Our Impact and Graduates
The ripple effect of education
Meet Our Graduates
World Villages for Children has a close relationship with the local communities in each of the countries where it operates. Our programs focus on the objectives of reducing child poverty, improving health, educational attainment and progress into employment and our work facilitates grass roots change in poverty levels within the local communities. Case study examples from our graduates demonstrates the impact of your donation when the enhanced employment and earning prospects of our children results directly in their ability to care for their families.
Boystown Silang, Class of 1992
I was accepted to the Sisters of Mary Boystown in 1988 and spent 4 years of high school there. Around three years was spent at the Manila campus until Boystown was moved to Silang, Cavite in 1990 or 1991. I belonged to the third batch of graduates, but our batch was the pioneer graduates of the Biga, Silang, Cavite campus in 1992.
I would say that I, together with all the poor children there, was provided with a quality education that I would not have had if I did not take the chance to go to Boystown. More than the secondary education, I would also say with conviction that Boystown molded my spiritual and moral well-being. The time that I spent inside Boystown was crucial because those were my formative years, and that learning had a long-term effect on me as a person and as a professional. I can say that my spiritual foundation is as strong as Father Al would want to have from all his children.
I am never ashamed to say that I was once a poor child materially and spiritually. I have been blessed so much that I have a good life at present. I have my own family now and live in our house in Quezon City, Philippines. I married in 2006 and have two children, aged 9 and 13. I am presently a government official, serving as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Justice (DOJ). I have traveled around the world and met a lot of important people for my work. I have been with the DOJ for twenty years now. Free time is spent with family watching movies or shows, or singing, in the comfort of our home, especially at this time of the pandemic.
Girlstown Talisay, Class of 2007
Girlstown Manilla (now Biga), Class of 1999
I come from a very poor farming family outside of Manilla in the Philippines. I lost my mom when I was 12 years old, lost my dad when I was 13. The Sisters of Mary took me in. They didn’t just transform my life; they were my life. They provided me with everything necessary to live a life with dignity! After 4 years of being raised and educated by the Sisters of Mary, I was able to attend a very good local university on a full scholarship. I studied information technology and was offered a good paying job, but I made a promise to myself that once I graduated, I would serve the Sisters in return for all they’ve done for me.
I’ve been working with the Sisters for the past fifteen years. What drives me every day is the thought that I am a part of something bigger than myself, and that is so fulfilling!
Patricia Rodriguez Sanchez
A Graduate's Success Story
Our graduates are the result of our relentless dedication to the poorest of the poor, and our commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty. To date, about 150,000 graduates have received an education through the Sisters of Mary, and thanks to the support of our generous benefactors.
A graduate from the Philippines creates her own video to share her story of how education through The Sisters of Mary has transformed her life.