Year 2015 Accomplishment Report

My dear brothers and sisters-in-Christ,

PRAISE THE LORD JESUS!! A million thanks to all of you, our dear donors and benefactors, for your Love, your kindness and your generosity. May our dear Lord Jesus, who sees and knows everything, be your reward for all the help you have extended to our poor brothers and sisters in the third world! May you all be BLESSED!!

Year 2015 has come and gone, a year full of challenges and difficulties but also full of accomplishments. We have accomplished so much only because our dear Lord, Blessed Mother and St. Joseph are all behind the work we do. They are essential for us to accomplish anything. They provided us with the strength, perseverance, patience, and guidance I need, especially with all the difficulties I have to encounter in transmitting funds to our dear missionaries. You, our donors and benefactors have provided us with funds to be able to continue reaching out to the needs of our poor brothers and sisters. May the good Lord reward all of you with abundant graces and blessings! I am most grateful and hopeful that you will continue to help us in 2016 and in the coming years.

On December 8, 2015, we had Mass in our Sacred Heart Parish in Dover, NJ to celebrate our 31st anniversary of our love and service to the poor around the world. We lasted this long, 31 continuous long years of service to the poor, because of the LOVE we have for God and our poor brothers and sisters who depend on whatever we can do to assist them. Love propels us to do everything we can within our ability to reach out to all our poor brothers and sisters and to meet their basic need in life.

Our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, medical and education are also the basic needs of our poor brothers and sisters in the third world countries. We do our very best to help them meet these basic needs, as well as their spiritual needs, through our missionaries, who are our hands and feet in the missions. Without them, it is impossible for us to even know the needs of the poor in their areas and how to reach out to them. It is amazing how the good Lord directs people together so the needs of the poor may be met.

Sr. Milagros Caperig in Iloilo, Philippines, an instructor at Dominican College of Iloilo, through her we were able to assist 20 college students and 3 seminarians to continue their studies, giving them tuition assistance. Funds were sent to provide 100 students with backpacks filled with school supplies they need. A printer and a set of ink were also provided for the use of the students we are assisting. We also provided Sr. Milagros with funds for her feeding program.

In Uganda, through Sr. Teddy Joyce Adaku, we assisted 5 orphans in their studies, one of whom has completed her studies and now got a job with Hotel Arua as a cook and waitress, in line with the Certificate course she undertook in Catering and Hotel Management. The other four are continuing their studies, hopeful for a better and brighter future. A quote from Sr. Teddy Joyce Adaku, “I extend our heartfelt gratitude and overwhelming joys to you and our donors for being so kind, loving and caring towards me and the children under our care. Without you, our vocation as religious nuns would probably not have much impact on the local communities we serve. You have enabled us be fruitful and relevant to God’s children who are in need. May the good Lord keep looking after your welfare and shower all of you with His abundant Graces.”

Through Adoracion E. Abuel, in Quezon, Philippines, we have assisted 22 students in college, 14 in High School and 15 in Elementary with tuition and school supplies. The very poor students were also given some allowance for food and transportation. We also provided funds for a Rice Subsidy program for 60 families.

In Ethiopia, through Fr. Pius Prosper Nagawantu, 17 students were assisted in their education.

Fr. Joseph Ssebyala in Uganda, we assisted in the education of 60 orphans. One has graduated in Teacher’s Training College, 7 are in college, 22 are in High School and 30 are in primary school.

Fr. Zoilo R. Deslate, Jr. in Palawan, Philippines, we continue to assist 2 seminarians, one of whom, Custodio “Roy” Embellado Jr., will be ordained in 2016. We provided Fr. Zoilo with funds to build 5 artesian wells, to provide water for his people. We also provided him with 132 Mass Intentions.

Fr. Joseph Kibeti in Uganda was given assistance to be able to put a roof over St. Mary’s Church. He also was given assistance for tuition of students he is helping.

Fr. Mario Alanoca Chura in Bolivia was provided with funds he needed for a kidney transplant. His sister Antonia was his compatible kidney donor. Both survived the operation and Fr. Mario now has a new life. God provided him with two donors who were generous enough to provide the funds for his surgery and also because his sister was generous enough to give him one of her kidneys. She used to do hard work that requires heavy lifting but since her operation, she could no longer do that work. We provided her funds to have a mini-pharmacy for her self-sufficiency project to help her. She has some knowledge about drugs having worked in a pharmacy. Fr. Mario was also provided with 33 Mass Intentions. How GOD provides!!

Fr. William “Bill” Keenan in Bolivia, he is in-charge of Seminario del Spiritu Santo, in Coroico Diocese. We provided him funds to help 9 seminarians in their studies, and emergency funds for the seminarians use. We also provided funds for Basilia Bautista who comes to the Franciscans to pick up the assistance we provide for her medical needs. 68 Mass Intentions was also provided for his priests in the seminary. The last news I received from Fr. Bill is that he is being transferred by his superior (he is a Franciscan) to Cochabamba and is no longer in the Coroico Diocese. I am not sure now who will be my contact in 2016 to continue helping in the seminary. All the priests I knew from there are all gone, some have died and some transferred. I have been helping in this seminary for many years. I pray that the Lord send someone who could be my contact in the seminary, to be able to continue assisting the seminarians.

Bishop Juan Vargas of Coroico Diocese, in Bolivia, we provided him funds for his evangelization, assistance for the education of the high school and college students he is helping, assistance for the youth groups in two of the parishes in his Diocese, in Sorata and in Caranavi.

