Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on
August 27, 1910. Her family was of Albanian origin. At the age of
twelve, she felt the call of God strongly. 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 24th, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931
to 1948 she worked in Calcutta as a teacher at St. Mary’s High School.
Outside the convent school’s walls, she caught a glimpse of the
suffering of the poor. This made a profound impression on her; she
sought permission from her superiors to leave the school and tend to
the poor. From then on, she spent her life living with the poor in the
Slums were little hovels. They were avoided by all; except people who
lived there. People went out of their way to elude the reach of the
People there were branded “Untouchables” for fear of catching fatal
diseases; people feared that these illnesses could be contagious and
passed on. They would then be outcasts from the rest of society.
People did not associate with the sick even if the sick were friends
Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and
started an open-air school for slum children. Voluntary helpers soon
came to help the poor with her; financial support was also
forthcoming. This made it possible for her to increase the scale of
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... own and become more self-sufficient.
As Britain is chairman of the G8, we, as a country, have the ability
to change poverty. We can start a movement to slowly make poverty
levels much lower.
Charities, such as Oxfam, CAFOD, Comic Relief, Trade Unions, Christian
aid, Fair Trade, various churches and a host of celebrities are united
in the movement “Make Poverty History”. People buy arm-bands and try
to support the movement in various ways. They urge the people to give
money to help support the poor. They also can give people the
opportunity to speak to various people with influence of making this
We have also tried to give a fairer price when importing food from
poorer countries. An organization called “Fair Trade” is doing it’s
best to give a better profit for those who farm in the 3rd world.
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