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Wall of Kindness: Brings Warmth in Kashmir

Written by KashmirUnheard

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Nusrat Ali

A voluntary youth group in Srinagar has come up with ‘Wall of Kindness’. It is an initiative to help poor and needy people with warm clothing in the harsh winter of Kashmir. Done in anonymity, people would come and hang clothes they want to donate on several walls in Srinagar and people in need would pass and collect whatever is needed.

The wall of kindness is a charity  work phenomenon and a kind of welfare, usually done by attaching cloth hangers from outside of houses; those encourage people to donate miscellaneous useful things such as winter clothing. It was introduced by an anonymous Iranian, and the practice spread throughout the world. The motto of the movement are two sentences which appear on the walls: Hang if you have and Take if you need.

The ‘wall of kindness’ remains functional from 10 am to 8 pm and a volunteer of the NGO, ‘WhoisHussain’ remains present at the spot to guide people how to hang the clothes and other items. In the evening, they remove the clothes and keep them in a local mosque so that they don’t get wet. There are 30 volunteers, including students. It is a self-financing group.

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