Wall of Kindness: The Concept
An unknown person in Mashad, Iran created a simple yet thoughtful way of propagating charity for those who cannot afford and especially for the homeless. He merely put up some hangers on a wall and left the message “If you don’t need it, leave it. If you need it, take it.” This triggered a very heartening reaction from the people, who immediately donated articles of clothing, food etc. Due to coverage on social media, it rapidly spread to other cities of Iran.
Wall of Kindness in Pakistan
This idea soon reached Pakistan, and has inspired many individuals to replicate it here. These include teachers, students and social organizations. In just over a month numerous Walls of Kindness have been setup in cities such as Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Gujranwala, Quetta, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Kohat and Mirpur Khass, while the walls in each city and number of cities are increasing consistently. They are made vibrant and welcoming with heartfelt slogans, which encourages people to come forward and take what they like. Regular and generous contributions of clothes, shoes, blankets and a variety of food items are being made. Even famous TV personality Ahsan Khan has been actively participating and is urging everyone to spread the word.
The Outcome of the Wall of Kindness in Pakistan
So far it has been a very successful and inspiring endeavor because it is generating a feeling of goodwill among the underprivileged masses and is promoting positivity, productivity and sense of responsibility within our society that is really needed today. Furthermore people are coming up with different ideas of how this concept can be used to provide facilitation on a larger scale, so it seems that the Wall of Kindness will go a long way!