Destitute and diseased people still gather outside Mother Teresa’s clinics in the sprawling Indian city of Kolkata where she dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor.
Mother Teresa died 10 years ago tomorrow, and many of those who rely on her Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) order, the Missionaries of Charity, never met the tiny, frail woman who became a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a global icon of selflessness and devotion.
But they love her just the same and her name, and her legacy still provides inspiration, comfort and care, said volunteers as well as those who rely on her group for food, shelter, medicine, comfort and more.
Gopal Das, 50, was living on the streets with a malignant stomach tumour and a festering leg wound when Missionaries of Charity sisters found him. “We would have been dead if the sister had not brought us here,” said Das.