in their most dire moments of need. With Marta's help and influence Edwin decided that he too will to do something—become a doctor.
It’s Saturday, a few weeks before the start of courses. Dora and Edwin's Padrinos have paid for their flight to get to Cuba, but there's one key still missing. They don’t have the funds to pay for classes. On Thursday they had gone to the Cuban embassy to find out about scholarships given to people in Honduras; both were finalists but neither had won. First Edwin's phone rings "Hello?"
"Edwin, none of the winners of the scholarship are interested in taking it, would you be?"
Then Dora's phone, "Dora, we're looking for a young intelligent and driven person to take this scholarship, would you like to receive it?"
Fast forward to 2009
It’s been 2 years since they began their medical ambitions; both Dora and Edwin continue to study. Now on Saturdays instead of waiting around for the phone to ring, they go to the market and buy food for the week. They live with families, paid for by the scholarship that they receive—but spend most of their time at school studying, working, and learning. Also, there's this whole other culture, not just of Cuba to learn about, but of all the students from all over the Americas who go to study. It’s kind of like life here at the Rancho Santa Fe, but then again, it’s nothing like the life here.
In the night-time everything is calm, safe…secure. Dora walks home after a late night working, its 3 AM. She could never do this in Tegucigalpa if she were studying medicine in Honduras.
She's got a flight soon, the semester is almost over and it will be time to go back to Honduras for a break soon, to see her family, return to NPH.
Back in Honduras Edwin finds himself working with Merlin, the first pequeño to become a doctor from NPH here. He takes the vitals of people getting a consultation with Merlin at the External Clinic. After work in the morning Edwin seeks out the members of the Leadership Group. Talking and planning, helping to get their projects for the children here sorted out and under way.
Dora spends her mornings working with the kids in our Montessori school. In the afternoons she hangs out with the older girls in their Año Familiar (year of service). They both live with the Año Familiar kids because, as Dora says, "I like to be close to them, to feel like a part of the Rancho. I know that I could live in one of the houses for this time, but I am and want to be a part of the life here at NPH."
These two young adults, after having lived through hardships, finding a new life here at the Rancho Santa Fe filled with opportunities and family, are in the middle of their next step, a step that will be sure to leave a big imprint on everyone near. This step, made up of so much work, is something that both Dora and Edwin wish to make. The only thing standing in their way now is their studies. In a few more years they will graduate and join the ranks of Merlin, Suyapa, and Arony as young professionals working for the good of their home and country.