“Wall of kindness” -- a simple concept that originated in Iran last year -- is flourishing fast in Rajasthan. Now, Jhalawar district joined a dozen others to house a wall of kindness.
The first wall of kindness was set up in Iran to encourage people to donate winter clothing for destitute or homeless people. The wall is a place where people, who have excess, can leave things and needy people can take them.
Used clothes can be seen hung up from the wall near Panchayat Samiti building in Jhalawar’s Bhawanimandi. Used foot wears are kept in a metal box. The wall is locally known as ‘Bhalai ki Diwar’ (wall of benevolence).
An appeal for donation is also inscribed on the wall. ‘Jinke paas adhik kapde ho rakh jaaye, jinko zaroorat ho kapdo ki woh le jaaye’ (those who have spare clothes can drop them here, while those who need clothes can take them from here).
Bhawanimandi municipality’s executive officer Shambhu Lal Meena said the concept has witnessed overwhelming response. The civic body is overseeing the project.
Over 1,000 clothes have been donated so far and 600 needy people have taken clothes and foot wears from the wall, he said. “Most of the beneficiaries are poor people of nomadic tribes including Kalbeliya, Gadia Luhar and others.”
Deepak Kumar, a daily wage labourer in Bhawanimandi, said he has taken warm clothes for his family from the wall as he cannot buy them. Ashish Pareta said after receiving information about the wall, he decided to donate “dead stock” of his shop for the poor people.
The trend of establishing such walls was initiated by the urban improvement trust (UIT) of Bhilwara district five months ago. UIT’s Kota secretary Pradeep Singh Sangawat said Bhilwara is now home to 20 such walls.
He said a dozen districts, including Udaipur, Rajsamand and Dungarpur, now have such walls.