- Lawrence, a man whose life was going awry and homeless, has beaten the odds stacked against him
- With a new job working on railway tracks, he now has a stable income to fund his aircraft engineering dream
- Lawrence said he failed out of school because he could not keep up as he was demotivated without any father figure
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Lawrence, a man whose life was upside down, and without home, has triumphed over all odds to training to become an aircraft engineer.
Ladbible reports that he was always sleeping in the airport during the time he was homeless. The overcomer said that he had always dreamt about working in the aviation sector.
All that dream went downhill when he could not keep up at school and there was no father figure to give him enough motivation.
"Growing up, I had a lack of role models in my life - my dad was largely absent. School for me was a tricky time.
“Again, not having a dad around me to support me and a lack of stable upbringing affected me. I spent a lot of my education feeling frustrated and unfocused,” she said.
He said that not having the means to get to where he wanted, he lost focus and had to settle for doing odd jobs to keep himself going.
Lawrence said his major challenge was not about getting a job, but getting something that is stable enough that could give a consistent income.
"For me, the problem wasn't with getting work, it was more an issue with finding something stable. I ended up becoming a cleaner at an airport, but the job was more focused on survival and getting by, rather than doing something I really enjoyed.
"The whole experience ended up being really stressful. My income wasn't consistent, and I didn't have a fixed address at the time as I was sofa surfing. Sometimes I was even sleeping at the airport where I worked - just so I could get to work on time,” he said.
Lawrence said that now he has got a job on railway tracks, he can now rent a his own place, saying all it takes was someone to believe in you.
Knowing that he would need to upskill himself, he stumbled on an organisation that help with employment training through crowdfunding for homeless people.
"I was able to crowdfund £4,449 from 228 members of the public so that I could train as a railway engineer.
"This is a great stepping stone and will give me the experience I need to eventually become an aircraft engineer - which is still the dream," he said
In a video report cited by YEN.com.gh on Instagram, Larry has been homeless for 20 years. Larry Green is from Dallas, Texas in the USA where he spent most of his years.
The gesture appears to be a simple act of kindness but Larry was moved greatly as he felt very appreciative of it.
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