Begging letters from the Mother Teresa Children's Foundation claim to be honoring Mother Teresa's name by independently helping children all over the world. But check the small print before sending a donation - in tiny print this lot admit to having no connection to Mother Teresa or the good cause she founded, The Missionaries of Charity. Although a registered UK charity, none of the trustees of the Mother Teresa Children's Foundation live in Britain. Nathan Barnes and Chen Crystal are in the United States and Sajan Kavinkalath is in India. The mailshot gives only a PO box address in Crawley, West Sussex, the website no address at all or phone number, only the option to send a question by email.
We've asked them to justify using the picture and name of Mother Teresa, who died in Calcutta in 1997, but have had no reply.A spokeswoman for the Missionaries of Charity said When Mother was alive she did not give permission for others to use her name. On fundraising Mother was quite clear. We do not fund raise for the Missionaries of Charity or want anybody else to fund raise for us. We are totally dependent on divine providence, on the sharing of others.We do not solicit funds and Mother always said not to raise funds in our name using her name or image or that of the Missionaries of Charity.