The International Wall of Kindness has landed in the Lebanese capital, grazing the walls of Hamra Street with generosity and empathy. The wall, located on Abdel Aziz Street near AUBMC, is providing Lebanese citizens with the opportunity to donate clothes, toys, and even food.
Inspired by an Iranian project of the like, the main goal for the Abdel Aziz wall is to promote generosity within students and hospital staff in the area. News of the wall broke out on social media, which was a key propagator in spreading awareness of the topic amongst Lebanese citizens. Yet, many remain puzzled still about what lead to the sudden emergence of the wall.
With poverty and inequality constantly on the rise in Lebanon, a group of devoted individuals have decided to offer the less fortunate a glimmer of hope amidst the turmoil. It all began with a small trial in the Sodeco district of Beirut, which witnessed a great deal of success. This group of individuals decided to proceed with the initiative, and so the Abdel Aziz wall was born. Ever since, countless people have been engaging in the initiative to offer and trade goods for the cause.
“Kindness doesn’t have a face, a title or a name,” said a member of the movement. “The goal of this wall is to have anyone give away things he or she doesn’t really need anymore so that people who might benefit from them will have a chance to have them. People can learn to help each other with this initiative.”
The amount of positivity circulating among the participants impressed the organizers. People were actively engaging in the activity and giving significant amounts of goods to others who will benefit from them.
Sahera Fakher, an AUB student who donated to the Sodeco wall, shared her experience: “When I first heard about the wall on television, I loved the idea. In Lebanon, we rarely see acts of kindness that are accessible to everyone on the streets, some people don’t know where to get help. Having a wall in the middle of the street with clothes hanging is very accessible and I noticed that many people actually go there and take things they might need. The wall is always full and I find the anonymous idea beautiful because you know that people aren’t helping to get something in return. Those in need should know that there are individuals who genuinely want to help them.”
The project is intended to go on for a long period of time, with the exact duration of it not yet specified. It has received great feedback from participants, and has even inspired a similar project in Tripoli.