The "Wall of Kindness" Has Reached India, and it's Heart-Warming

Wall of Kindness India |© Jeremy Segrott / Flickr
Wall of Kindness India |© Jeremy Segrott / Flickr
Photo of Poonam Binayak
India Writer30 June 2017

We have all got things we don’t use. Do you know these spared/unwanted/unused things could make a difference to the lives of those who need it. Wondering how? You can do a good deed and be the beacon of light for those who are unable to make ends meet by the “Wall of Kindness” or Neki ki Deewar—a kind gesture that involves feeding the homeless and destitute. Here, we look at how a small act of kindness is restoring the lost humanity and benevolence in the world.

While “Wall” is known to create partitions or divide, for underprivileged people, it is a symbol of segregation from the community at large. But this “Wall of Kindness” has a different meaning—it is uniting people from all walks of life on an unprecedented scale. This “Wall of Kindness” is for lending a helping hand to the poor by handing out essential items.

The concept is something like this: the run-of-the-mill kind of wall is painted with colorful motifs and graffiti, and inlaid with pegs and hangers, with the words “If you don’t need it, leave [it]. If you need it, take [it].” These walls stock a variety of items ranging from clothes and blankets to footwear, books, utensils, toys, eatables, and other things that people do not use. There are words of encouragement written all over the walls that definitely invite the passer-by to leave a piece of kindness in the form of clothes, food, or other stuff, if they can spare them. And the underprivileged people can pick their need from this wall. This social concept serves as a beacon of hope for the needy.

There is no stipulation, no rule, no order; just give-and-take between those in need and those who want to help those in need.

From Iran to India, this trend has come a long way, transcending the geographical and cultural divides, and it has spread like a wildfire across Indian cities. The NGOs, social activists, municipal corporations, youth, and retired people in India took to the streets on this mission of helping people from underprivileged backgrounds. Numerous walls have popped up in several cities across India; it started in Bhopal and soon it made its way to the other cities of India, including Delhi-NC, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Kanpur, and Hyderabad. This concept has gained a huge popularity all over India and brought forth fruitful results. People all around India have poured immense love and compassion via this noble initiative.

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This philanthropic movement was started in Iran in December 2015 by an anonymous Iranian to help the needy and strengthen the bonds of the society, and thereafter, this welfare practice instantly spread throughout the country and even transcended geographical divides to Pakistan (Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Khuzdar, Quetta, and Sialkot), parts of China, India, and other countries. Plus, this trend was a super hit on social media platforms, with “Walls of Kindness” springing up in almost every neighborhood. A simple act of humanity started by an anonymous philanthropist is making waves and crossing borders.

This “Wall of Kindness” is more than just donating. It is a symbol to celebrate humanity and solidarity across India and beyond, so let this pure-hearted venture flourish!

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