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Campaign Story

The Struggle

Till today, Mr Raman often ponders about how different his life would have been if he had not made the decision to join the wrong company when he was younger. The 44-year-old had a bright career laid out ahead of him, and was working as a qualified chef and earned a salary of $2,500, decent enough to support his family. Unfortunately, Mr Raman fell back into bad company and eventually gave in to temptations after a good 9 year period from 2009 to 2018. The temporary relief that he was hoping to seek did not happen and instead, his life changed when he broke off contact with his family members including his elder brother who was allegedly a constant negative influence to him. Even with the lack of family support, Mr Raman is determined to work hard for a second chance in his life.

 

Help Needed – Give Hope

Mr Raman was married with a 4 year old daughter. Following his recent divorce, his daughter is living overseas under his ex-wife’s care and custody. Mr Raman told us that he misses his daughter, and she is the key to his determination to change. “She (his daughter) is still young and I want to be someone my daughter looks up to and respects. My wrongdoings got me to nowhere.”

Since his release, Mr Raman has been trying to re-adapt to almost every aspect of his life for a wrong decision made. Mr Raman is currently emplaced in the halfway house and will subsequently be attending courses to upgrade himself during his time in the halfway house.

Since his incarceration, Mr Raman admits that he is constantly overwhelmed with guilt about the wrong decisions he made in his life. Having lost his loved ones, he knew that drugs are never the way to go because one always ends up living in regret. While it is never easy acknowledging your mistake and wanting to make a change for the better, we applaud his courage for taking the first step. What may seem like an achievable goal of being gainfully employed is what Mr Raman is now working hard towards. He is thankful for the strong support from the halfway house and is prepared to give it all his best.

 

Financial Breakdown

Ray of Hope would like to support Mr Raman with his living expenses ($200 x 3 months) which would help when he starts attending courses and job interviews arranged by the halfway house. Your donations would give hope to Mr Raman while he works towards improving himself to prepare for employment.

 

*Mr Raman is not receiving any public assistance as he is currently emplaced in the halfway house.