Like many 17-year-olds, Manglo has a great vision for her future.
She longs to study and to see more of the world, to grow up and forge a fulfilled life.
But Manglo was blinded at the age of eight and brought up in grinding poverty by a family who neglected her.
That she has any hope of a future is testimony to her God-given indomitable spirit and the work of the staff at Serving In Mission’s Delhi Urban Poor Development project.
“When we met Manglo, we couldn’t help but marvel,” said one worker. “She simply refused to give in to the relentless tide of negativity and hopelessness surrounding her. It was a battle she fought day after day, month after month and year after year.”
Manglo was blinded when she fell from a second-storey terrace but when the DUPD pastor and his staff made contact with her nine years later, her spirit and optimism were still intact.
With no trace of bitterness, she told them: “People gave me a lot of advice but no one was willing to go with me. I hope I can study and see the world again.”
The DUPD network pastor and staff longed to show the love of Christ to Manglo by helping her.
After weeks of phone calls and visits, they found a South Delhi training and rehabilitation centre especially for visually impaired women. She’s been there a few months but took time off over the summer to visit her family.
Manglo said: “It was not easy to settle in but after a few days I made some friends. I have also learnt basket-making, sewing, cooking and kneading dough. I can’t wait to get back!”
Could your church partner a slum church?
Serving In Mission’s Delhi Urban Poor Development project has launched an ambitious programme to find sponsors for 10 slum churches over three years.
It costs just £200 a month to sponsor a slum church. If your church would like to be involved please contact Tim Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org).