Gerson was sponsored through junior high, then went on to study nursing. He graduated as a 'private' auxiliary nurse. A few 'private' nurses are accepted by the health authorities for upgrading. Gerson was upgraded to a national auxiliary nurse in August, 2015.
"My father just worked in the fields, and I would help him. I would never have had the chance to study were it not for my sponsors.
They helped me a great deal. Without the scholarship I would never have studied. It was a great help."