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Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa 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. Slums were little hovels. They were avoided by all; except people who lived there. ...read more.

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After all, it wasn't their fault they were sick. Mother Teresa was given the name "mother" due to her mild and loving nature. She regarded everyone equally and as a mother would. She nursed the sick without any prejudice or preconception. She nursed sick children as if they were her own; her gentle and caring nature showed she was a born mother. The beatitudes say "happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them". Mother Teresa took everyone in with loving arms despite their disabilities, either mentally or physically. She was loyal to the sick; she never deserted them. She kept her faith in them; this gave them hope for a better future for both themselves and others. In the beatitudes it says "Happy are those who hunger and thirst for what is right." Mother Teresa struggled through torrid and heartbreaking times to try to improve the untouchables' lives. She gave hope to the people of the slums and made poverty a serious international issue. She caught the eye of other countries and sought funds to go to poorer countries. ...read more.

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All she wanted was help to be given to these "untouchables". We have started, as a whole world, to continue her work: improving their life styles of other, less fortunate countries. Rather than giving just money and food: we are giving money, food and a tool box. The ways listed are ways of helping the poorer countries to make money on their 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 dream reality. 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. ...read more.

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