Born in the Ottoman Empire at the start of the twentieth century and with nationalities of Albanian, Indian, (Ottoman) and Yugoslavian, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, known for most of her life as Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, and most commonly known as Mother Teresa, (August 26th, 1910 - September 5th, 1997) committed herself to religious life by the age of twelve. She had always been fascinated by missionaries, particularly those in India, and left home at the age of eighteen to learn English and become a missionary in Ireland. She later moved on to India, where she learned Bengali and took religious vows to become a Catholic nun.
Remembered as a woman of great faith and unmatched charitable donation, Mother Teresa's charitable work truly began in 1948, when (at the age of thirty-seven) she adopted Indian citizenship and worked with the very poorest individuals in the country. In the years following, she opened several hospices leper houses and orphanages, and established her very own congregation. Said congregation attracted many recruits and donors, and went on to found many branches of her charitable organisations, that took her amazing work across the globe.
Originally a Hungarian civil society initiative to commemorate the death of Mother Teresa, September 5th's International Day of Charity took off worldwide in 2012 when the UN declared it an international holiday. In fact, Mother Teresa left such a legacy, that the Hungarian Parliament and Government established International Day of Charity in her honour in 2011. They chose September 5, the anniversary of her death, to commemorate her life with their civil service initiative. The idea behind the UN's installation of the national holiday was intended to start increasing recognition for charitable works of all organizations, and to highlight charity's power in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering.
Founded in 1299 and dissolved in 1922, The Ottoman Empire was a state that controlled much of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries. It was founded at the end of the 13th century, in northwestern Anatolia, in the town of Söğüt, by the Turkoman tribal leader Osman I.
Famous quotes attributed to Mother Teresa:
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Spread love everywhere you go; let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.