Being one of the New Members on the Board, I remember my first day last year where I just jumped right into the meeting. There were so many different projects going on, ranging from rice distribution to helping educate individuals to become seminarians, that it all seemed overwhelming. However, with very kind and compassionate board members, it was easy to learn the ins-and-outs of what Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance was doing. I was really astounded by the outreach of the Alliance and just how much of an impact we were making. It is really great to continue to watch Mary Queen of All Nations grow, and to be a part of it is absolutely amazing.
This non profit has provided a hand up to the needy in many country villages for 31 years.
100% of its donations go to the worthiest causes thru a Board screening process. No salaries are taken & expenses are absorbed by the leadership. Results are tracked by reports to be sure that donors money is well spent.
Projects range widely from rice subsidies to feed the poor, water purification for health & safety, assistance with shelters, disaster aid in places like the Philippines, support for schooling to lift up education, sewing machines to enable village support,and on & on.
The needy in up to 56 countries have been assisted over the years.
If you want to do good and know that your donation is well spent, consider this non profit.
Through donations received St. Mary's Church in Uganda was able to be completed by adding roof, doors & windows to a building shell that evolved over 10 years. It now provides for thousands of villagers to assemble and avoid the harsh elements of the weather. This Missionary Alliance redirects 100% of its donations to the world poor & accounts for all of its donor's funding in a meticulous manor. Jim
Speaking of charity, I don't think there is no other great person who can personify this other than Merla Ricafranca who is the founder of Mary Queen of all Nations Missionary Alliance in Dover, New Jersey. Come to think of it, she herself could have benefited from its great work since she had been aflicted with Cerebral Palsy since the day she was born; but instead, she offered herself up to the service of the Lord in helping those more disadvantaged than she was by sacrificing her meager income to help the poor helpless familiies in the third world countries and among them was of course, the Philippines where she came from. Then as soon as she was able to get a few members who were willing to give thier time and effort for such a wonderful cause, then it gradually extended to India, Bolivia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and so many other third world countries in desperate need of help. Mind you, the workers are volunteers who do not get paid for the work that they do including sending packages ot rosaries, books, school supplies as well as toiletries and even some viamins to the poor under nourished children of the villages. With the contributions it gets of which 100% goes to the missions, they are able to provide toilets for sanitation as well as chapels for places of worshipin the villages which are served by the number of ordained priests in the diferent provinces. Actually, there is much more work to be done but that sometimes become impossiblr to do with the limited funds it has. Only with God's help and the generosity of our much needed donors will His will be done on us.
I am sure the Holy Spirit must have led me to know Merla, the founder of Mary Queen of all Nations Missionary Alliance and its wonderful works. At first I was not fully aware of the kind of organization it was until I started attending the monthly meetings. With just a handful of members, great things have been accomplished by the Alliance over the years by inviting a few donors who could spare a few hundred dollars so that we can wire some money to help some poor seminarians finish school and be ordained to the preisthood. Not only that but we also mail out much needed books and school supplies to poor students who do not have the means and resources they need. The families are able to start a lot of self help projects from breeding farm animals and growing and selling them so that they have some source of income. I really admire Merla for her unbelievable efforts in helping our poor brothers and sisters in the third world countries like India, Bolivia, the Philippines,etc. I can just imagine how much more that this non profit organization would be able to do if only it has all the funds it needs to share the world. I think Merla has become our modern day Mother Theresa with all the works she does.
I live in Randolph and met Merla at Sacred Heart Church, Dover since 2009. She is the one who brings me to Church everyday. She talks about the needs of the poor and the works of Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance that gives 100% of donations to the poor around the world. This organization has helped so many poor people rise above poverty and are now able to support themselves, send their children to school and provide their families with food and clothing and some also health insurance for their families.
This organization helps a lot of poor people in many poor countries around the world. They help the sick, the blind, the orphans, the homeless, the seminarians and missionaries. She started this organization with her own personal money. Later, God sent her help to get her organization as a non-profit recognized by the Federal government, so that people can assist her to help many more people.
This Alliance is a charity for the poorest of the poor. We review each request carefully and verify each one as carefully as possible. Since our funds are very limited we try to help the most needy with projects that will do the most good for the most people. Our director foots all the cost for office supplies and shipping expenses so that every penny that is donated goes for the projects the board deems worthy. For the board member and volunteers our rewards come in the form of letters of "thanks",pictures of projects completed,students graduatings,seminarians taking their final orders,children equiped with school supplies just to mention a few of our rewards. Our meeting always end with aprayer and wish that we could do more.
Today, I had the chance to read all the reviews written by everyone for Mary Queen of all Nations Missionary Alliance. It is really very heart warming to hear from the people around the world who are being being helped by this wonderful nonprofit organization. I am amazed at how it can continue to do what is being done to the poor of the poorest around the diferent countries in the world. With whatever it is able to collect from its donors, it is able to feed families through rice subsidy programs, even help build houses so they can have roofs over their heads to encouraging them in raising animals that multiply to maintaining some self-help projects like cultivating their own farms or providing a few sewing machines for the women to sew clothes to those who have none. If only they could get more donors so that they can continue to do their great work which serves the least fortunate of us.
Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance is a non-profit that is run by ALL VOLUNTEERS, now in their 29th year, no one in the organization have ever received any salary or any remuneration for the work done. 100% of all donations received are used for the poor. From the Director, who shoulders all the operational expenses, down to the members, all work done are voluntary and done out of their love for God and the poor. The goal is to help the poor rise above poverty and to know Christ who provides for everything. The poor is being assisted, not to be dependent on anyone, but to work hard to be able to stand on their own, become self-sufficient and once they are able to support themselves and their families, they in turn voluntarily try to also help another poor neighbor, to give them the same opportunity that they themselves received from MQAN.
One good example are the 30 widows in Rwanda, victims of genocide, who were provided with 30 pigs. The pigs multiplied and provided them with many piglets. They sold some of the piglets and from the money they earned, they were able to provide for their families, food, clothing and education of their children and even health insurance for the family. After they were able to rise above poverty, they in turn each help another widow by giving them piglets. This way they too could work hard and be able to rise above poverty. There are many other examples like this.
Another example are the students who were assisted in their education. Once they graduated and land in a good job, they in turn took care of the education of their siblings and some even tried to help other needy students in their educational needs.
In these ways, the work of the Alliance multiplied by itself. Where can you find a non-profit where the fruits of their labor multiplies? This non-profit is truly one of a kind. Where can you find a non-profit where all its members supports their own organization by giving their own donations to help out instead of taking from the donations for payment of their work? Where can you find an organization where all of its members goes to Mass and Holy Communion frequently, majority even daily, the source of their strength? Where can you find an organization that is run with utmost honesty, transparency and integrity, with pure and genuine LOVE for God and the poor?
This organization has helped the poorest of the poor, the orphans, widows and widowers, including the lepers, the blind, the mentally and physically challenge people, those forgotten by society and brought Christ to them, letting them know that they have not been forgotten by God who loves them very much.
This is my 11th year as Volunteer Treasurer of Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance (MQAN).
Merla, Founder and Director, pays particular attention to “Donor Intent” - 100% of donations received goes to the Missions to help our poor brothers and sisters rise above poverty. Merla, herself, pays for all shipping expenses, postage, office supplies, items sent to the missions such as school supplies, basic necessities, etc. and all overhead expenses which are kept at a minimum in an effort to help as many people as possible.
Miraculously, donors, though few, are from different states who have heard from others about MQAN and Merla - or by reading her newsletters, accomplishment reports, or from word of mouth. Every donor receives a “Statement of Donations” each year, in January for Income Tax purposes. Accomplishment Reports are sent out annually and Newsletters periodically.
She personally tracks all funds sent to the missions. She has missionaries, both religious and lay, in charge of projects, who provide her with an accounting of funds received, progress reports and pictures of the projects. She keeps a record of all donations received, making Xerox copy of checks and cash, even coins that she received. Every penny is accounted for. You cannot be more transparent than this.
Letters of request from the missions are read and voted on by the Volunteer Board at monthly meetings. Our hope is for increased number of donors and increased donations, since our funds are so limited. We have missionaries waiting for funding for their requests for assistance. Merla believes in Self-Sufficiency, teaching and educating people to help themselves and teach others once they learn. She sends where the need is the greatest and can do the most good. Merla is still the biggest Donor to her own Mission. Every penny is used with great prudence. She would not waste any resources but would rather help our poor brothers and sisters with education, food, medicines, housing, self-sufficiency, etc. She touches the heart of the receiver – and also the giver - for it is in giving that we receive.
Merla, born with cerebral palsy, has cared for the needy as a young girl in the Philippines, continued throughout her college and career. When she came to the U.S. in 1966, she started a one-person ministry, using her own salary, trying to help the poor in every way and as much as she can, also to spread the devotion to the Holy Rosary and the Bible and her mission spread to 40 countries. Then in April 1984, she traveled all over India to attend to the ordination of the seminarian she assisted and to visit all the missionaries she was assisting. On Dec. 8, 1984, Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance (MQAN) was formed as a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3), recognized by the Federal and State governments and by the Catholic Church. Along with other Certificates, on her office wall, hangs a Medal and a Certificate, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, signed by Pope John Paul II, as a recognition of her Mission work, for the Church and the Pope. Also hangs on the wall is a Blessing from Pope John Paul II for Merla, for MQAN and for the members. She has knowledge of God which she blends into day-to-day existence. This year 2013, MQAN was selected to receive the Caritas Award.
Mary Queen of All Nations, pray for us.
The founder of this Missionary Alliance is a very honest person. She is like a living saint. She has been helping the poor in many countries all over the world for almost 30years. But she has been doing self ministry even before the Alliance started. I am so happy to be part of the such a humble and awesome non-profit group. I encourage everyone to support this Alliance. You may email the founder on this email address firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to learn more about Mary, Queen of All Nations Alliance.
It is my privilege to be involved with this organization for the past 5 years. 100% of the amount donated is spent on various self-sufficiency projects throughout the world. Indeed the organization truly reflects God's call to serve our poorest brethren.
Please consider donating to this charity. Your donation is much appreciated.