Walls of kindness are springing up all across North Indian cities — thanks to some good Samaritans who wish to help people from underprivileged backgrounds. These citizens are coming together to set up walls in public spaces where anyone can leave clothes and other necessary supplies, and those in need can take whatever they want.
The walls are aptly called ‘Neki Ki Deewar’, and are adorned with beautiful murals. Citizens who have clothes that they no longer need or use, can simply deposit them at the wall. People are also leaving behind books, toys, footwear, etc.
They just ask for one thing – take what you need, leave what you don’t.
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The idea of the wall of kindness actually sprang up about a year ago during Christmas in Iran. There are many such walls in India — one in Bilwara, Rajasthan; three in Jaipur; and multiples others in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Dehradun, Uttarakhand; and Korba, Chhattisgarh.
A report in The Times of India quotes a rickshaw driver speaking about how this initiative has helped him. He says, “I am a rickshaw-puller and do not make enough earning to afford quality clothes for my children and wife. A friend told me about this place and I am glad to have found clothes that would fit them.”
There is no real regulation that comes along with these walls and no organisation in particular is keeping accounts or an inventory on what’s been taken or left. This is a give and take between those in need and those who want to help them directly.
These walls have become so popular that many a time, the demand is actually lesser than the supply. They also serve an unexpected yet admirable purpose — that there are less instances of people spitting and urinating on the walls now.
Here’s hoping the entire country is soon enveloped in such kindness.