The Sisters Of Mary

The Sisters of Mary are devoted to helping the poorest of the poor in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The religious order was founded by Aloysius Schwartz, the priest of the poor. The Sisters have been operating charitable programs for more than fifty years serving children with the greatest need who have the greatest potential. In 6 countries there are 400 Sisters of Mary caring for over 21,000 children with the mission of helping them break free from a life of poverty. This is one day in the life of a Sister.

Your Support Provides

  • Hope.
  • Clean water.
  • Medical care.
  • Dental care.
  • Three nutritious meals a day.
  • A safe place to live and study.
  • Clothing and school materials.
  • Help to break the cycle of poverty.
  • Spiritual, physical, and emotional care.
  • Vocational training tailored to local industries.
  • Protection from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • Opportunities to participate in sports, music, and art.
  • Spiritual, social, and academic formation and guidance.
  • Education for students that leads to careers or college.

You Will Receive

  • A welcome package with information on your selected Mother Sister.
  • Information about the situation of the country in which she is serving.
  • Biographies from a few of the children cared for by the Sisters.
  • The peace of knowing you are being remembered daily in prayer.
  • Opportunity to share your prayer intentions with the Sisters and children. 
  • Continuing engagement in serving the poor and changing lives.
  • Mission and pilgrimage visits can be arranged to select locations.
  • Opportunities to send notes of encouragement to the Sisters and children. 
  • Periodic updates from the Sisters of Mary.

 *Please note: 

  • The Sisters love receiving notes, but as you can understand, it is often difficult for them to write back directly because of their commitment to caring for so many children.
  • In accordance with our child protection policy, all communications go through the WVC office in the U.S. (personal contact information will be redacted).

Sponsor Sr. Bernadeth



Hello! I’m Sr. Bernadeth Salvador. I currently serve at the Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children, Girlstown in Kisarawe, Tanzania – near Dar es Salaam. Before I came here, I was a Mother Sister in Girlstown in Cebu, Philippines. In Kisarawe, we care for almost 800  girls. 

I grew up in Agdangan, Quezon, Philippines. My life was filled with challenges that make it easy for me to connect with the children I now care for.  I am the third of seven children, and all my siblings are boys. My dad fished and farmed, while my mom also farmed and sold fish. My family was very poor, and normally, all we had to eat was rice with some salt or oil. Every year, we would experience typhoons that would threaten our home, and there were times when the waves and winds destroyed our house. During those times, my family and I would seek shelter in the church, sharing the space with many others in our community. My childhood was marked by hardships, often celebrating birthdays with only rice. We lacked many things, from toys to clothes, but through it all, I found happiness in the presence of my family. Despite our circumstances, I remained grateful, always thanking God for the gift of life and my siblings and parents. 

Each day, I spend my time praying, helping and serving the children, and doing activities with our students.  I try my best to fulfill my promise to God. I’m hardworking, and I love to pray. My favorite aspect of being a Sister of Mary is the time I get to pray and the joy of fulfilling our responsibilities alongside my fellow Sisters.

Many thanks for sponsoring me and my spiritual children!

Learn more about the children

The children at our schools come from the poorest of the poor. Each child has their own stories of what their life was before coming to our schools and how their lives are being transformed by the Sisters of Mary programs.  Read the moving stories of our children in their own words. 

Meet Our Graduates

There are 160,000+  graduates from the Sisters of Mary Schools. Many of our graduates went on to live prosperous lives, helping their families and local communities. Read the inspiring stories of our graduates in their own words. 

Life At Our Villages

Learn more about how we help children break free from a life of poverty.