The following were also provided with Mass Intentions, the stipend helps our missionaries in their needs:

Fr. Showry Raju Yarasapu in India, 99 Mass Intentions
Fr. Magnus Kobbi Drikota in Australia, 133 Mass Intentions
Fr. Pontius Bandua in Uganda, 183 Mass Intentions
Fr. Kasipogu Balaraj in India, 165 Mass Intentions
Fr. Bernard Kyoribona in Rwanda, 130 Mass Intentions
Fr. John Avua Amandu in Italy, 100 Mass Intentions
Bishop Moses Prakasam in India, 66 Mass Intentions
Fr. Shiju Thomas (Fr. Cyriac Malayil) in India – was provided assistance for 20 seminarians.
Fr. Vijayakumar Yadala in India was provided with a sound system for his church.

Novelyn Asturias Ricafranca in the Philippines, funds was provided for rice distribution to 250 families living in three different slum areas in Sampaloc, Manila with 5 kilos of rice per family each month. We also provided her funds to provide 250 adults with Christmas gifts of spaghetti sauce and noodles, swift corned beef, tasty bread and 2 packs Tang Juice powder (good for 1 liter) and 300 children were given chocolates, so that they too can celebrate Christmas. Children in the third world countries do not have the luxury of eating chocolates as they are expensive, unaffordable for most families. A gift of a bar of chocolate is a most welcome gift that gives much joy to the children. Funds for a feeding program for 100 children were provided for two feedings. Funds to continue Rice Distribution into January 2016 has also been provided.

Sr. Malgorzata Parys and Sr. Mariola Karwowska in Bolivia – funds they need to help them renovate the building for kindergarten “Virgen de Fatima” had been successfully transmitted.

Manuel Navoa in the Philippines, in charge of the Prison Ministry was provided with funds for his transportation to be able to travel all over the country to visit all the prisoners and bring them some goodies like cookies, candy, also paper, pencils, envelopes and stamps, so that they could write to their families. Manuel talks to them and bring them Christ trying to tell them about the Holy family, Jesus, St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother. He distributes rosaries and other religious items, trying to do some evangelization to the prisoners. He leads them in the praying of the rosary.

Sr. Michaela Suresca in Iloilo, Philippines, through her we provided scholarships to 10 students to go to college. We also assisted her in the care of 2 twin orphans under her care. Here is a quote from her communication with us. “I had given away to our scholars the amount for their second semester. So far, they are doing well in their studies. Two will be graduating this coming March or April 2016. Cherry Mae, BS in Education and Melecio Lacsi on his two year course in electronics. Sammy Escasa had maintained his lead in his class. He even improved his grades, and so with Val Leonero. The twins also are doing well. The Apo or grandchildren of Sr. Jocelyn are trying hard to continue their schooling inspite of the hardship of walking long distance to school.”

Elexa Ricafranca in Manila, Philippines – we provided her with funds to feed 250 children and to have a post Christmas party for the children with food, small gifts, clowns and a magician for entertainment and party hosting. They had parlor games with giveaways like small toys and candies and prizes. Funds also provided to help the poor in the coming year to have self-sufficiency projects to assist them to be able to stand on their own.

We also send our missionaries in the Philippines large boxes known as balikbayan boxes. These contain mostly school supplies, non-perishable food items, basic necessities, clothing, etc. Here is another quote from our missionary, “I received through Sr. Mila your gifts for the poor children, 50 handbags with

notebooks, crayon, pad papers, pens and pencils, with sharpeners and paste. The children will be delighted to receive them. I will distribute them before the 25th, Christmas Day. Thank you so much.”

I used to send small boxes to all our missionaries in about 40 countries around the world, boxes containing rosaries, religious items, bibles and new testaments, religious books and booklets. But ever since the post office had, a few years ago, discontinued the M-Bag that I used to ship to the missions, I could no longer send packages by ship. The only available way to send is via Air Mail which I cannot afford as postage is too expensive; it cost more than the cost of the content. At present I can only send to the Philippines using the balikbayan boxes, a large box that when filled weighs more than 50 lbs and I pay $60.00 per box. So far in the year 2015, we have sent 14 boxes. I have 6 more boxes now ready to be shipped for 2016.  For those countries I could no longer send packages, I send them funds to buy in their countries what they need.

As I was writing this report, I have been reminiscing what the good Lord have done in the past 31 years, using us as His instruments. I have visited our missionaries all over India, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya, Bolivia and Peru. I have visited the lepers in the Philippines, India and Nigeria, also the slums, the prisons, the orphanages and homes of the poor in most of these countries.

When I was visiting the lepers, one of them asked me a question. “Are you not afraid of us?” My response was, “Why would I be afraid. Are you not my brothers and sisters too?”  She said, “Because the priests are afraid of us.” Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters that you do for me.”

When I went to the prisons, it was lunch time and the prisoners were having their meal. I noticed that four prisoners were eating from one plate with their bare hands. I also noticed that some are lying on the bare cement floor, with no sleeping mat. Lying on cold cement could get them sick with pneumonia. I asked the person-in-charge to make a list of all those who need plates and sleeping mats, in both the male and female sections. I was given very long lists, one for plates and the other for sleeping mats. I asked to be brought to the market and I bought all the needed plates and sleeping mats according to the lists. We went back to the prison and distributed the plates, calling each name from the lists and as the prisoner approaches, I handed to each of them the plates in the first round and the sleeping mats in the second round.  We did this in both the female and male sections. I wasn’t looking at their faces as I was busy trying to distribute to each of the prisoners. The guard whispered in my ears, “Look at their faces”. When I did, I saw tears coming down from the faces of the prisoners. Later I found out that they were very touch with what I have done out of my love for them. They said, “You came here for the very first time, you saw our needs and you responded with love.”  While I was there, the prisoners got busy carving a wooden heart shape plaque of gratitude made of wood which they handed to me before I left the prisons.

