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International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate the courage and dedication of the Sisters of Mary in supporting children living in poverty around the world. Founded by Father Al in 1964, who committed himself to taking care of children living in poverty and using education to empower these children, the Sisters of Mary carry on this […]

Christmas Joy in Our Villages

This Christmas season, we are thankful for all our students, graduates, and especially our supporters, without whom these celebrations would not be possible. In the words of one of our students, “Thank you for sincerely loving us, even if we don’t have any connection. We are not brother or sister. You are not my cousin, […]

5 Tiny Homes Around the World

The “tiny home” movement has attracted a lot of attention in North America. People are looking for a simpler way of life and realizing that they might be happy with less. But small homes are not new. Only in recent history have people begun living in large accommodations. In fact, millions of people around the […]

Distinguished Guests at our Girlstown in the Philippines

Our Girlstown in Silang, Cavite, Philippines recently had the great honor of hosting US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez! One of the most noted aspects of the visit? Our students’ composure and poise. Throughout an article published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, attention […]

Finding Grace in Girlstown

Something was definitely missing when US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez visited Girlstown in Silang, Cavite, in October. The visit was much anticipated and everything was in place — except for, well, the sense of giddy excitement common among listless teens, the scurrying […]

News From The Children, Issue 3

VISITING DAY – A SPECIAL REUNION Like all children who have experienced boarding school, our middle school and high school students long to reunite with their families after months of studies. And so, every year, our boys and girls look forward to their annual holidays, but also to the spring gathering during which families come […]

An update from our children in Mexico following the earthquake

  Much to our relief, the recent earthquakes that rattled Mexico did not cause any personal injury to any of our students, sisters and staff. But because our Girlstown in Chalco is located just outside Mexico City, our facilities there sustained some important material damages following the September 19 earthquake. Our other village in Guadalajara […]

Mass at St. Andrew Apostle will honor Father Al

On Sept. 16, people from all over the world will gather at St. Andrew Apostle Parish in Silver Spring for a 5 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The Mass, hosted by World Villages for Children and the Sisters of Mary, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz’s death, the 60th anniversary […]

2017 Birthday Celebrations

  We are delighted to share a few photos from our children’s birthday celebrations held on 15th August at our villages around the world. Thank you so much for all your support in making our children’s birthdays so memorable and for your lovely messages on the day. Our children had a really wonderful birthday. With […]

Nivea 2017 “Young Business Talent” Competition in Mexico

  We think you will be very proud of our senior girls from our Girlstown in Chalco (Villa de los Niños) who took part in the Nivea 2017 “Young Business Talent” competition that aims to promote business talent and entrepreneurship amongst secondary school students in the region. The competition encourages senior school children to maximize […]

September Mass Planned to Honor Venerable Monsignor Aloysius Schwartz

SEPTEMBER MASS PLANNED TO HONOR FATHER ALOYSIUS SCHWARTZ For Immediate Release July 12, 2017, Annapolis, Md. – World Villages for Children and the Sisters of Mary will host a commemorative Mass to honor their founder, Venerable Monsignor Aloysius Schwartz (1930-1992). The Mass will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 5 p.m. and will be […]

News From The Children, Issue 2

HONDURAS WELCOMES NEW BOYS With your generosity and support, on January 31, 2017, we were delighted to receive the first 250 children at our new Boystown – Villa de los Niños in Spanish – in Amarateca, Honduras. Our newest children have come from all over Honduras, with nothing more than a plastic bag full of […]

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Happy Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS! Today, more than 20,000 children worldwide celebrated their birthdays. With the support of our donors, every one of our children was able to receive a gift. These consist of practical items – clothes, hygiene items, or clothes – and one fun item, such as a piece of chocolate. […]

Visiting Day 2018

A SPECIAL FAMILY DAY This year, 2,923 parents, siblings, and relatives came to spend the day at our Girlstown in Tegucigalpa. Visitors arrive as early as 4:00 in the morning because of the distance they need to travel to reach Girlstown! Families attend Holy Mass, the children prepare songs and dances, and everyone shares an […]

Prayers for Children in Poverty

SAFETY Too often, poverty is associated with risk and vulnerability. Violence, insecure housing, and inconsistent nutrition and health are frequently realities for our children. We pray that all children can be protected from these cruel realities. BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE AFRAID OR TERRIFIED BECAUSE OF THEM, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD GOES […]

This School Healed the Paralysis in My Soul

When Jerald was in 4th grade, his father had an accident that prevented him from continuing to work. Overnight, his life and those of his family members changed. His brothers were forced to leave school in order to help support their family and care for their father. One sibling worked in a bus terminal. Jerald […]

World Villages in Tanzania

  NEW MISSION IN TANZANIA World Villages for Children is expanding! The Sisters have been invited to Tanzania to bring their programs to one of the world’s poorest economies. Child malnutrition accounts for over a third of under-five deaths in Tanzania and substantial numbers of children are living in desperate conditions. Many children drop out […]

Our graduates are able to change the fortunes of generations of their families.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES! When any child graduates from school it’s a big day. In 2018, over 3,000 of our children will graduate from our Sisters of Mary schools, start work and begin their new independent lives. These children are just a few of those that you have helped with your kindness and who will […]

We’re Grateful for These 4 People

We have a lot to be grateful for at World Villages for Children! We are particularly happy to be working with these amazing four groups of people.   THE STAFF Our staff spends hours helping with homework, ensuring students have healthy meals, and maintaining the school. They commit fully to the growth of our children. […]

Dispatch from the Philippines

OUR PROGRAMS IN THE PHILIPPINES Our four schools in the Philippines form a large part of the work of the Sisters. There, childhood poverty levels are still at an alarming level due to persistent inequality of income and low educational attainment. This leads to poor employment opportunities for those who are fit to work, particularly […]

An Interview With Sister Michaela

SISTER MICHAELA TALKING ABOUT THE WORK OF FATHER AL AND THE SISTERS OF MARY, NOVEMBER 2017 Sister Michaela spoke at great length about her experience of working with Father Al to establish the programs of the Sisters of Mary, starting in South Korea and then extending to the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and most recently […]

Pilgrims witness the Tilma and the work of the Sisters of Mary

In the nearly 500 years since Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to St. Juan Diego neither her message nor the image she left on his cloak have diminished. Similarly, pilgrims who visit the shrine and our Girlstown say that the experience has left an enduring mark on their hearts. The connection between the miracle of […]

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