For Mohammed Zaidi, life has been difficult since his childhood. His parents died in an accident when he was only seven years old, so Zaidi was taken into the care of an orphanage in Kedah. At that point, he was separated from his elder brother and relatives, and Zaidi grew up in an environment lacking in care and love. He moved out from the orphanage after he turned 18 and came to Kuala Lumpur (KL) looking for a new lease of life.
Since setting foot in KL, Zaidi has found it very hard to adjust to life here. He once had his salary cheated from him, leaving him stranded, and his continued lack of employment has left him both homeless and increasingly frustrated. Even after he became homeless, Zaidi’s run of bad luck continued when his belongings were stolen when he was sleeping.
Kechara Soup Kitchen came to know Zaidi when he approached our volunteers for food during one of our midnight rounds near the Chow Kit area. From talking to him over the weeks, our volunteers formed a close relationship with him. Although Zaidi grew to become more open with our volunteers, the usually happy-go-lucky young man has always avoided questions about his childhood years and family background.
Zaidi, who is now 23, has experience working in restaurants. It was based on this experience that he was recommended to Hotel Armada to fill a vacancy in their banquet department. Hotel Armada previously helped our former client Shaipol to get off the streets by employing him in their maintenance department. In Zaidi’s case, Mr Leslie (Human Resource Manager) has been instrumental in settling Zaidi into working in Hotel Armada. The kind-hearted man has even made an exception for Zaidi to stay in the staff hostel despite his not being confirmed as a permanent staff yet. Mr Leslie even went to the extent of buying some clothes and toiletries for Zaidi.
Due to the support Zaidi has been given, he is now working in the hotel’s banquet section, pending confirmation as a permanent member of staff. He is required to work six days a week and will be paid RM750, inclusive of his accommodation and meals. Zaidi’s salary will reach up to RM1,000 once he is confirmed as a permanent staff…not bad for a young man who, only a week ago, still counted himself amongst the homeless!