Born in Mumbai India, Theresa is the sixth of nine children. As an athlete, she broke the national record in the high jump at the age of 15, and the national records in the 800 metres and 1500 metres at the age of 19.
Since then, Theresa felt compelled to do something for the upliftment of the marginalized poor of India. Thus, she initially served as the principal of three of the Loreto Convent English Medium Institutes for 15 years.
In 1992, Theresa went abroad to Canada and the United States of America for further studies and volunteer work. She specialized as an educational consultant.
She has lectured extensively in North America, as well as Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Theresa returned to India in 1998. She now works full time to educate underprivileged children and young women.
Gateway Children's Home began operation in 1999. The beginning children, some of them Theresa and staff literally took off the streets. Some of these children continue with us today, studying in high school.
Gateway International provides free education and meals for preschoolers in two locations. After school hours, Gateway staff conduct free tuitions for school going kids, in the same two institutes.
As of 2010, Gateway Community College for young women has been in operation. Gateway provides the students with free education and accommodation. The ones who can afford something towards their meals, they pay up to Rs.1200 monthly.
The college girls are usually daughters of widows, orphans, and those whose dads are alcoholics. The goal of the organization is to enable these young women to be the breadwinners of their respective families.
Theresa tells us that all this is possible because of God's grace. She also credits her committed staff, who assist in caring for the students.
In Theresa's own words: “An educated mind can lift up a nation.” In particular, the nation of India, which she gives her life for.
Gateway has brought up Std. 10 2015 graduate Kumari since childhood
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