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We like to cel­e­brate amaz­ing in­di­vid­u­als on these pages, and Dr Saro­jini Agar­wal is no ex­cep­tion.

Forty years ago she lost her eight-year-old daugh­ter Man­isha, to a hit-and-run driver in their home town of Lucknow, In­dia. Af­ter years of griev­ing, her thoughts turned to the many or­phaned or un­wanted young girls in need of love

– so Saro­jini de­cided to hon­our Man­isha’s mem­ory by help­ing them. She turned her home into a refuge and to date the now 80-year-old has taken in some 800 girls. Ed­u­ca­tion has also been a pri­or­ity; the cur­rent Man­isha Mandir cen­tre has a li­brary, com­puter lab and craft work­shops as well

as spa­ces to prac­tise sport.

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