My dear brothers and sisters, I have just narrated to you what has transpired in 2015 as well as reminisce how the good Lord has used us in the past 31 years. You were part of all of these through your generosity which enabled us to reach out to all our poor brothers and sisters in need in many parts of the world. Without your help, it would be impossible for us to accomplish so much. May the good Lord be your reward for your kindness, your thoughfulness and your generosity!

I assure you that whatever you have given to us to help our poor brothers and sisters, they were used 100% for their needs. We use our own personal donations to meet the needed operational expenses and to fill what is lacking. Two donors have given me some help for the shipping expenses which is very much appreciated. You have helped me carry with love this heavy burden. My own home has been used as the center of operations for the monthly board meetings, for storing mission materials, for packing and shipping of the mission boxes shipped to the Philippines.  Our good Lord uses my house, which has been consecrated to Blessed Mother and given to HIM from the very beginning, for HIS purposes. PRAISE the LORD forever!!

Your loving and caring sister,

Merla

Year 2014 Accomplishment Report

Year 2014 Accomplishment Report

PRAISE THE LORD!! A million thanks for all your help. Year 2014, we completed our 30 years of tender loving care for our poor brothers and sisters in many different parts of the world. I am presenting to you, a summary of the fruits of your love and generosity that helped in various ways, our poor brothers and sisters, to help themselves stand on their own, by becoming self-sufficient, thus able to rise above poverty. You helped improved their lives, a change for the better and healthier life and also assisting them with necessities and supplies they need to live and provisions for their studies. You also provided for their medical needs.

In Uganda, through Sr. Teddy Joyce Adaku, you started helping 5 orphans. One of them have finished her studies and now able to earn and support herself and help her family. This year you provided funds for the education of the other four orphans. Two had started vocational training in 2014. The other two are in Senior 3 and 4. With the education provided to them, they will learn skills and knowledge that will help them become self-sufficient to be able to support themselves and help their families.

Also in Uganda, through Fr. Joseph Ssebyala, you helped sent 26 orphans to school. Two are in college who will be completing their studies in a year. If they finished their studies, they will be able to get a job and live a dignified life. Four orphans are finishing their Senior Four and twenty are in lower classes. In the past, we have provided Fr. Joseph with water tanks to water his coffee plantation during dry season. We also provided more funds to be able to buy more land and to plant more coffee trees. He now has 400 coffee trees. He is hoping to reach his target of 2000 coffee trees hoping we could help him more. When the time comes that he would be able to harvest the coffee trees, by then, he would be able to become self-sufficient and will be able to help the orphans under his care to finish their studies. But this would take a few more years to become a reality. He is hoping that we continue supporting the orphans, which we do, depending on the availability of funds.

In Kenya, through Sr. Josephine Kwenga, you support ten students in their studies. We also have a nutrition center in Garissa under Bishop Paul Darmanim where the poor children are fed and cared for. This nutrition center is also used as a learning center along side with the feeding program. It is also used to care for those affected with HIV/AIDS.

In India, through Bishop Jaya Rao Polimera and Fr. Vijaya Kumar Yadala, you provided funds for a water purifier to provide the people with clean purified water.

Also in India, through Bishop Gali Bali and Fr. Showry Raju Yarasapu, you provided the village with a Water Mineral Shed to house the water purifier machines so that people could have clean drinking water. 66 Mass Intentions were also provided.

In Rwanda, through Fr. Bernard Kyoribona, you provided his church with a sound system to help him in his efforts to evangelize his people better. You also provided him with 132 Mass Intentions.

In Italy, you provided Fr. John Avua Amandu with 83 Mass Intentions.

In Molo, Iloilo, Philippines, through Sr. Michaela Suresca, OP, you continue to help typhoon victims in rebuilding and repairing the houses of the people. You also provided funds for tuition of six students and education of two young students plus uniforms and renovation of their house that was damaged by the typhoon. You also gave piggery self-sufficiency project for them. A piggery self-sufficiency project was also provided for a widow and her 3 girls, all victims of the typhoon needing assistance. A wheelchair was also provided for an elderly bedridden paralyzed grandfather and also assistance for a poor family. 8 Balikbayan boxes were also sent to her containing basic necessities, clothes, non-perishable food and school supplies.

In Uganda, you provided Fr. Alex Oketch funds to provide Fr. Joseph Kibeti with a motorcycle to help him reach his people who are in very remote areas, very difficult to reach by foot. With this motorcycle, he is enabled to celebrate Masses, administer the Sacraments and evangelized his people better, bringing them closer to God and to our Mama Mary. Fr. Kibeti is also requesting funds to complete the churches in his area, one of them, St. Mary’s Church need to have a roof and all the furnishings for the church.

In India, you provided Sr. Christina with funds for the support, maintenance and needs of “KAIROS”, the Home for Girls.

In Zarraga, Iloilo, Philippines, through Sr. Milagros Caperig, OP, fifteen college students were provided with tuition fees and two seminarians were provided funds for their education as well as plane ticket to Manila where they will enter the seminary. A family was also provided with self-sufficiency project. Sr. Milagros was also provided assistance for her own mother’s surgery. You sent her 14 balikbayan boxes containing music books, clothes, school supplies, non-perishable food items, toys and basic necessities.

In Tondo, Manila, Philippines you provided Sis Rosario “Charing” Denoga with funds to help her in her hospital bill and for her midicines. Sis Rosario was also provided with funds for the education of ten students and rice subsidy for 80 families living in the slums. A bedridden lady named Anita, who is living outside a building on a metal bed we provided for her and a tarp to protect her from the weather, is also being assisted with rice and her medical needs, as well as monthly allowance for her daily basic needs. You sent her balikbayan boxes containing clothes, rosaries, school supplies, basic necessities, non-perishable food items as well as vitamins and calcium for her and for Anita, the bedridden lady. Sis Rosario though not well, has been very willing to assist the poor in their needs. She served the poor to the very end.

