The Missionaries of Charity
I worked as a volunteer in one of Mother Teresa’s homes in Calcutta, India for a period of two months at the end of 2008. It was during this time that I was shocked to discover the horrific and negligent manner in which this charity operates and the direct contradiction of the public’s general understanding of their work.
After further investigation and research, I realized that all of the events I had witnessed amounted to nothing more than a systematic human rights violation and a financial scam of monumental and criminal proportions.
Workers washing needles under tap water only to be reused again. Medicine and other vital items being store for months on end, expiring and eventually still applied sporadically to patients. Volunteers with little or no training carrying out dangerous work on patients with highly contagious cases of Tuberculosis, leprosy and other life threatening illnesses, while the workers of the charity patently refuse to accept and implement machinery and equipment that would safely automate processes and save lives.
It was Mother Teresa’s own admission during an interview that more than 23,000 people had died in the halls of one of the missions home; boasting at the number if you will and missing entirely the point of the enormous compilation of unnecessary deaths.
Not once in its sixty year history, have the Missionaries of Charity reported the money they’ve taken in donations, what percentage they use for administration and where the rest has been applied and how. Since its inception, defectors of the organization and other journalists have placed the figure upwards of one billion dollars and counting. The mission currently operates 450 plus homes and maintains an average of 4,000 workers.
If any other organization did this systematically for six decades, there would be arrests and criminal charges; so why the exception here?
Many followers of Mother Teresa and her charity have irrationally argued in her defense while completely ignoring the actual deaths caused by the organization which in it of itself is quite troubling. While I agree that poverty is ugly, grueling and heartbreaking and it won’t go away in two months or a year I have also seen how easy it is for many to swipe a credit card or send a check and in return spend hours claiming the good that’s done with it but in this case, it couldn’t be more inaccurate.
Mother Teresa herself had also repeatedly admitted that she was not a social worker, and her followers continue to assert the same. So under what motives do they tend to the poor you may ask? The mantra of the operation rests solely on the belief that suffering and poverty are ways of loving god, something that when explained to even people of faith makes no sense at all! In short, they are there to move people to their deaths rather than actually looking for ways to fix the problem that is poverty.
I have started this group and other projects to denounce the Missionaries of Charity and their work and bring worldwide attention to the acts committed by them on daily basis. I strongly believe that as humans we most help our fellow humans in need with 100% transparency and not in return of those we help having to agree with whatever spiritual path we may choose.
Continuing to air these facts about Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and organizations like hers bring attention to the fraud and manipulation that exists and helps point good people everywhere to other charities that work to empower men, women and children in need the world over.
About the Author
Hemley Gonzalez is the creator of the Facebook group STOP the Missionaries of Charity, whose goal is to hold the Missionaries of Charity accountable for their negligence and misuse of donations.