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Times of India
(Lko-07-10-2004)
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Turning Agony into Strength


Lucknow: Flocked by little girls, Dr. Sarojini Agarwal, who lost her nine-year-old daughter in an accident 26 year ago says that, God had different plans for her. Even at 68, Sarojini has all the strength and warmth in her motherly lap to nurture the hapless little girls

Manisha died on April 1, 1978. She recalls trying to hold her tears. The agony of that unfortunate incident when a truck hit the scooter which Dr. Sarojini was riding with Manisha, is too conspicuous on her face. Manisha died in the accident 'unbruised'. "there was no blood at all. But she died," she says.

Now she has turned her personal agony into a strength with which she is working for a social cause. With a batch of 21 girls aged between 2 months and 18 years, Agarwal brings them up, educates them, builds an identity for them and gives them a name. Till date, she has rehabilitated 174 orphan girls including six, who have been married. "My agony turned into happiness with this work." She says regretting  " why people do not like nurturing girls?"

The girls at Dr. Sarojini's Manisha mandir in Gomtinagar, who have Bharti as surname, celebrates the birthdays of Manisha on September 24 every year. " I want to become a doctor to help the people who are injured," says Ankita Bharti.

"These are my daughter. Though I haven't given birth to them." Smiles Dr. Sarojini saying that Manisha Mandir is a temple of Wisdom.

The appreciation for the work has been coming from all quarters. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee once remarked: "I am extremely glad after visiting Manisha Mandir. It is remarkable to see how Sarojini Agarwal has turned her personal agony into a mission for a social cause".
   
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