MARIQUITA S. YEUNG always had a dream, to share her blessings with the poor. Having lived in a climate of sharing, inspired by her late father, Martin Salimbangon, Mariquita grew up with the gift of a giving, believing that each person blessed in life has an obligation to return a part of that blessing to the world. Motivated by her desire to help, Mariquita gathered friends and relatives who shared the same vision and formulated the MSY Charitable Foundation, Inc. in 1991.
The Foundation’s initial priority was to address the need for Health services in Cebu’s most depressed areas. MSYCFI constructed health centers in these areas enabling them to use these centers to carry out various health services that were easily accessible to the underprivileged. MSYCFI then moved into making Education more available by adopting schools, granting scholarships, and building learning centers in the hope to liberate as well as empower those who have been socially neglected.
The MSY Charitable Foundation, Inc. has been able to function effectively with the help of volunteers (both medical and otherwise), other NGOs, public and private agencies because of transparency and accountability, which are essential to assure donors that precious resources go to the right recipients.