In Bolivia, through Fr. William Keenan, OFM, you provided educational assistance to 13 seminarians and 12 college and HS students. You also provided Bishop Juan Vargas with funds for evangelization. Two youth groups from two parishes, Caranavi and Sorata, were provided funds for their activities. Medical assistance was also provided to Basilia Bautista, as well as emergency funds for the seminary. 66 Mass Intentions was also provided.

In Bolivia, you presented Fr. Mario Chura Alanoca, funds to have his kidney transplant. Fr. Mario had kidney problems for many years, even when he was still a seminarian.I visited him in 1997 with Fr. John Heusser and attended the ordination of the seminarians we were assisting. Two were ordained to the priesthood and four to the diaconate, one of them was Fr. Mario Chura Alanoca. The following year he was ordained to the priesthood. I visited his family and have seen his house. We met his mother at the plaza where she was selling the bread she baked. They live in a one room house with dirt floor, two beds and a table. They pay rent for this room, electric bill and also for another room which they use as their kitchen to bake the bread. The father is away doing carpentry work. He comes home every two or three months as transportation is not only very hard and expensive but takes several days. You gave Fr. Mario 33 Mass Intentions.

In 2014, he informed me that he would need a kidney transplant. His younger sister is willing to be his kidney donor. This January 2015, he will be seeing his doctor who has been waiting for his kidney filtration rate to come down from 22 to 16 before he operates on Fr. Mario. In the mean time, I have been sending to him the money he needs for his operation, so that he has it on hand when the time arrives that his doctor decides to do the kidney transplant.

In Ethiopia, through Fr. Pius Prosper Nagawantu, you provided for the education of 17 orphan students, for tuition and exercise books.

In Palawan, Philippines, through Fr. Zoilo R. Deslate, Jr., you gave assistance for the support of two seminarians. You gave Fr. Zoilo 150 Mass Intentions as well and sent 16 balikbayan boxes containing books, clothes, school and office supplies, rosaries, religious items, basic necessities, non-perishable food items, brand new shirt and vitamins, calcium, and Ubiquinol for his heart, for his own used. He had a heart attach the year before I visited him in 2009.

In Quezon City, Philippines, through Sr. Ma. Dolores Tan. SCC, you sent 2 balikbayan boxes for the School for the Blind, containing clothes, non-perishable food items and basic necessities.

In India, you provided Fr. Kasipogu Balaraj with 149 Mass Intentions.

In India as well, you provided Bishop Moses Prakasam with funds for the education of ten students and for 66 Mass Intentions.

In Uganda you provided Fr. Pontius Bandua with 83 Mass Intentions.

In India also, you provided Fr. Cyriac (Shiju) Malayil with assistance for 25 seminarians, 2 of whom have been ordained and one waiting for ordination soon. These seminarians are studying at Kristu Jyoti College in Bangalore. We need more sponsors to help support these seminarians.

In the Philippines, through Ariel Ricafranca, you provided him with funds to feed the street children. He helped us feed the street children while he is on vacation in the Philippines. With the help of some relatives and friends where he stayed, he was able to gather and feed at least 800 children on three occasions. He also gave the children small toys for Christmas.

In Nigeria, you provided Sr. Josephine Okafor with five brand new vestments, chasubles and stoles, white, green, red, gold and purple which she brought to Nigeria for the newly ordained priests. Sr. Josephine has been living in Louisiana for many years now and went back to Nigeria to visit her family and to attend the ordination and provide the newly ordained priests with vestments.

Through Sis Adoracion Abuel in Quezon, Philippines, you continue to provide tuition fees for twenty one college students including one seminarian. One student will be graduating in Education this coming April 2015. You continue to provide rice subsidy to 65 families. The parish priest, Msgr. Okena was provided with a red vestment. A picture of him wearing the chasuble was sent to us. We also have sent to her balikbayan boxes containing clothes, school supplies, rosaries and religious items as well as basic necessities, vitamins for her and non-perishable food items, which she distributed to the students and the poor in the slums. One of the students, Anna Marie Presentacion, who have already graduated in Education, now teaching, married with one child and helping her mother and family has sent me her letter of appreciation with her picture. I am quoting from her letter, “I would like to express my sincerest gratitude that you became a part of my life. I am very lucky to be given the opportunity to be one of your scholars. Now that I already finished my studies as a teacher, I will always treasure you as a God-given gift to me. Thank you for being kind-hearted and I know that there are many dreams that will come true because of your hopeful support. Thank you very much and I will never forget you!!!”

All over the Philippines, our lay prison minister, Manuel Navoa, you provided him with balikbayan boxes containing items that he distributes to the prisoners such as basic necessities, rosaries, religious items, prayer cards, non-perishable food items, soaps, paper and envelopes so prisoners could write to their families, clothes and many basic items for distribution to the prisoners. You also provide him with funds for his transportation as he visits all the prisons, rehab centers, jails, all over the country. He sends us reports and pictures of his prison ministry. He also goes to schools and talks to students to encourage them in their studies, to avoid drugs, alcohol, vices and evil things.

In summary, you have sent 43 balikbayan boxes. These boxes are large boxes, each box measures 17” x 19” x 28”, each box weighing more than 50 lbs.

