Mother Teresa was famous for providing humanitarian assistance to destitute residents living on the streets of Calcutta. Mother Teresa provided many kinds of humanitarian aid to poor residents in need, including medical treatment, education and basic supplies such as clothing. Mother Teresa had little training and lacked formal equipment, but made use of the resources she had to improve the lives of others less fortunate than herself.
Mother Teresa was born in Yugoslavia on August 27, 1910. Her first name, given at birth, was Gonxha. Mother Teresa was one of five children born to parents Nikola and Dronda Bojaxhiu, but only she and two other siblings survived. Despite ultimately living and working with underprivileged citizens in Calcutta, Teresa was born into a family with a considerable amount of wealth. Her family was quite wealthy, due to her father’s successful construction business, and they owned several homes in Yugoslavia.
Mother Teresa eventually left her homeland and moved to Ireland to become a nun. She was ultimately sent to Calcutta to complete her training, and there became involved with providing humanitarian assistance to others. She began by teaching children to read and write, using sticks and dirt as a writing medium. She then made regular visits to poor families and ill citizens to learn of their needs and see how she could help.