“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” – Alex Wek
Who knew that in our modern lifestyle and busy schedules, where people do not have enough time for self-care, a small-collective initiative of kindness could mend the lives of so many? Who knew that being a reason for somebody’s smile is the most precious gift of life? Nobody knew, until, they did something for someone selflessly.
“TAKE IF YOU NEED, HANG IF YOU HAVE”.
Written on the walls of kindness, this slogan is warming the lives of people in the beautiful valleys of Jammu and Kashmir and around the globe. How?
History of Wall of Kindness
Wall of Kindness began as an initiative of charity to help the homeless in Iran. An anonymous person introduced this beautiful thought of hanging clothes and other useful items outside homes so that people who need it could take it. Slowly and gradually the practice spread across the world and in India, covering major states like Allahabad, Bhilwara, Jhalawar, Mysore, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Dehradun, Korba, Kolkata and finally to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Wall of Kindness is also called Deewar-e-Meherbani reflecting the basic purpose of the wall. It instils the values of kindness among people to follow the path of humanity. A volunteer from the initiative elaborated the emotion behind the wall and said “It’s beyond religion. We do not represent a particular sect of a community. We represent people”.
In Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir is the coolest state of India but also the warmest. Not particularly because of its weather in winters and summers but due to the warmth and love of the local people. The Wall of Kindness initiative came as an extremely inspiring way to help the needs of homeless people in the cold winters of Kashmir. The first wall was made by a group of men in Srinagar, who are associated with a global volunteer organisation, ‘Who is Hussain’. The wall was made behind the boundary wall of Pamposh Hotel at the bund in the Abi Guzar area of Srinagar on 4th December. The wall received a massive number of visitors who donated their coats, mufflers, caps, sweaters, etc. for the people who later took them. A very humble member, Abrar, of the organization, mentioned his happiness of serving the needy and said “Many needy people came today and took clothes from the wall. We want to extend this gesture to other localities as well”, after seeing the response they got on 4th of December in Srinagar.
On December 10th the Wall of Kindness reached Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where people with all their hearts put up clothes, daily food items and vegetables for anonymously helping the needy. The volunteers painted two walls in the region, one at the bus stand and another one in the vegetable market to give maximum exposure to the wall.
Indeed, it is through our actions and aspirations that we can create true beauty, mostly in the form of smiles that stretch on the faces of people. The volunteers of Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir are making their wishes to make as many people warm as they can this winter season. Let us all, whoever we are and wherever we are, take this beautiful gesture to heights and donate as much as we can and tell everybody we meet, take if you need, hang if you have.