Edited By: Raghda Ashraf
Being one day away from the international women’s day. We will speak about one of the powerful women in history, who is Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia in 1910 and raised by an Albanian family. She lived most of her life in India where she started her charitable activities. The beginning was in 1949 when she settled a goal which is to aid the sickest and poorest people. Mother Teresa voyaged for the first time into Calcutta’s slums where she began an open-air school and established a home for the dying destitute.
The 7th of October, 1950 marked an extremely important date for this woman. It was the day she founded a congregation called the Missionaries of Charity, which later became active in more than 120 countries with over than 4,500 members.
According to her, this foundation would care for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone”.
As the rate of donations increased, the charitable activities were expanded during the 1950s and 1960s. She established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and a string of mobile health clinics. Later, she traveled to Beirut and rescued Muslim and Christian children and inaugurated in New York Gift of Love, a home to care for those infected with HIV.
Because of her tireless and selfless charity actions, Mother Teresa received various honors from many organizations and countries. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her humanitarian work in 1979, and on the 4th of September 2016, she was canonized by the church as a saint 19 years after her death.