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. Carina



Hello, I am Sister Carina. I currently serve as a Mother Sister at the Sisters of Mary World Villages Children Boystown Villa de Los Niños in Guadalajara, Mexico. Here we care for 2,000 boys.

I am from Guerrero, Mexico, and I am a proud graduate of the Sisters of Mary Girlstown Villa de las Niñas in Chalco, Mexico. It was as a student that I found my vocation. I was attracted by the work the Sisters, who were also our mothers, did for us. The spiritual activities they shared with us gave meaning to my life and filled the void that I was feeling inside me. After graduation, I decided to join the Sisters of Mary.

As a Mother Sister, I am touched by the kindness and affection of the children. Although my day is spent between service to the children, prayer, and other responsibilities that I have, I have learned over time to do everything with a sense of offering and above all, with love. With time and experience as a religious Sister, I understand that when everything is done with love and dedication, one does not get tired.

I pray that each child in our schools, particularly those under my care, fosters the seeds of hope and perseverance as they grow, that they realize that they are capable of everything they want to do and that they know they can achieve their dreams with God in their lives. I offer God my prayers every day for them.

I always thank God that there are generous people in the world who are willing to participate in our mission to serve and give hope for a better life to the poor young boys and girls in our schools. Without you, this mission will not be possible. Thank you!

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.