Mercy Action Marianas, Ltd., or MAML is one of the community’s sponsored ministries incorporated on March 27, 2002. Unlike the other two sponsored ministries, MAML is not an ongoing activity. Its’ Mission Statement reads:
Mercy Action Action Marianas, Ltd. (MAML) is established to ensure the continuance of the ministries of the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina in the Region of Guam. MAML exists to support the works of Mercy that will foster human dignity, help finance the education of students seeking a Catholic education and provide for the quality of life of the aging and infirmed Sisters of Mercy.
The three-fold goals of MAML are Education, Support for economically poor persons/families, and Assistance with the needs of the aged/infirmed Sisters.
Our 501 C(3) not-for-profit organization has conducted two fundraisers for the Tuition Assistance Program (T.A.P.) to raise funds for “scholarships.” A major benefit dinner was held in November 2003 which included a video presentation of “Mercy graduates.” In October 2005, MAML sponsored a play on Dorothy Day, Catholic social activist in the mid-1900′s, entitled “Haunted by God” featuring Lisa Wagner. In both events, grants were awarded to students in our Mercy-administered schools and Saramen Chuuk Academy, where our Sisters have ministered since 1995.
In addition to the major fundraisers, MAML has started another ongoing fundraiser, the sale of hand-carved wooden Mercy crosses manufactured in the Philippines. The projects started the summer of 2005 and is ongoing. After two cycles of the T.A.P. grants, MAML will work to raise additional funds before resuming the program. Although the initial focus has been on education /scholarships, the board has contributed to the Mercy region for the needs of the “retired / infirmed” Sisters in the Mercy Care Center.