• Short Summary

    COMPASSION AND HELP ARE GIVEN TO SICK, DESTITUTE AND DYING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN CALCUTTA IN TWO HOMES FOUNDED BY MOTHER TERESA, THE ALBANIAN-BORN ROMAN CATHOLIC PHILANTHROPIST, WITH THE HELP OF THE SOCIETY OF MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY.

  • Description

    COMPASSION AND HELP ARE GIVEN TO SICK, DESTITUTE AND DYING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN CALCUTTA IN TWO HOMES FOUNDED BY MOTHER TERESA, THE ALBANIAN-BORN ROMAN CATHOLIC PHILANTHROPIST, WITH THE HELP OF THE SOCIETY OF MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY.

    IN ONE OF THE HOMES, SOME 150 MEN AND WOMEN ARE CARED FOR EVERY DAY; ABOUT HALF OF THEM ARE SET ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY, THE OTHER HALF ARE LOVINGLY NURSED THROUGH THEIR LAST ILLNESS. AT THE SHISHU BHAVAN HOME, NEARLY 200 CHILDREN ARE AT PRESENT BEING NURSES BACK TO HEALTH FROM THE RAVAGES OF NEGLECT AND MALNUTRITION.

    THE MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY WERE FORMED IN CALCUTTA IN 1950 IN RESPONSE TO THE OVERWHELMING MISFORTUNES OF CALCUTTA'S SLUM SWELLERS. IN COOPERATION WITH CALCUTTA MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, THEY PROVIDE FOOD AND SHELTER AND - FOR THOSE BEYOND RECOVERY - THE CHANGE TO DIE IN PEACE AND DIGNITY AWAY FROM THE CROWDED STREETS. SO FAR, ABOUT HALF OF THOSE ADMITTED HAVE RECOVERED. ACCOMMODATION IN THE HOME IS FOR 100 PATIENTS, BUT IT USUALLY HOLDS 150. ON THE DAY THIS FILM WAS SHOT, 63 MEN AND 78 WOMEN WERE BEING LOOKED AFTER.

    MOTHER TERESA STARTED A SECOND HOME, SHISHU BHAVAN, FOR ABANDONED AND CRIPPLED CHILDREN, IN 1955. THIS HOME HAS HELPED NEARLY 3,000 CHILDREN, MOSTLY VICTIMS OF UNDERNOURISHMENT AND TUBERCULOSIS. NEARLY ALL THE COMMUNITIES OF CALCUTTA SUPPORT THIS HOME, GIVING PERSONAL SERVICE OR ORGANISING ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE CHILDREN - THOUGH MOST OF THE LITTLE INMATES ARE SMALL BABIES AND TODDLERS WHOSE ELEMENTARY NEEDS ARE FOOD, LOVE AND SHELTER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD6Z374K961S5VI4RUPDNOTQC3
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6Z374K961S5VI4RUPDNOTQC3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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