A name that is now associated with ‘kindness’ and ‘humanity’, Mother Teresa’s service to humankind echoes more than 20 years even after her passing. Anointed ‘sainthood’ by Pope Francis in 2016, Mother Teresa’s charitable works included doing works shunned by then society such as people with AIDS, leprosy, AIDS and tuberculosis.
Mother Teresa began missionary work with the poor in 1948, wearing a simple, white cotton sari with a blue border in place of her traditional Loreto habit.
In 1950 she established The Missionaries of Charity, an order devoted to caring for the sick, homeless and helpless.
''We are not nurses, we are not doctors, we are not teachers, we are not social workers. We are religious, we are religious, we are religious’’ Mother Teresa said of her hospices.
In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her outstanding work to the poor, sick and needy.