The phrase building a wall often means encountering an obstacle. This is not the case in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district, where two walls have been erected as part of a Good Samaritan initiative to help the poor.
The walls erected on Adarsh Road, the cleanest road in the city, have been called ‘Siksha ka Diwar’ (Wall of education) and ‘Neki ka Diwar’ (Wall of virtue).
The initiative has been started by Dilip Sharma, a former councilor for the region, with the help of other like-minded people. Sharma said that they first established the ‘Neki Ki Deewar’ where people donated clothes, which would be collected by the poor and the needy. Two food ‘ATMs’ were also installed so that restaurants and even other people could leave extra food for the underprivileged.
In the ‘Siksha ka Diwar’, Sharma says in the ‘Siksha ka Diwar’, people can donate their old and university books.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” says Sharma. “Now we have started ‘Shiksha Ki Deewar’ to provide books to those in need. People can sign in and pick up the books they need. A student who needs certain books can write the names of the books he needs and put them in the box. No matter how expensive they are, we will make sure you get it. Of course, we will also determine if the person really deserves them and is not misusing our platform. We will also ensure that the books are returned so that other needy students can use them, ”Sharma adds.
The former councilor says they will also not accept cash from donors who would have to buy or donate the required books.
Sharma says he hopes these “walls of education” will be erected in other parts of the country as well.
An iron cage encloses the two walls, and security guards have been posted to deter antisocial elements.
“It is a really good step, it will help poor people who cannot afford the study material,” says Rajesh, who lives in the Khatgaon village of Dewas and had brought a book from here for his brother and children to prepare. for a test. “Other students should donate their books here, it’s a good initiative.”
Santosh Patel, a local who had come to drop off old clothes, said that he used to sell his old clothes in exchange for utensils. “In this cold climate, I find this to be better as some poor and needy person can wear these clothes. I feel like people across the country can be inspired by this initiative and erect similar walls. ”