Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months‘ training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work.
On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, „The Missionaries of Charity“, whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI.
„Mother Teresa’s work has been recognised and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions.“
Today the order comprises Active and Contemplative branches of Sisters and Brothers in many countries. In 1963 both the Contemplative branch of the Sisters and the Active branch of the Brothers was founded. In 1979 the Contemplative branch of the Brothers was added, and in 1984 the Priest branch was established.
The Society of Missionaries has spread all over the world, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. They provide effective help to the poorest of the poor in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and they undertake relief work in the wake of natural catastrophes such as floods, epidemics, and famine, and for refugees. The order also has houses in North America, Europe and Australia, where they take care of the shut-ins, alcoholics, homeless, and AIDS sufferers.
The Missionaries of Charity throughout the world are aided and assisted by Co-Workers who became an official International Association on March 29, 1969. By the 1990s there were over one million Co-Workers in more than 40 countries. Along with the Co-Workers, the lay Missionaries of Charity try to follow Mother Teresa’s spirit and charism in their families.
Mother Teresa’s work has been recognised and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.
The Mother Teresa Foundation
The world is vast but human love is concise. Human beings should live in love and peace. To spread love one should understand the depth of love and motivate to perpetuate the love among all. Selfishness and narrowness are the two most dreadful diseases that erode human love. Service before self can alone combat this syndrome. The deadliest virus for the entire present problems is the feeling of being unloved, unwanted and uncared. Such people need the most is not pity but Love.
The Mother Teresa Foundation embarks on the Noble Mission to spread love among the poor and bring them to mainstream of life to embrace Universal Brotherhood. The Foundation is dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human life. It strives to “promote the well-being of humanity” in all the aspects. Hence our breadth of support includes:
Mother Teresa is the epitome of compassion and love. Her life is a saga of courage and endurance. It is an inspiration for people devoted to the service of God and humanity. In order to follow her pathway of lightening the life of the poor and needy, The Mother Teresa Charitable Trust blossomed in the minds of its founder who has committed himself in serving the humanity. It is in the faith to serve the poor people to the optimum level with higher sustainability and regularity the trust was registered as a legal entity. The trust believes in the principle, “Give everything and look for no return.”
To become an empowered dynamic effective and vibrant organisation by inculcating the core values of Mother Teresa to create a healthy, compassionate and responsive world.
Rooted in love, justice and trust, a respect for the dignity of life and spirit of hope, Mother Teresa Foundation partners with people – especially the unwanted, uncared and unloved to help them to achieve their full potential.
Mother Teresa Foundation is a value driven organisation. It strongly believes that values are the foundations on which an organisation is built and these represent the core beliefs and convictions of an organisation. In fact, they describe what the organisation stands for. Values establish moral and ethical priorities, which serve to guide all organisational activities. The organisational principles, standards and qualities are also reflected through its practicing values. Mother Teresa Foundation has identified the following organisational core values and it places equal importance on all the values.
- Ensuring participation
- Effective networking
- Transparency and accountability
- Promoting and adapting innovative methods
- Dynamism and professionalism
- Secular and democratic environment
- Gender inclusive
Aims & Objectives
- Rehabilitating and developing orphans, semi-orphans, destitute and other disadvantaged and destitute through appropriate programmes / schemes.
- Producing self-reliant, resourceful and responsible individuals as well as communities.
- Enabling the downtrodden through suitable avenues for the socio-economic and cultural development.
- Engaging in forestation to ensure ecological and environmental balance.
- Starting educational institutions of technical and non-technical nature, to cater to the educational needs of the weaker section of the society.
- Establishing health centers to provide medical facilities to the poor and needy.
- Developing small-scale cottage and village industries to generate employment opportunities among rural masses.
- Implementing the modern technologies in agrarian economy to improve the living standards of farmers.
- Employing and investing new skills, ideas, methods and techniques in all the welfare and development activities.