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 Cintia



My name is Cintia and I was born at the State of Mexico. I am the eldest among 3 siblings. I am from a poor family. When I was in a very young age, I often witnessed the aggression of my father towards my mother. Often times I saw my father hitting my mother; until one day he decided to abandon the whole family. My mother works in the field daily. I always wanted to help her, so I wanted to have education in order find a good job later on. That is the main reason why I decided to come and study here in “Villa de las NIñas”. Honestly I have difficulty in speaking in Spanish, but I am trying my best to be good every day. I wanted to give example to my younger brothers and Sisters, that one day I can be of help for them. 

I am very thankful to the Sisters because they accepted me in this wonderful place, a real home for all. It is a great opportunity for me to continue with my studies and have a brighter future. Now I am learning how to use a sewing machine, and for the first time working with a computer. I am also learning how to draw and different activities like dancing.  

I am grateful to my Sister-in-charge. She is very graceful and joyful. She always tries to help us every time we are in need. And also, I am grateful with my dorm mates and classmates. They are really willing to help me understand things that I couldn’t during classes, also they are very willing to help me understand my home works. They always encourage me. 

I would like to be better in my studies so that in the future I could be a good teacher, helping in educating the poor, as I am receiving now. 

I would like to thank our benefactors for the financial and spiritual support that we are receiving here at Villa de las niñas. I always include in my prayer intentions their good health and their other necessities.

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.