Madhu Singhal

A Beacon of Light

Madhu's life is a story of overcoming personal limitations to lead a life of contribution and empowerment.

Just close your eyes for a minute and imagine your world - your world is filled with complete darkness. Would it not be a struggle to do even basic activities? This is the life of 15 million people in India who are visually impaired.

When Madhu Singhal was two months old, her mother knew that something was wrong. Visits to doctors around the country led to a common verdict - there was no treatment for Madhu's condition of visual impairment. However, this only fuelled her mother's resolve to secure her daughter a normal childhood and education. Growing up as part of a big joint family, Madhu was never short of company. Brilliant at academics, she went on to complete her B.A and M.A creditably.

Madhu's life is a story of overcoming personal limitations to lead a life of contribution and empowerment. Encouraged by her brother-in-law to be a contributive force in the life of the blind, Madhu decided to dedicate her life to serve the blind. With that, the idea of Mitra Jyothi was conceived. Founded in 1990, Mitra Jyothi stands as a beacon of light and hope for the blind. It is aimed at providing a life of dignity to the visually impaired by supporting their educational needs, finding suitable jobs and imparting independent living skills like cooking, stitching, basic computer usage etc.

Mitra Jyothi has touched the lives of 9000 blind people and their families so far. The organization is fuelled by the vision, determination and perseverance of Madhu Singhal and like-minded individuals. Accolades and recognition have been an integral part of this wonderful journey. Recently, Madhu has been conferred an honorary Doctorate recognizing her contribution towards the disabled.

Madhu's message to women across the world - "You need to take the first step. The rest will follow!" Indeed, she is a woman of substance!


Back to top

Read More