Mother Teresa has said,
“THERE IS MORE HUNGER IN
THIS WORLD FOR LOVE THAN
We, the students of Classes 10th ‘A’ and 10th ‘B’ realized this during our recent visit to ‘Asha Daan’, home to 400 destitutes, run by the sisters of ‘Missionaries of Charity’ under the holy guidance of Mother Teresa.
It was just the mere news of this visit to the differently abled and homeless that brightened the melancholy of the 10th standard students. Eagerness coupled with a desire to help them filled our minds as we prepared ourselves for this small trip. Humanity was at its best, as each St. Marian, motivated with the desire to help the underprivileged donated either in cash or kind.
The golden day dawned as our euphoric minds full of zeal craved to reach there at the earliest. We reached our destination by 9 a.m. accompanied by our teachers, Sr. Smitha, Mrs. Leena Johny, Mrs. Philomena Fernandes and Mrs. Rohini. Reaching the gates of Asha Daan, our eyes were greeted by a statue of Mother Teresa, standing humbly in bright divine light. A sister led our way into the serene abode of the disabled and the destitute.
As we stepped into the girls’ ward, the inmates were delighted to have young visitors. They tried to communicate with us and holding our hands tight, they tried to express the happiness they felt. We were then led into the women’s ward. The dull monotony of their life was broken by the various performances that some of us presented. The ward was filled with an air of exhilaration and zest when they began singing – the evergreen songs of the yesteryears and praises to the Almighty.The men’s ward welcomed us with a similar attitude. Our hearts were filled with compassion at the sight of little children who at the dawn of their lives carried with them a huge load of disability and impairment. The creativity displayed by the differently abled amazed us.
Mother Teresa was a wonderful woman and a great influence on the world today. She was born in 1910 in Macedonia with the name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born into a family of deeply religious Catholics. Agnes felt she got the calling to work for God at the young age of fourteen. She joined the Loreto order and went to Bengal, India, to start her studies. In 1937, Agnes took her final vows to ...
It was not perhaps the same ecstasy with which the girls bade farewell to ‘Asha Daan’. With unwilling hearts deeply engrossed in thought, was how the St. Marians left Byculla at 11:30 a.m. It was a moment of introspection and peace. Peace, for we had experienced how good it feels to serve the needy and we had also realized that there are millions in this world for whom our love matters over everything else.
For, Mother Teresa has said,
‘IT IS NOT HOW MUCH WE DO,
BUT HOW MUCH LOVE WE PUT IN DOING
IT IS NOT HOW MUCH WE GIVE
BUT HOW MUCH LOVE WE PUT IN GIVING’
‘Asha Daan’, will always remain in our hearts and mind. It will be a memory, all of us will cherish, and an inspiration for each student. We must follow the ideal footsteps of Mother Teresa, serve the poor and work for the betterment of society.