Nimatu Asilgya: A Level 300 Nursing Student’s Journey of Compassion

34-year-old level 300 General Nursing student of Wisconsin International University College, Ghana, Nimatu Asilgya’s story of struggles to heroism is a tale of triumph over adversity that continues to inspire her colleagues and countless individuals around the world.

Born and raised in the Upper East in Northern Ghana, Nimatu’s life took a tragic turn when she lost her beloved father at the tender age of 22. Growing up in Northern Ghana, she witnessed firsthand the struggles and hardships faced by vulnerable and needy people in her community. Despite facing her own challenges, Nimatu dedicated herself to spreading kindness and hoped empowering them would have a ripple effect of positive change. She embarked on a mission to wherever she could. As she grew older, Nimatu’s passion for philanthropy only intensified.

Amidst the poverty and adversity, Nimatu possessed a heart full of compassion and a burning desire to make a difference. From a young age, Nimatu believed that the world deserved better in terms of peace, health, and development. She couldn’t turn a blind eye to the suffering around her and felt a deep calling to help those in need.

In 2019, Nimatu launched the She4G Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and opportunities for underprivileged girls. One of the foundation’s flagship projects was distributing over 1000 sanitary pads to girls in Asesewa Senior High School. She understood the importance of menstrual hygiene and how it directly impacted girls’ education and well-being. By providing these essential supplies, Nimatu ensured that girls could attend school with dignity and confidence. Till date, through her foundation, she has impacted over 13,000 girls and youths across Ghana alone.

Nimatu’s selfless acts of kindness have not gone unnoticed. In 2022, she was honored with the Humanitarian Award Global for Outstanding Philanthropist; recognizing her extraordinary efforts in making a positive impact on the lives of others. Additionally, she received the prestigious Founder of the Year Award (FOYA) in Kenya for her outstanding social entrepreneurship and dedication to creating change. She has also just received a nomination for her selfless dedication to serving others as one of the 100 most inspiring Change Makers in Ghana in 2023.

Despite these accolades and recognition even on a global scale, Nimatu remains humble and focused on her mission. She continues to use every resource at her disposal to put smiles on the faces of underprivileged girls, knowing that even the smallest act of kindness could make a world of difference.

Nimatu tells us her actions are deeply rooted in her own difficult childhood experiences. She had known what it was like to struggle and suffer, and she refused to stand idly by while others faced similar hardships. Through her unwavering compassion and determination, she inspired countless others to join her in spreading love, hope, and kindness to those who needed it most.

For most of her mates and faculty members at Wisconsin International University College School of Nursing and Midwifery, the story of Nimatu Asilgya, the compassionate young Ghanaian girl from the north who has dedicated her life to serving others is and will continue to be a beacon of light and inspiration for them. Her legacy lives on in the countless lives she touched and the hearts she forever changed.

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