‘If you don’t need it, leave it. If you need it, take it.’
The Walls of Kindness or “Neki ki Deewar” is a charity rack where the fortunate drop or hang their household goods for the destitute and serve as their Secret Santa, because kindness needs no face, kindness needs no name. This initiative is for the people and by the people.
An initiative that has now spread across 51 districts in India with over 172 walls to help the underprivileged. It had first originated in Mashhad, Iran, where this citizen led project was an open invite to the poor, especially in winters to find some warmth at its Walls of Kindness.
With appropriate support from the social media this humanitarian gesture is now rapidly spreading across the world. A happiness department was set up in Madhya Pradesh which got its roots from Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness to measure happiness and well being of the people.
The name “Neki ki Deewar” is not just for people to come and take what they need, it’s spreading the message – to be kind, to be generous and positive towards people. Inject kindness back into the community. Give in kindness and receive in gratitude. These walls further reiterate the fact that humanity is not dead. In fact, these walls have become so popular that often the givers are more than the takers. With winters round the corner, anonymous philanthropists in India are indulging more in this project- painting more of such walls and installing hooks and hangers, and sparing the underprivileged with the shame of having to beg, so that even they can live a dignified life.
A report in The Times of India quotes a rickshaw puller speaking about how this initiative has helped him. He said, “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.”
These walls provide solace to those who can’t make ends meet and often find themselves in needy situations. The only thing one needs for this wall is the support of the residents of the country, which has been overwhelming here, this comes to show that a little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money!