My brothers and sisters, I want to thank you all once again, a million times, for your love, kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. You are all our partners in this Ministry of Love, to reach out to all our poor brothers and sisters in need, especially those in the Third World countries where people live in extreme poverty and do not have the resources that we have here in U.S. I want to reassure you once again that your donations go to the poor 100%. Our funds are very limited as donations are low, but despite of it so many are being helped and many have already been able to rise above poverty. We give with great LOVE the little we have and the good Lord multiplies them so that many benefits from it. Our good Lord said that “Whatever you do for others, that you do unto me.” And so my dear beloved partners, you have helped Jesus HIMSELF by helping the poor. It is our dear Lord who will reward you all abundantly according to your Love.

GOD BLESS AND LOVES YOU ALL. And may HE protect and keep you in HIS loving care.

Your loving and caring sister,
Merla

Year 2013 Accomplishment Report

In year 2013, we celebrated our 29th year of existence as an organization. MQAN also received the CARITAS AWARD last November 2013. This award I offered up to our Mama Mary who is smiling at our work done with great LOVE and under her direction with Jesus and Papa Joseph. Without them, it would be impossible for us to survive and last this long. They provided us with the health and strength, courage and perseverance we need to keep going for the sake of the poor. This year was a year full of challenges and trusts in the Lord. It was the first time ever that we provided the highest funds for one project in the Philippines, that of providing help to many victims of typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as known to the Filipinos. Compared to big organizations, our funds are just a drop in the bucket, but the number of people that were helped is astonishing. We helped in the Western Visayas, the areas that were not covered by the Relief Services as they concentrated their assistance in the Eastern Visayas where there were many casualties. One month after the typhoon, Sr. Michaela wrote, “The need here is shelter. Nobody yet is distributing materials for rebuilding. You are the first one to provide materials that is why these people are very grateful.”

Through Sr. Michaela Suresca, OP, we were able to provide for the needs of the people in three provinces, Iloilo, Capiz and Antique known as Panay Island. Immediately after the typhoon, 500 families were given rice and canned goods. 80 families were provided with building materials, mostly G.I. sheets for roofing, 5 houses in Antique, 22 houses in Iloilo and 53 houses in Capiz, where most of the houses were flattened by the typhoon. We also provided roofing for 3 schools, St. Martin Academy in Dumalag, Capiz, and Saint Ann Catholic School in Balasan, Iloilo and Parochial School of Concepcion in Iloilo. We also provided roofing and assistance to St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Casanayan, Pilar Capiz. The Parish Priest, Fr. Antonio Arinquin wrote,”This is to acknowledge the amount of P150,000.00 Php you donated to St. Vincent Ferrer Parish thru Sr. Michaela, OP, for the damage brought by typhoon Haiyan. Thank you also for the 50 pcs of G.I. sheets for the church roofing”. The Home for the Deaf and Mute (Bahay Dayonan) in Roxas City, Capiz, as well as the convent of the Dominican Sisters in Dumalag, Capiz were also provided with roofing assistance. We also have provided Sr. Michaela with 9 Balikbayan boxes, each box weighing more than 50 lbs. containing, basic necessities, non-perishable food, clothes, shoes, and diapers for the elderly nuns, books, rosaries, school supplies, kitchen and laundry supplies, toys, games and many other items for distribution to the flood victims. Earlier in the year, we also sent funds for a wheelchair for their elderly nuns and help for a family to restore her kitchen damaged by the flood.

Another Dominican missionary, Sr. Milagros Caperig, OP, was provided with funds to help the Dominican College of Iloilo (DCIL) students, staff, faculty and 23 families who were equally affected by the typhoon. They distributed 25 sacks of rice and other goods in four towns, namely Concepcion, San Dionesio, Batad and Balasan. Two families were also provided with materials to rebuild their houses, one of these families is a couple with 7 children and both parents are jobless.

In this College, we also have been providing Sr. Milagros with funds assisting 15 students in their studies. They are taking two year courses, 8 in Hotel and Restaurant Services (HRS), 3 in Computer Programming, 3 in Computer Hardware Servicing and 1 taking BS in Education in WVSU, a University in Western Visaya. Also five students graduated in 2013.

In Rwanda, through Fr. Bernard Kyoribona, we have assisted those in extreme poverty to become self- sufficient. Fr. Bernard wrote, “I am sending the photos of the goats that I bought. My people are extremely happy and with this they will celebrate Christmas with a smile on their faces. All those that were in extreme poverty are now covered. They can now say thank MQAN, for the concern you showered to us.” 658 parishioners living in extreme poverty were helped with self-sufficiency projects, such as rearing pigs and goats and sewing machines. We provided Fr. Bernard in the past with 8 metal doors, as the parish suffered many robberies. When I asked how the doors were helping, he wrote, “Yes, the metal doors helped me to keep off the robbers from breaking in again, now it is safe. You remember we manage to change 8 doors and today is OK, the house is safe.”

In Bolivia, we have been reaching out to their needs for so many years now, assistance provided through Fr. William Keenan, for the education of the seminarians, this year 15 of them. Funds were provided for the education of high school and college students, through Bishop Juan Vargas. We also provided him with funds for evangelization. Likewise, the Youth Groups of Caranavi and Sorata parishes were provided with funds for their activities. Medical help was also provided to Basilia Bautista as well as emergency fund for the seminary and Mass Intentions for Fr. Mario Alanoca and the other priests, who wanted to receive Mass Intentions.

In Palawan, Philippines, through Fr. Zoilo R. Deslate, Jr. we provided funds for the education of two seminarians and Mass Intentions. We have sent him 3 Balikbayan boxes, containing basic necessities, vitamins, razors and personal items for his own use, non-perishable food items, school supplies, Catholic Almanac for his rectory and school library, chasuble, clothes, shoes, books for the school library, learning CDs, rosaries, office supplies, many other items for distribution to the poor parishioners and students.

