A Yorkshire physiotherapist passionate about education has met the girl she sponsors in her home country of Indiathanks to global children’s charity Plan UK.
Manasi Marathe, from Barnsley, has flown to Delhi with her father Shrikant to meet 14-year-old Anjali.
The 28-year-old Doncaster Hospital physio said: “I chose a girl from India to sponsor as I am aware t girls’ education in India needs help and also because I think I owe it back to my birthplace.
“We are a close family and come from a humble background. I was lucky to have been well educated, but not every girl is that fortunate.
“When I planned my yearly trip to India this year, I decided I would want to meet Anjali too. It was a brilliant experience. She was a smart and beautiful young girl and such a joy to meet.”
With a donation of £15-a-month Manasi helps Anjali and her community, providing clean water, healthcare and education.
Manasi said: “I have had regular correspondence with Anjali which keeps the personal touch alive and keeps me reassured that I am able to make a difference.
“I would encourage more people to go forward and be a sponsor.”