NEVER GIVE UP.

Kumi Bismark
Posted September 10, 2021 from Ghana

My name is Kumi Bismark from Ghana. I lost both parents through road accident at the age of 12 years staying with unemployed sister. I suffered a lot but didn't give up. What broke my heart was when some NGO came to my school looking for orphans to support and refuse to support me because I was looking very neat and gentle in my uniform. 

As orphan by then I use to travel over 400 kilometers to the national capital Accra to carry building blocks and mortar at some  construction site before I could survive and pay my school fees  . I did this and some little support from my church members till I completed Senior high and nursing college. Now I'm a happy diploma nurse working with Ghana health service planning to move further.

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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rebecca.tang
Sep 12
Sep 12

Thank you for your inspiring story. Really appreciate you are so strong to overcome so many challenges! It is really not easy. And, you success. Please also try to help other who needs your assistance.
Be Happy and strong! May Almighty God bless you!

Kumi Bismark
Sep 12
Sep 12

Thank you very much for your message. I'm really empowering less privileged young women in high-risk communities in northern Ghana through my foundation smockmall foundation. Training women on carrier development. I need financial support to include orphans education educational support.

KennedySpaulding
Sep 24
Sep 24

Kumi, how fortunate to have any help at all. What a dangerous place to have accomplished so much. You are a strong and persistent soul and you are fulfilling your best purpose. How truly admirable to stay determined and focused in the face of adversity and limited resources. If those who ruled over us were made to live in our shoes and live the daily mountains and roadblocks that we do, I believe this world would be run more justly. There would be no disconnect of the wealthy rulers leaders and powers that govern...this should be a pre-requisite for any leadership role that has the power to allocate funds assistance and laws over citizens...how can anyone who has never felt the pain of trying to sleep when they have not eaten for days or one who has never had to make the choice of paying a bill owed or feeding their children...or how to spend the last meager bits of money on medicine because they are sick or material to make sandals to walk to work because it takes 2 hrs to walk one way and the land has many things that cut your feet. There should be an understanding of what it feels like to experience the many hardships and obstacles of being a woman and of poverty level before sitting in the seat that decides our fate.

ARREY- ECHI
Nov 14
Nov 14

Hello Bismark,
You are welcome to the pulse.
My belated condolences for the passing of your parents at such a young age and hats off to you inspite of. What a story of resilience and courage in the face of such daunting challenges.
Congratulations on your diploma and all that you have achieved. May your heart's desires come true.
Looking forward to read more stories from you.