My name is Abimeal Antonio Gomis, and I would like to share my story with you.
Please read untill the end.
I am not you typical 25 year old male. I am gay, and as you can imagine it has been extremely difficult for me coming from a very religious family.
My parents passed away in 2007, I hardly knew my dad but I was very fond of my mom. I was only 14 years old... I was put in "the system" I hated everg second of it... Left feeling like an orphan yet I have family they just don't care enough.
I then decided i will do anything to get out of there, so I did... I met someone... Basically had him adopt me, Life was good for a few years or atleast so I thought as I did not know any better... Anything was better than being in an orphanage.
I finished school got my matric. I wanted to start my own life... But it wasn't as easy as it may seem... I broke up with the guy whom adopted me, I had no where to go. I literally had to get aboyfriend just to have a roof over my head... I was not able to find a job that pays enough to afford my own place, food or even the necessities. It is really difficult and rough out there and I am sure that there are a few that can relate.
Hopping from place to place i had to change jobs frequently as my relationships did not last.
The last was last year I was forced to beg one of my family members to sleep on their floor for a few months just till I can get back on my feet.
There I was treated so badly I was on the brink of commiting suicide because at that point I saw no future for myself nothing I tried worked, I wasn't able to find a job and I went for countless interviews.
One of my high school friends came to my rescue.
I am now living with her and her family. Thank God he kept me safe and sent ber on my path or I wouldn't be here today.
Reason why I am asking for help and in need of funding is because after all of this terrible start in life I am still alive which means there is a reason for it! Maybe i am going to help someone someday I dont knw the reason but I am here and thinking I should make the best of it. I got out of my heavy depression and due to previously mentioned circumstances i ended up with so much debt and with no source of income. I am in need of funding as I applied at UNISA for B.A Forensic science and technology, and yesterday I got confirmation that I am provisionally accepted. I just know I will be accepted! And thats how I can give back to the community someday. I need funding as I do not qualify for a NSFAS student loan due to previously mentioned circumstances as I got a loan from them previously but circumstances never allowedme to even attend classes.
Today I am 25 years old and taking this brave step to ask for help from all over South Africa, help me reach my goals and dreams I beg of you!
Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.