Scholarship for medical studies – Sonstanius Margwe
Since 2019 we support Sostanius Margwe by paying study-fees for the remaining three years of medical school at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza/Tanzania; medical school in total takes five years.
Sostanius is the firstborn of a poor family with eight children. He is has a little son and lives in partnership. From 2009-2012 he did his diploma; after that he worked as a clinical officer in hospitals in the north of Tanzania for three years. In his spare time he regularly volunteered with the “Flying medical service”, an organization that brings medical help with a small Cessna to very remote areas of the country. Sostanius was getting involved with that organization since it is his burning desire to bring medical help to the ones most in need.
Sostanius quickly caught the attention of everyone due to his exceptional intelligence, his outstanding quickness to grasp and his photographic memory. He is a careful listener to the needs of his patients and treats them with great respect, competence and diligence. Though he is from the Iraq ethnic group, he has proved to be very respectful and adaptable to the local customs and cultures of the Maasai people, with whom the “Flying medical service” primarily works.
Sostanius soon discovered that many patients do get no or a wrong treatment for easily treatable diseases: over and over he met patients with poorly healing bone fractures, which lead to the amputation of a limb of or a permanent physical disability. Over time he felt in his heart the desire to become an orthopedic surgeon in order to help those people.
In 2017, Sostanius started medical school at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza/Tanzania. While working fulltime, he earned money for paying the study-fees of the first year of medical school by buying chicks, raising them, and selling them as grown-up chicken. In the second year of his studies, the “Flying medical service” helped out by using donations to cover his study fees, since they recognized the potential of this young gentleman. Finally the “Flying medical service” drew our attention to Sostanius and asked for financial help.
As a team we decided to support Sustanius with a stipend for the remaining three years of medical school, which in total takes five years. He became our scholarship holder in autumn 2019 and will finish medical school in autumn 2022. This scholarship only covers the study fees of medical school, which will be around 6.390 Euro (for all three years together) and which we directly transfer to the bank account of the university; costs for board and lodging have to be covered by Sostanius.
Like all our scholarship holders, Sostanius covenanted to share his knowledge free of charge with others at least once per year until the end of medical school. We are curious to see how he will take that into practice.
We are very happy to be able to support such a committed, dynamic and intelligent young man through this stipend! He convinced us with his personality and qualifications when we personally met with him in Arusha. Without any doubt he will be a great blessing to his patients in remote areas and we are looking forward to see, what he will set up in the future.