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A hawker with a dream
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A hawker with a dream

“Three years ago, I started a hawker stall with my friend. We worked 15 hours a day and even opened another stall within the year. But we were over-worked and we soon burned out. I turned to drinking as a form of stress relief and eventually became an alcoholic. I raked up a huge debt...

Seizing The Opportunity
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Seizing The Opportunity

“I’ve always enjoyed cooking but as a single mother of 3, it was a challenge to afford such courses. So when I found out about the training subsidies available to me at HCSA Academy, I knew I had to seize this opportunity to finally pursue my interest.  With the subsidies, I could undergo the Academy’s...

I Look Forward To A Bright Future
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I Look Forward To A Bright Future

“I felt extremely alone when my husband passed away as I had no one to rely on for emotional support. The only other relative I had in Singapore was my mother-in-law who, following the death of her son, went back to her home country immediately. My mental health deteriorated during this period of grief. I...

Families are Meant to be Together
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Families are Meant to be Together

“I spent 5 years in prison for a drug offence. Being in prison strained my relationship with my family – it was as though I was handcuffed and unable to scratch the back of my neck when it was itchy – I couldn’t do anything. My wife and I got divorced and I could only...

I Now Have a Voice
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I Now Have a Voice

“Growing up, I suffered from depression and anxiety due to the bullying I faced since Secondary 1. As the bullying got worse, my sense of self-worth dropped as well and I began self-harming. Cutting became a daily routine for me as a form “punishment” for whatever I did during the day. I would always find...

An eye-opening experience
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An eye-opening experience

“I’m a husband and a father of two young children. My dream has always been to set up my own catering company – one that offers the best service to my customers. Now that I have Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts from HCSA Academy, I really hope to move on and complete my Diploma if...

Inspired to improve my children’s lives
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Inspired to improve my children’s lives

“Life hasn’t always been easy for me especially juggling between being a single mother of four children and a full-time job as a cleaner. I used to reside in family shelters and was struggling to make ends meet. I had difficulty securing an apartment in Singapore as I was a permanent resident. However, my life...

It’s not easy, but I will try my best
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It’s not easy, but I will try my best

“My focus has always been on raising my kids – a set of triplets and two older kids. But with no support from their father, it was very difficult! Having two young kids with special needs, I had to quit my job as a food stall helper to stay home and take care of the...

I found healing through making soaps
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I found healing through making soaps

“As a single mom with anxiety and depression, starting my own soap business seemed like an impossible dream as I couldn’t afford the resources while supporting my young son. The people around me were not hopeful of my soap-making venture either. But my social worker, Jeanne, saw my interest and arranged for me to attend...

Drug-free till the day I die
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Drug-free till the day I die

“Two years ago, I was released from my last sentence. The months following my release was the true test for me as I had to resist the temptation of drugs. Whenever I saw friends from my past, I would quickly evade them. But this was when I knew I was changing, because the past-me would...

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