- Thursday marks the 31st anniversary of the day Mother Teresa arrived in South Africa
- The famous Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun planned to establish a missionary home in Mzansi
- The home would go on to act as a safe haven for people who suffered from HIV/Aids
On this day in history, Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, popularly known as Mother Teresa, landed in South Africa for the very first time.
Mother Teresa came to the country to open a missionary home in Khayelitsha for people who were living with HIV/Aids.
The famous nun's mission formed part of an initiative she founded, which was dubbed The Mission of the Order in Khayelitsha.
Briefly.co.za decided to honour the contribution Mother Teresa made to SA by taking a look at a couple of quick facts about her.
1. Early life
She was born Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu on 26 August, 1910, in Albania. According to SA History Online, Mother Teresa knew she wanted to help people from a very young age.
At the age of 18, she left her home to join the Loreto sisters, an Irish community of nuns who were based in India.
Mother Teresa taught at St Mary's High School for several years before leaving to do missionary work in Calcutta.
3. Missionaries of Charity
Mother Teresa established her own order, Missionaries of Charity, in 1950 after she was given the go-ahead by the Holy See.
The charity focused on establishing missionary homes - including the one she opened in SA - that would care for orphans, as well as people living with various illnesses, including HIV/Aids, leprosy and tuberculosis.
4. Noble Peace Price
In 1979, at the age of 69, Mother Teresa was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for her humanitarian work.
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