Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil, for 35 years. Living amongst dirt and garbage in a spot Raimundo referred to as ‘The Island’, he was known locally for his poetry, which he worked tirelessly on every day in the hope of one day publishing a book.
In April 2011, Shalla Monteiro came across The Island, Raimundo and his poetry. Impressed by his words and wanting to help him achieve his dreams, Shalla set up a Facebook page to publish his poems and introduce him to the world. What emerged from that single act of kindness was far beyond a dream, it was a whole new life altogether.
“Damned is the man who abandons himself. These six words show that the worse the situation is, never ever should a man consider it lost.”