Our Programs in Brazil
In 2000, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Falcao invited the Sisters of Mary to establish a house in his archdiocese in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2001, the Sisters of Mary accepted the land offered for them in the city of Sta. Maria, Distrito Federal, and the groundbreaking ceremony followed shortly after.
In March 2002, the construction of a 2-story building was completed. The medical clinic occupied the ground floor, while the second floor was temporarily used as dormitories and classrooms for the newly accepted young girls. Our medical clinic now serves 50-75 patients daily.
A 7-story building dedicated to the girls education program was blessed on October 7, 2003, and the Girlstown currently provides primary education from grade 6 to 9 to young girls aged 12-18 years old; girls coming from the poorest of poor families thoughout Brazil.
On July 1, 2004, the sisters opened a Day Care Center where children aged 3-5 years old are being taken care of by the Sisters while their mothers are at work. The Center welcomes children from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Brasilia facility Overview
- 1 two-story medical and dental clinic
- 1 seven-story residential and classroom building
- 1 three-story vocational training workshop
- 1 gymnasium with stage
- 1 semi-Olympic size indoor swimming pool
- 1 soccer field
- 1 day care center (capacity for over 60 toddlers)
- 1 sewing workshop with vehicle garage
- 2 basketball courts
Irmas de Maria / Vila das Criancas – Brasilia
Caixa Postal: 005739 / AC Gama-DF
N.R. Alagados, Chacara 13-B
Santa Maria DF, Brasilia, Brazil
Opened in 2002