Srinagar: As mercury continues its downward trend, pointing towards a harsh and chilly winter ahead, an initiative — ‘Wall of Kindness’ — taken by a group of young men in the summer capital is filling the hearts of Srinagarites with warmth.
On the banks of river Jhelum, the boundary wall of a gutted hotel in the city has a graffiti which reads: ‘Wall of Kindness’. The idea behind this wall is simple: Hang warms clothes, including jackets, coats and jerseys, on the wall so that needy people can take them from there. The wall also has bags where people can put food items.
“This is for the first time that such an idea has been introduced in the valley, where the winters are very harsh and people could use more such walls. I just came to know about this wall and I think it is a noble idea. Tomorrow I will come and donate some of by warms clothes so that it can benefit others,” a passerby, Abdul Rashid told UNI.
This novel concept is said to have originated in Iran as a citizen-led project and has now found its way to the summer capital, Srinagar though it has been pretty popular in other parts of the country like Rajasthan, Bhopal and Delhi-NCR.
“I think it is a unique idea as that people, who are in need can walk to this wall and take whatever items they require without them having to beg for them,” Aadil Bashir, a student from a private school, who was on his way to home, said.
“People should not use walls around your city to urinate and litter, but make it come to good use and help the poor and needy by having more such walls,” Adil said with a smile on his face.
“We started this wall on Tuesday and have seen encouraging results. Many people came since yesterday and donated clothes. We have also bags where people can donate food items,” a member of the group, who is behind the initiative, said.
He said so far Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has approved permission, on temporary bases, for similar walls in five other locations. “Hopefully people will come and support us in this noble cause,” he added.