MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY

HOMES FOR THE ABANDONED

OUR HUMBLE WORKS OF LOVE

SHISHU BHAVAN – HOMES FOR THE CHILDREN

“Works of love are works of peace.”

Mother Teresa

 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR OUTPATIENTS

 We, the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, give wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor irrespective of social class, creed, religion or nationality, according to the needs of the places in which our houses are located. Our services to the poor include:

HOMES FOR THE ABANDONED

“First of all we want to make them feel that they are wanted, we want them to know that there are people who really love them, who really want them, at least for the few hours that they have to live, to know human and divine love. That they too may know that they are the children of God, and that they are not forgotten and they are loved and cared about…”

Mother Teresa

 

SHISHU BHAVAN-homes for children

SHISHU BHAVAN

 – HOMES FOR CHILDREN

“Let the little ones of the streets cling to her because she reminds them of Him [God], the Friend of the little ones.”

Mother Teresa

 

We take temporarily care of children who are abandoned, physically and mentally challenged, suffering from malnutrition or other diseases. In India alone we have 82 children’s homes. In our Homes for physically and mentally challenged children we accept children with the approval of CWC (Child Welfare Committee).

NIRMAL HRIDAY - HOMES FOR THE SICK AND DYING

“I lived like an animal on the street, I die like an angel, loved and cared for.”

Kalighat patient to Mother Teresa

 In the early 1950, as she was serving the poor in the streets of Calcutta, Mother Teresa came across many dying destitute. She would take them to the local hospitals but was often refused admission because her patients were in conditions “beyond medical help” and the hospital had too few beds to accommodate even the patients with better chances of survival. After years of desperate searching, in 1952 Mother Teresa opened the first “Nirmal Hriday” - a home for homeless sick and dying destitute, in the Kalighat area of Kolkata. Mother Teresa wanted all those dying in the streets, those ‘unwanted’ by the hospitals or by their own families, to be given a chance to recover or to die with dignity, loved and cared for by the Sisters. Today in India, we have 175 Homes caring for the poorest of the poor, that is, abandoned, dying destitutes and physically and mentally challenged adult men and women.

Nirmal Hriday
NURSING THE DESTITUTE

HANSEN’S DISEASE (Leprosy) CENTRES

Hansen’s Disease Centres

I would like to give them (patients suffering from Hensen’s desease) better homes – uplift them … make them know that they too are the loved children of God and so give them something to live for. … I want slowly to build like a little town of their own where our lepers could live normal lives.

 Mother Teresa

In India we have ten large homes for patients suffering from Hansen’s disease. In our effort to provide for them the necessary medical care (including surgeries) and means of rehabilitation (work), we also make them feel loved and wanted, so that they gain confidence, human dignity and assume their role in society. These centers are organized as “small villages” or “colonies” where each patient who has a family is given a small house, a small plot of land to grow their vegetables, and a possibility to work on handlooms. In one of the centers, the patients make the blue-bordered saries that are worn by the Sisters; they are paid for their work so that they can support their own families.

 

We also have Indoor and Mobile Primary Healthcare Facilities for treating patients suffering from Hansen’s disease.

 

EDUCATION

supportive study

“I remember in the beginning when we opened that little school, the first school in the slums, the children used to ask, “When is morning?” “Look out for the Sisters.

Mother Teresa

 

Supportive Study

At the beginning of her mission in the slums of Calcutta, Mother Teresa began by going into the homes and seeing the “children who had never been to school and no school wanted them.” She gathered a group of “little street children” (in the slums of Calcutta) and started teaching them under a tree. Her desire was to teach the children “purely for the love of God” and to “give the poor what the rich get with money.”

 

This humble beginning was the first endeavor of the Missionaries of Charity to improve the education

among the poorest of the poor. Soon after our first slum school began. From that time the Missionaries of Charity had opened numerous free slum schools, where the children were prepared for admission to regular schools

OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR OUTPATIENTS

“I have come to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.”

 Mother Teresa

Through our Indoor or Mobile Primary Healthcare Facilities we offer primary medical care and medication to patients who are not able to afford medical care in hospitals or clinics. We also have Indoor and Mobile Primary Healthcare Facilities for treating patients suffering from Hansen’s disease as well as for the patients suffering from Tuberculosis, HIV and malnutrition.

 

Medical Assistance

Social assistance

“I have come to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.”

 Mother Teresa

While visiting poor families, we offer material and spiritual assistance in their many needs; we help the sick in their own families or find a more suitable place for them, if their families are too poor to care for them.

Social Assistance

Relief

“The poverty of the poor must be often so hard for them.”

 Mother Teresa

Relief Center

In times of calamities or natural and civil disasters such as famines, earthquakes, floods, fires and civil unrest, the Sisters reach out with food, drinking water, clothes, blankets, utensils, tarpaulin, and other household items as needed by those affected. The Sisters are also engaged in offering help to the poorest families with dry or cooked food rations, medical treatment, education (assistance to students with school fees), housing (house rent and/or repair materials), travel assistance to migrants and unemployed, funeral charges, marriage expenses, self-employment, rehab support, etc.

 

COVID-19

COVID-19 Relief

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we are engaged in assistance to the affected poor families, especially in rural areas, with dry rations, daily cooked food distribution, medical help for abandoned and sick persons, distribution of soap, sanitizers, bags, support with house rent, house repairs, school fees, clothes, travel support, hospital charges, etc.

 

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