Our Students and Graduates

The ripple effect of education.

World Villages for Children has a close relationship with the local communities in each of the countries where it operates. Working in line with the UN policy of Sustainable Development Goals and the principles of economic development from DFID, the Sisters of Mary 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.

The impact of our programs as told by Sister Zeny.

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. This results in the improved circumstances of their siblings and immediate family within the local community.  Our children will invest in healthcare and education access for many of their siblings and sometimes the children of those children. The humanitarian impact of your donation is thus multiplied many times over.

In 2016, more than 370 Sisters of Mary cared for more than 20,000 children in villages in six countries:



2016 enrollment

S. Korea


435 boys & girls



594 boys & girls

66 toddlers, 40 babies

The Philippines


3,507 girls



2,094 boys



3,198 girls



2,218 boys




2,968 girls

108 toddlers


1,988 boys



Zona 13

867 girls


Zona 6

1,050 boys


Zona 21


117 toddlers


Sta Maria

775 girls

80 toddlers

Sao Bernardo


144 toddlers



712 girls



(construction in progress)



 20,406 boys & girls + 555 young children


In the Philippines, Guatemala, South Korea and Brazil, the Sisters of Mary also operate medical clinics and hospitals where they care for sick people and children who are too poor to have access to urgently needed medical care.

Be sure to download and review our detailed 2016 accomplishment report.

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, more than 150,000 graduates have received an education through the Sisters of Mary, and thanks to the support of our generous benefactors.


A long-term study in partnership with the Sisters of Mary alumni associations.


World Villages for Children is in the process of developing formal evaluation systems that are appropriate to our work to measure and quantify our programmes, their outcomes and impact. This will guide program development and improvement and help us to secure funding for the future.