Changes are coming!

Oct 1, 2021


We are happy to announce that in the upcoming months, you will begin to see changes to the look and expression of our organization.

As our new logo shows, we’re bringing to the foreground the heart of our work – Sisters of Mary – to better reflect who we are and what we do.

The Sisters of Mary, and you as our supporters, are truly the lifeblood of our organization. Our new logo echoes the frontline workers, the Sisters, in our mission of working with you to practice charity to the poor by helping thousands of vulnerable children. This new logo will better honor their work in helping children break free from a life of poverty.

The logo mark is changing as well. This mark is the international symbol of the Sisters of Mary at all of the Boystowns and Girlstowns around the world. The mark represents the work of the Sisters of Mary – beckoning and wrapping their arms around each child. It is representative of the Virgin of the Poor, the inspiration for the Sister, who in an apparition to Mariette Beco in Banneux, Belgium in 1933, said “I come to alleviate sufferings.” Like the Virgin of the Poor, the Sisters of Mary welcome each child in poverty, saying, “Believe in me and I will believe in you. Pray very much.”

Our office in the United States provides the fundraising mission support for the Sisters of Mary and their work in Asia, Latin America and Africa. After 60 years of fundraising, it is our aim to provide better clarity to our donors, partners, and spiritual benefactors.

Originally founded in 1961 as Korean Relief by Venerable Aloysius Schwartz (affectionately known as Fr. Al), our organization has grown significantly. Eventually expanding to the Philippines, the name of the organization expanded as well to Asian Relief, Inc., and later became World Villages for Children (in light of growth into Mexico, Latin America and now Africa).

Since 1964, the Sisters of Mary have undertaken responsibility for the poverty relief work inspired by Fr. Al. Honoring and highlighting the direct care the Sisters provide to serve the poorest of the poor is meaningful for all our communications.

Thank you for collaborating with us in this vital work of practicing charity to the poor and for supporting vulnerable children through the Sisters of Mary.