In a city full of energetic and noisy honk sounds made by thousands of cars on busy roads of KL, lives Mr.Abu, an old man who is also a cobbler. He loves to donate shoes to the kids who cannot afford to buy them. Mr.Abu spends all his time making shoes and donate it to the poor. This makes him feel happy and blessed and at the end of the day, knowing that he cannot give them anything fancy but just a pair of shoes.
Mr.Abu never stayed in one place, he keeps shifting from one place to the another in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Usually, he would go to places such as outside of convenience stores or banks, the places where he knows the homeless people would usually be at. Mr.Abu claims that he has done this for 6 years but on no occasion, he eventually gets tired of making shoes and decided to offer them to the needy.
When we asked about his stories, there was one story that really touched our heart. A very heart-wrenching story, I would say. One day he noticed a little boy who was sitting in one corner and crying. He immediately rushed towards him and asked him why he was crying. The boy looked at his face with the tears in his eyes and replied to Mr Abu that he had starved himself for a few days and did not eat anything. Mr.Abu felt sorry for him and he quickly went inside the 7-Eleven convenient store and got him a bunch of food and snacks for him to fill his tummy. The boy was so happy and couldn’t thank him enough.
A few weeks later, Mr.Abu saw the boy in very good shape, and surprisingly, the boy bought him a wooden stool for him to sit on while making shoes, new shoes for him to give to other kids, and also a hat to protect him from the heat of Kuala Lumpur. The kid told him that the food Mr.Abu donated to him, provide him some energy to work extra hours and gain more money and he was so thankful on the day he met Mr.Abu.
The story teaches us to have some courage and be kind to those who are in need. The more you give, the more you will get back. The story gave a huge impact on our team and we decided to tell his story to the world, with permission from him of course. The stories within the concrete jungle are something worth to be listened to. Mr.Abu and other people inside of Kuala Lumpur each have their own story and golden values that they hold onto, which we can also take and make it ours.