Teresa’s volunteers

Kalighat is the hospice for dying destitutes that mother Teresa founded in Kolkata in 1952. These days it is run in large part by volunteers. The original aim of providing a place for lonely street-dwellers to die with dignity remains intact. True to the founding principles of Teresa, the care offered is still about personal care and company for those who have no-one in those last years, weeks or sometimes even minutes of their lives. This idea appeals to a steady stream of volunteers from many faiths and walks of life and from all over the globe. They sign up to spend months or years of their lives helping the poor.