Fr. Joseph Ssebyala in Uganda was provided with funds for the education of the orphans under his care and Mass Intentions. We received accounting of the funds provided and report, “Now as I have some who are already in college, they more or less took the Lion’s share of the money for school fees. But I am happy because two of the orphans are in college and will complete their college studies in two years time to come and am sure if they will finish well, they will be able to get jobs and live a dignified life. 4 orphans are candidate for Senior Four and 20 are in lower classes.” In the past, we have provided Fr. Joseph with water tanks to water his coffee plantation during dry season and funds to buy a little more land to plant more coffee trees. With this he now has 400 coffee trees. He was hoping to buy the neighbor’s land, who was going to relocate, that was for sale, big enough to reach his target of 2000 coffee trees, for which we hope to give, but could not for lack of funds. When the time comes that he would be able to harvest the coffee trees, by then they will be self-sufficient and would be able to stand on their own without our help. But this will take a few more years. In the meantime, we continue to help them.

In Uganda also, through Sr. Teddy Joyce Adaku, we have been assisting 5 girls in their education. One of the five has completed her two years vocational training and graduated last Nov. 12th, 2013. Two will start vocational training in 2014, one is promoted to Senior 3 and the other to senior 4. With the education provided to them, they will one day become self-sufficient, able to support themselves and their families.

Fr. Kasipogu Balaraj from India was provided with funds for the education of 40 students, attending different schools, in primary and high school, as well as funds to provide 3 widows with sarees and bed sheets, also a young, unmarried orphan lady was given a sewing machine for self sufficiency and funds for her left eye retina surgery. A sick elderly man was provided with funds for food and medicine. The students at Sitaramapuram village were provided with school fees, uniforms, school bags, textbooks, pens, notebooks. We received detailed accounting, receipts and reports as well as pictures of these students, some in their new uniform, the widows, the sick elderly man and the young orphan lady. One of the pictures has this caption. “Children are standing in the classroom. As this school does not have benches or chairs, they sit on the mat. They are happy with the minimum they get. I also bought for them charts, (as you see on the wall) to learn English as well as local language, Telugu.” “The children are given an opportunity for education. It is possible because of your goodness and donors generosity.” Two High School students were also given uniforms and foot wear. As regards the eye surgery, Fr. Kasipogu wrote, “After the surgery she could see better now. She could not control her tears. She wept aloud in the hospital. She was really happy and grateful to you. She told me to thank you. I have taken her pictures in the hospital.” Fr. Kasipogu was also provided with Mass Intentions.

Also in India, we provided educational assistance to ten students in college to Fr. Paul Vijaya and Mass Intentions as well. Bishop Moses Prakasam with Fr. Joseph Pidatala, was provided funds for education of 10 students in the primary. Fr. Showry Raju Yarasapu was provided Mass Intentions. He has been requesting for funds for construction of toilets with urinal for the 3 mission schools, for the pilgrims of the Shrine of Our Lady of Health and drinking water facilities in his new parish where he was transferred. We do not have the required amount and has to wait until we are able to collect enough funding.

In Garissa, Kenya to Sr. Sarah Tari and Bishop Paul Darmanim, we provided funds for food for the nutrition center that we built in 1991 that was also used as classrooms for informal education, to help care for young children from age 3 – 13. Over the years, the center has grown into a formal primary school now known as St. Mary’s, to respond to the emerging needs of the poor and disadvantage children. They provide food, education, faith formation and other special needs or care for those affected and infected by the HIV/AIDS and are with them at the center. The learning continued along side with the feeding programme (breakfast and lunch). The school has grown steadily and is now up to the 8th Std. where the pioneer pupils will sit for the Kenya certificate of primary education just like and with other pupils in the country for the 1st time. Sr. Sarah is also requesting assistance to build bigger classrooms/library, reading materials, food and special needs subsidy. We were able to provide for food but do not have enough funds for constructions of classrooms and library.

Sr. Bertille Lizy Ezeh in Nigeria with Bishop Lucius Ugorgi was provided funds for food for the nutrition center in Nkporo. When we visited in Nigeria in 1992, I brought with me the funds to build this nutrition center to help feed and care for the children. This nutrition center was also used as clinic as well as for informal education of the children. Over the years it now has grown into a nursery and primary formal school for the children of Nkporo. As many of these children lives far from the nutrition center/school, they are requesting for assistance to buy a used school bus but we do not have the funds to provide.

In the Manila, Philippines, Sis Rosario Denoga was provided funds for the Rice Subsidy Program to assist 80 families living in the depressed/squatter areas of San Jose Manggagawa parish. (St. Joseph the Worker Parish). We are also assisting a bedridden poor lady named Anita. She lives outside the wall of a building, exposed to the elements. When it floods, her wooden bed floats on the water. We provided her with a metal bed, a wooden chair, a raincoat and a tarp to protect her from the weather. She has asthma and need oxygen which we provided her. We also provide her monthly allowance for her basic needs and twice a month rice subsidy. Her Parish Priest, Fr. Roberto “Bobby” Titco was provided with a chasuble given to us by a donor. Also at San Jose de Trozo Parish, we are assisting 10 High School students in their studies. Sis

Rosario is now elderly and has been sick and needs medical care, we also provide her funds for her own medical needs.We sent Sis Rosario 2 balikbayan boxes containing basic necessities, non-perishable food items, school supplies, clothes, foot wear, rosaries, vitamins for her and for Anita, many basic items for distributions to the poor.

