About 20 years before India gained
its freedom, Christian missionaries from Yugoslavia came to India to render
humanitarian services. They were extremely affected by the conditions of
poverty rampant in India and so invited people from their country to serve
here. Amongst these was a special girl called Agnes Goxa Bojaxiu, who is
today known as Mother Teresa.
Arrival In India
Agnes was born on August 27, 1910
and was just 19 years when she came to Calcutta on January 6, 1929. And
she never left this country. Her aim in life was to serve the sick and
the poor and she dedicated her full life towards this purpose. She would
roam the dangerous dark and dirty streets of Calcutta at night, covering
the cold and offering food and shelter to the poor. When she first
arrived in Calcutta, she had just Rs. 5.00, and was helped by a priest.
She lived in a small room for 9 years, where she nursed the ill back to
health. Compassion, dignity and sympathy marked her every action.
Mission Of Charity
Through her efforts she managed to open several institutions to help the downtrodden e.g. 'Missionaries of Charity', ' Nirmal Hriday', and 'Shishu Bhavan' whish houses the mentally and physically challenged children. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and the Bharat Ratna in 1980. Besides these she also received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Peace (1972), Ramon Magsaysay Award (1962) and the Templeton Foundation Award (1973). As the Mother- General of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa has a thousand Missionary institutions working under her.
Despite all the public acclaim, national and international honours, mother Teresa remained humble, kind and generous till the end. The Florence Nightingale of India passed away in September
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