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In 2005, the Home of Love (also known as the My Bonita Home for Girls) opened its doors to women and children rescued from the dens of sexual exploitations and prostitutions. The Mary Queen of Heaven nuns began their mission caring to twenty-five rescued victims, mostly from the underprivileged members of society. In a few years, the numbers doubled to fifty, and has continued to increase over the years.
With the caring home celebrating its 20th year, the goal is to expand the facilities and to accommodate over two hundred young women and children, who, without the Home of Love facility, would remain in darkness and all will be totally lost. The MQHM have cared for hundreds of victims, with 93% rehabilitated and reintegrated back in their communities to pursue productive lives.
The facility offers temporary shelter, spiritual formation, basic healthcare, and rehabilitation services to help the vulnerable escape from their nightmare and start anew. See list of programs below.
The cost to care for a resident is $100 per month.
The women and children who are victims of sexual trafficking all cry for help. The MQHM could be the only hope that stands between a complete ruin (or even death), and a new life.
Hear the cry of the victims of sexual exploitations.
“Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of
others. Step forward, reach out and help.”
- Temporary Shelter
- Basic Health Care, Food and Nutrition
- Maternity and Medical Assistance
- Psychological Therapy and Counseling
- Recreational Activities
- Spiritual Formation
- Educational Assistance
- Livelihood & Skills Training, like Baking, Sewing, Cooking & Catering, Candle-Making, and Others
- Child Care for Young Mothers with Children During Rehabilitation
“Truly I tell you , whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
— Matthew 25: 40
HISTORY OF MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN MISSIONARIES
In 1996, Corazon J. Salazar, along with her six friends, embarked on a mission to rescue young girls and women from the dens of prostitution in the Red-Light District of Manila. Four years later, His Eminence, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu, formally established the Institute of Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries (MQHM) as a Catholic Association of the faithful, giving his full support and fatherly guidance. On August 22, 2003, he canonically erected it as a Public Association of the Faithful, with Sr. Ma. Corazon Salazar, MQHM as Mother Foundress.
Over the years, the MQHM has continued to become a beacon of hope to many victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking in the Philippines by embracing lost souls and welcoming them in their Home of Love shelters. At the same time, providing free educational opportunities to underserved communities in various part of the country through their Regina Coeli Education Program.
"If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you."
– St. Thomas of Villanova
In 2021, the MQHM celebrates her 25 years, with renewed enthusiasm and hope as they continue to bring their vision “to bring back God’s fallen and unfortunate children to His fold through our expression of the loving compassion of Jesus, especially to the outcasts of society.”
Since her humble beginnings in the streets of Manila, the MQHM has expanded her reach in twenty-five provinces, operating two shelters for women and children, and has served almost eight thousand educational beneficiaries, with 934 graduates in School Year 2020-2021.
The band of sisters have changed thousands of lives through the generosity of countless global supporters and benefactors, like you, who unselfishly heed the call to be the “wings that enables the mission to continue to serve our brothers and sisters God has entrusted to the group, and to bring them back to Jesus and His abundant love.”
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.”
— Margaret Mead
Despite of the mission’s success for a quarter of a century, more young girls and women continue to remain vulnerable and falling victims to sexual exploitations. True that the MQHM may not completely solve all the social ills brought about by impoverishment, nor one person plucked from the mire of destitution change the world—maybe not the whole world, but their world.
See below for list of programs.
As the MQHM marches on for the next 25 years doing God’s work, we invite you to join our mission and “become part of something bigger than yourself; something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
— John Bunyan
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