In Quezon, Philippines, Sis Adoracion Abuel was provided with funds to assist 63 families with Rice Subsidy. The Sinag Kalinga, a Home for the Destitute, is also provided with rice. We are also providing tuition fees to 8 elementary, 24 high school and 7 college students and 2 seminarians. In mid year 2013, when typhoon Maring hit the area, many places were flooded, some died and many livelihoods were destroyed. Assistance was provided to those who were affected. Families who are in need due to circumstances such as death in the family leaving orphans to care for, are also provided with some assistance. We sent Sis Adoracion with a balikbayan box containing basic necessities, non-perishable food, vitamins for her own use, clothes, shoes, rosaries, other items.

All over the Philippines, our lay prison minister, Manuel Navoa, was provided funds for his transportation to go visit all the prisons, rehab centers, jails, all over the country, from the north to the south, east and west. He distributes basic necessities and religious items, holy cards and prayer leaflets to the prisoners. He also gives them rosaries and teaches them how to pray. He also goes to the schools and talks to the students to encourage them to study hard and to avoid drugs, alcohol, vices and evil things. He tells them the goodness and love of God for them. He sent us reports and pictures of his prison ministry. Before he visits a prison, he goes to the Bishop or the parish priest in the area and asks for their blessings and for permission and sends us pictures of him with the bishop. We sent Manuel a balikbayan box containing basic necessities, rosaries, religious items, prayer cards, and non-perishable food for Manuel, paper and envelopes so prisoners could write to their families, clothes and many basic items for distribution to the prisoners.

In India, Fr. Matthew Uzhunnalil was provided with funds for 25 seminarians and also Mass Intentions. Since he has been ill and is now up in age, he had given Fr. Cyriac Malayil the responsibility of corresponding with us, receiving the funds and giving us reports and pictures, as regards our sponsorship of the seminarians at Kristu Jyoti College in Bangalore. Each year many seminarians are ordained.

In Uganda, through Fr. Pontius Bandua, we provided him with funds for sewing machines and carpentry tools. This will give the youth under his care, the skills and knowledge they need for their livelihood. The girls will learn how to make dresses and be able to earn a living. The boys will learn how to make furnitures and from the sale of them, they will be able to support themselves and their families. Fr. Pontius was also provided with Mass Intentions.

To conclude, I would like to thank all of you, a million times once again, for your love, kindness and generosity. All of you are our partners in this Ministry of Love to reach out to all those in need, particularly in the third world countries where people live in extreme poverty and do not have the resources that we have in the first world countries. I want to reassure you that 100% of all that we have received goes to help our poor brothers and sisters in many poor countries. Our funds are very limited but despite of it, so many are being helped and many are already able to rise above poverty. The little we have, we give with great LOVE and the good Lord multiplies them so that many benefits from it and have a chance for a better, healthier life. The good Lord also sent us new members to help with the work of the Alliance and also new donors to help provide for the needs of God’s favorites, “the poor who have no one to turn to”. We provide for Jesus as well, for HE said, “Whatever you do for others, that you did it for me.

May Mama Mary, the Queen of All Nations, keep you in her loving care. May Jesus bless you abundantly and Papa Joseph provide for all your needs. GOD BLESS AND LOVES YOU ALL!
Your loving and caring sister, Merla 

Fall 2013 Newsletter

My dear beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,

Peace, joy and love of Christ be with you all!

It has been quite a while since I have sent you a newsletter. Life has been so busy not only in trying to meet the needs of our poor brothers and sisters in the different parts of the world, but also in trying to get more reviews at greatnonprofits 2013 competition, that we hope would be a means for us to have more exposure to prospective donors and corporate foundations. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have given us reviews and put us up on top.

I am happy to report to you that we have landed at the top as the most reviewed nonprofit in New Jersey, in the four categories that we are listed in, that is International, Education, Human Services and Religion. We landed third in U.S. Of the 386 reviews in the 2013 campaign, MQAN rated 4.95 out of 5 Stars. Greatnonprofits has compiled a list of Top-Rated nonprofits of which we are also included. I believe this list will be provided to greatnonprofits partnered media and to corporate foundations. I encourage you all to go to www.greatnonprofits.org and check the reviews that we have received from our missionaries, our poor brothers and sisters whom we served, donors, volunteers and the general public. It is truly humbling and a great joy to know from the reviews that we have made an enormous difference in the lives of our poor brothers and sisters in the third world countries. Please continue to give us your five star reviews for 2014 contest.

On November 2, 2013, Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance was awarded the Caritas Award for convening by Catholic Charities of our Paterson Diocese. We received our heart-shaped Caritas Award, with a nesting pelican surrounded by her young atop the heart. We are grateful to all those who have made it possible for us to receive this award.

In the event that our good Lord sends us more donors and we receive substantial donations, we are hoping to provide more to all our projects that at the present, we are only able to give very limited funding. Such projects are assistance to seminarians, students, most especially those in college, rice subsidy, prison ministry, sanitation and medical assistance and hopefully more self-sufficiency projects to assist more poor people to rise above poverty.

This year, funds we have so far received are very minimal but we continue to reach out to all, especially to on-going projects. I would like to give you a summary and some pictures, as well as progress reports, after the project has been implemented and how it impacted the lives of the people who are the recipients of your love, kindness and generosity. Let us all be thankful to the good Lord, for the strength, courage and perseverance that together, with great love, we are able to give a hand to our poor brothers and sisters, through self-sufficiency projects, education, etc.

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to improve their lives, health and sanitation as well as have an education that will help them rise above poverty, be able to stand on their own and support their families.

