March 7, 2017

Datin Paduka Mother A Mangalam A/P S Iyaswamy Iyer (Mother Mangalam) has been called the Malaysian version of Mother Teresa. Mother Mangalam has been a ‘mother’ to thousands of Malaysian orphaned children, through her foundation the Pure Life Society.

She was born in Singapore on May 17, 1926. It was World War II that had a great impact on the way Mother Mangalam (then Sister) approached life. She saw poverty and hunger all around her and resolved to dedicate her future life to children.

At the age of 22, she began to teach the children of poor families, along with her spiritual mentor, Swami Satyananda. Together, they set up the Pure Life Society in 1949, which has since nurtured thousands of orphans. Mother Mangalam has more than 30 awards and honors for her work including Merdeka Award in 2010. She also published a book of poetry in 2001, Dew Drops on the Lily Pad and another book, Mother, launched earlier this year.

Source: Wikipedia