Published: 04th December 2019
These Bengaluru students' 'Wall of Kindness' encourages donation of old clothes
Six students from Vidyashilp Academy are building a Wall of Kindness where you can drop old clothes
"With fashion being the second largest polluter in the world, recycling or reusing clothes is the only solution to this problem," says Saumya Agarwal, a class VIII student from Vidyashilp Academy in Bengaluru. Saumya along with her friends have decided to build a 'Wall of Kindness' in two different locations in the city for this purpose. She explains, "Most of us dispose of the old clothes into the usual waste which ends up in landfills polluting the environment. Instead of this, people can leave their old clothes at the Wall of Kindness. Poor people who cannot afford to buy them can pick these clothes from these walls without any feeling of being embarrassed or scared."
In order to build this 'Wall of Kindness', six students, Adwita Potnis, Naysa Kokku, Kunal Kashyap, Arnav Nair, Sanat Mahajan have raised funds of Rs1,56,901 through an online platform called ketto.org. She says, "This is basically a community-based project introduced by the United Nations. Not just building the wall, there are a set of rules, we will be following. These rules and guidelines are given by our teacher, Asha Kannan. These walls will have different cupboards for men, women and children. Apart from this, there will be excess clothes which we usually get during festivals. Such clothes will be given to NGOs which would be used to stitch bags, carpets and wallets."
While one wall will be located near Godrej Apartment in Hebbal, the other will be put up at a BBMP school in RT Nagar. Saumya says, "We are also taking help from the Rotary Club which has come up with the open-shelf initiative. They will collaborate with us to build one of these walls. And the project is likely to complete by the end of December."