Sponsor a Sister in Guatemala Girlstown
Sisters of Mary Guatemala
Guatemala has one of the highest poverty rates in Latin America. Chronic malnutrition leading to stunted growth is common in children throughout the region. Nearly 50% of Guatemalans under the age of 18 are continuously undernourished. In addition to a lack of access to education, many children drop out of school to work and help their families, negatively affecting the ability of families to find productive employment to rise out of this poverty. Girls are especially vulnerable to the cycle of poverty due to their role in society. This stems from child marriage and the overwhelming growth of families. Families caught in this cycle are not equipped with the tools to plan and control their lives, but instead they must focus on surviving.
The Sisters of Mary help break this cycle by committing to children’s physical, educational, social, and spiritual well-being. Our donors’ support helps the Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children run Girlstown in Zona 13, Guatemala. Under the loving care of their Mother Sisters, these young women have the chance to escape poverty permanently and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities. They receive a safe place to live, full time care, a quality accredited education, technical training, access to medical and dental care, balanced nutrition, and unconditional motherly love from their Mother Sisters, helping them into an independent adult life and a productive future. The children live together, make friends, attend classes together, pray, and play together. They enjoy sports, music, and art, and share their lives with one another, forming friendship bonds that last them a lifetime. The Sisters also maintain a daycare center in Nimajuyu that provides toddlers ranging from 1 to 3 years of age with a safe place to play and learn while their parents are at work.
- Zone 13 Girlstown – Currently provides homes and education for over 900 students
- Day Care – The Sisters provide over 100 children of the poorest in the community daycare services while their parents are at work
- $39 FEEDS ONE CHILD FOR ONE MONTH
- $72 EDUCATES ONE CHILD FOR ONE MONTH
- $125 FULLY SPONSORS ONE CHILD FOR ONE MONTH
- $1,496 FULLY SPONSORS ONE CHILD FOR ONE YEAR
- $49,368 FULLY SPONSORS ONE FAMILY OF STUDENTS FOR ONE YEAR
Day in the Life of the Sisters of Mary
Day in the Life
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.