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. Yadira



I am Sister Yadira. I serve as a Mother Sister at Girlstown, Villa de las Niñas in Chalco, Mexico where we care for almost 3,500 girls. I am a proud graduate of this great program and have served as a Sister of Mary since 2009.

I was born to a simple, poor family in Mexico. As a student at Girlstown, I realized that God was calling me to serve him. When coming as a student, I made new friends very quickly and my homesickness passed. The joy of the sisters in their service made me feel good, like in a real family. I liked to study but I really enjoyed the time we had together as a spiritual family because I could clear my mind. I could learn from my fellow students and new friends. I feel very happy to be able to help other young girls feel loved and at home as a Mother Sister for the Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children.

Our Boystowns and Girlstowns are both a home and a school, therefore we Mother Sisters take on the role of a spiritual mother. Above all, we try to give each child direct service based on love because Christ Jesus is in each one of them. It is very nice to live with the children because we share their joy, enthusiasm, and optimism even though many of them have very difficult pasts.

Father Al said, “Serving the poor in the name of Christ is not a joke. It is not playing games. It means constant pain, discomfort, suffering, and sacrifice. In a word, it is the Cross.” But when that Cross is carried with love after the example of Jesus and Father Al, it does not become heavy. I feel very grateful to the Blessed Virgin of the Poor who guided Father Al to dedicate his priesthood to the poor, and for the beautiful vocation that he inspired me to pursue. I am sure that I am on the right path. I feel driven by God to overcome my small daily difficulties and to give more of myself to my spiritual children. Each day I do my best to support the children and reinforce their moral values ​​to guide them to God.

I thank all the people who support us financially because, without your support, we could not serve the poor. You are the reason we can continue to fulfill Father Al’s vision of serving the poor. 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.