Who we are and what we provide

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.

Meet Angie



My name is Angie. I was born in Tegucigalpa.  I am now 16 years old with a mother and a stepfather. I have my two younger siblings and each one of us has a different father. I do not have the chance to know who my real father is. My mother could not sustain my needs so she placed me in the orphanage from a very tender age until 5 years old.  

Upon my arrival at home, I was surprised with two things: my mother lived with a Nicaraguan man and I had a new younger sister. This man was really a bad man because he treated badly my mother like punching her, telling insulting words to her, making her work forcefully and they quarreled every now and then. He was also an alcoholic. I had a great fear during the night because he started to approached and touch me lustfully. One time, he asked me to sleep with a dog in the street and so I escaped and went to the house of my grandmother. Finally, they encountered me in my grandmother´s house. I never spoke about this matter to my mother because he treated me that if I´ll tell my mother, he would kill her. At the age of 7, I  revealed this  to my mother and grandmother that I was abused by him. My mother separated from him. From that time on, I looked at myself as a dirty girl and I had a desire to kill myself. I had a psychological treatment but it did not bring to good. I had tried always to have good grades even at times we received classes in tents. I had always this bad luck because the boys always following me until one time my cousin wanted to abuse me but was not able to do it. 

My mother found out that there is a school named “The Sisters of Mary School Girlstown” and thought that this was a blessing for me to be able to study. I took the entrance examination in this school and I passed. On the first day of staying here in the school, I just could not imagine how big the school was and I was filled with much joy. I was thinking that all the people around me like the girls and the sisters were fantasies. Yes, it was hard for me to live in this type of living but I did it. I am now a graduating student.  

Here in the Girlstown, I am learning academically and spiritually. The thing that I liked the most here is the sisters that in reality, they dedicate themselves in protecting us, giving much priority in their roles as mother and they are very good, they are listening when we want to tell them something and give their service totally to us.  

I am still undecided on what I want in the future. These three things are on my mind namely: Agribusiness Engineering, Medicine and Foreign Languages. I`ll do my best each day to be able to learn more. 

I gave thanks to our benefactors because lots of girls like me can also pursuit studying, not only this can have a good accommodation in comparison with the life before entering here. In reality, you are a great blessing from God to us. Rest assured always of our constant prayers. May God bless you all.

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.