Our Programs in Guatemala
The Sisters of Mary officially started operations in Guatemala in 1997.
In 1996, His Excellency Most Reverend Prospero Penados, Archbishop of Guatemala City, and Guatemalan President, Alvaro Arzu, invited the Sisters of Mary to establish a charity program similar to the one they had heard about in Mexico.
In 1997, the Sisters opened a medical and dental clinic in Guatemala City, Zone 13. The facilities are equipped with X-ray machines and laboratory apparatus in order to serve those with no means to seek medical care elsewhere. Consultation, laboratory tests, and medications are given totally free of charge, though most patients contribute a small, symbolic fee.
On the same site, in 1998, the Sisters accepted the first group of students — boys and girls — at the newly constructed Children’s Village. Two years later, the boys were transferred to a new Boystown site in Zone 6.
Thanks to the recent expansion of our Boystown, it can now accommodate 1,100 young boys.
Lastly, in 2008, the Daycare and Women’s Training Center were built to serve poor toddlers and accommodate the professional training of single mothers.
Guatemala City Zone 6 Facility Overview:
- 1 three story building with classrooms and dormitories for boys
- 1 two-story building with indoor gymnasium and workshop for vocational training
- 1 automechanics workshop
- 1 four-story building for an intensive high school
- 1 library, electronics workshop and auditorium building
- 2 football courts
- 1 sewage treatment plant
Villa de los Niños, Guatemala City
16 Av. Final 22-99, Zona 6
Los Cipresales. 01006 Guatemala, C. A.
Capacity: 1,100 students
Opened in 1998
Regular classes include computer, English, litterature, social studies, maths, chemistry, physics, biology, arts, music, Christian living, and physical education (PE). PE is particularly important to our students and choices include soccer, basketball, handball, track and field, beach volleyball and marching band.
In addition to these classes, high school students also study philosophy, ethics and accounting.
In their last two years of study, our students choose one of three professional training majors – welding and electricty, auto mechanic, and computer science. This vocation training ensures that our boys can secure employment immediately after graduation.
Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:45pm. Additional technical training is provided to our high school students on weekends, such as computer hardware servicing.