Mother Teresa

World's Most Famous Humanitarian

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."

-Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa is known as one of the most famous humanitarians in the world. This caring and compassionate woman devoted her life to helping others. Her devotion to encouraging and helping others has influenced countless people around the world. After learning about this woman’s life and accomplishments one can use Mother Teresa as an example to help and serve others just as she did throughout her life.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhu, later known as Mother Teresa, was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. When Agnes was 8 years old her father died leaving her and her siblings to the care of her mother. At the age of 18, Agnes devoted her life to God and she joined the Sisters of Loreto where she became a nun. Here she taught for 17 years until she was 36 years old. At this time Agnes announced that she felt God calling her to devote her life to helping others. Because of Agnes’s good deeds and desire to serve others she would soon earn the title as Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa suffered many hardships in her life because of her gender and her small size but she did not let this stop her and she never gave up. It has been said that Mother Teresa once traveled through a war zone to rescue 37 children at the front lines of battle. Despite this courageous woman’s struggles she was able to found the Order of the Missionaries charity. Mother Teresa’s work with her charity earned her several awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Raegan. These awards were appreciated by Mother Teresa but she always remained focused on her goals and encouraged others to join her in her efforts.

Mother Teresa is notable to the world because she was a loving, brave, and determined woman who had a desire from God to change the world by helping others. When discussing her charity she was quoted as saying “my mission and my charities mission is to take care of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the blind, the crippled, the leppers, all those who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for by society and people who have become a burden or are shunned by everyone”. Throughout her lifetime Mother Teresa made great accomplishments towards this mission. At the time of her death her charity had more than four thousand volunteers and 610 foundations in 123 countries around the world. One can learn from Mother Teresa’s example and strive to set and achieve a noble goal such as hers.

Journal Entry

October 7, 1950

I know there are so many people in the world that need help so I have decided it is time for me to take action. For the last few weeks I have been teaching children who live in the slums of Calcutta. At first I taught the children by using sticks and rocks to write in the dirt. But eventually, my sister nuns and I rented a small hut to use as a classroom. This work is very hard work, but I feel strong with the Lord by my side. The people have even started noticing us and they have been donating money to help. Yesterday, I heard back from Pope Pius XII and he decided to give us his blessing to start a new charity. So today, I established the Order of the Missionaries Charity. I really think that I am on the right path and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next!

-Mother Teresa

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