I am happy to report to you that in Rwanda, with the last group to receive the distribution of 35 more goats, 100% of the poorest parishioners of Fr. Bernard Kyoribona will become self- sufficient. Fr. Bernard have given us two reviews at the greatnonprofits on the projects that we have provided and the impact of these on the lives of his people. Some of those who have received our assistance also have given us reviews. Before this year ends, Fr. Bernard could celebrate with his people, that 100% of his parishioners, are now able to stand on their own and able to support their families. Mass Intentions were also provided to Fr. Bernard.

Fr. Bernard provided us photos to show the goat project and the recipients of your love, kindness and generosity.

In India, Fr. Vijaya Paul was provided with funds for the education of 10 students and Mass Intentions. We have provided Fr. Vijaya assistance for a number of students for over a decade now and all are grateful for the continued assistance. One of these students whom we have assisted has now finished her studies and she had put a review at greatnonprofits. This is what she wrote, “I am T.Sruthi, 23 years from India, I am one of the beneficiaries of Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance, Dover, NJ USA. I have been supported for more than a decade for my education through this organization. Today I have completed B. Tech from JNTU (Javaharial Nehru Technology University), because of the financial support of this organization. We are 10 students who had been supported through this organization for the last thirteen years. We are grateful to this organization. We came to know that this organization is supporting many more students, mostly orphans. Thanks to Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance and especially, to the founder Merla Ricafranca.”

In the Philippines, we continue to assist the two seminarians of Fr. Zoilo R. Deslate, Jr. and also provided him with Mass Intentions. The flood victims were assisted and the old nuns were provided with wheel chair, 15 college students are supported through Sr. Michaela Suresca. We continue to support Manuel Navoa in his prison ministry all over the Philippines. Through Sis.Rosario Denoga, we continue the rice subsidy, education of high school and college students, assistance for medical and basic necessities. Likewise, we continue the projects under Sis. Adoracion Abuel, namely, rice subsidy, education of elementary, high school and college students as well as 2 seminarians, assistance for medical and basic necessities. All these missionaries have given reviews at greatnonprofits, except for Sis Adoracion who has no computer and no access to the internet. Please go to www.greatnonprofits.org to read their reviews that will touch your hearts and see how the good Lord is working through MQAN.

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Also in India, 10 students were provided educational funds through Bishop Moses Prakasam and 25 seminarians provided with assistance through Fr. Matthew Uzhunnalil.

Fr. Showry Raju Yarasapu in India was given Mass Intentions. Previously, we provided him with funds to build two mineral water sheds and toilets for two primary schools without toilet facilities. He has since been transferred to another parish. He has been requesting for funds for toilets and other projects for his new place but due to lack of funds, Fr. Showry has to wait until we can collect enough for all the needs of his people. Hopefully, this coming year, with more exposure to corporate foundations and prospective donors through greatnonprofits and the workings of Jesus, Mama Mary and Papa Joseph, we might be able to provide Fr. Showry with funds to meet the needs of his poor people. Many other missionaries are also requesting for similar projects and for assistance for equipments for their medical dispensary.

In Uganda, you provided Sr. Teddy Joyce Adaku, funds for the education of 5 girls. One of these students will be graduating in a Vocational School of Tailoring and Cookery and will be employed by December of this year. We hope to continue to assist the other four secondary students until they are able to graduate in their respective careers and earn a living.

Also in Uganda, through Fr. Joseph Ssebyala, funds for the education of many orphans, in primary and in secondary and Mass Intentions were provided. Previously, we have provided Fr. Joseph with medical assistance for his sick mother. We provided him with a piece of land to plant more coffee, for coffee plantation to add to his existing land. For irrigation we provided him with two large water tanks. Fr. Joseph Ssebyala is requesting for funds to purchase more land to add to their present coffee plantation to have enough harvest, when the time comes, as future proceeds will be used for the needs and education of the orphans. By then, he will be self-sufficient, able to provide for the many orphans under his care. We do not have funds for his latest request. Fr. Joseph also has some college students, but we are unable to provide for them as their needs are more than what we can afford to give. We hope in the coming year, if more donations come through, with God’s help, that we will be able to provide more funds to Fr. Joseph for the education of more than 100 orphans, many whose parents died of HIV/AIDS.

Sr. Sarah Tari of Kenya was provided funds for food for the nutrition center which we built in 1991. It has now grown to provide the children not only with food but also with education.

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Pontius Bandua of Uganda was provided with funds for self-sufficiency, sewing machines and carpentry tools. The students will be taught how to sew and how to use the carpentry tools to learn skills and knowledge they need to become self-sufficient and be able to earn a living.

In Bolivia, through Fr. William Keenan and Fr. Emilio Medrano, you provided funds for the education of 15 seminarians, 4 high school and 4 university students, for evangelization funds for Bishop Juan Vargas, Youth Groups at Caranavi and Sorata parishes, Mass Intentions, medical assistance to Basilia and emergency funds for the seminary.

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In India, 34 more students were provided with education, supplies, uniforms, through Fr. Kasipogu Balaraj. Mass Intentions was also provided. A lady going blind was also assisted with funds for an eye surgery. Old ladies received sarees and old sick man, food and medicine.

I do hope that this newsletter has given you a glimpse of what your love and generosity have accomplished in the lives of our poor brothers and sisters in the missions. As always, your donations are used 100% for all these projects. Operational expenses, I personally shoulder myself, at times, I have to fill in what is lacking in donations. It is my way of showing my love for the good Lord and for our many poor brothers and sisters in the Third World countries. Besides, the good Lord invests it in heaven where HE gives great dividends and high interest. He will reveal this to us, when we come face to face with him in heaven. God loves you all. Please share this with your families and friends. Check reviews at www.greatnonprofits.org.

Mary Queen of All Nations, pray for us.

Love from Merla