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 Cristina



My name is Christina. I am 15 years old.  I come from Dodoma. I am the second born of 5 children of a very poor family. I was abandoned by my parents when I was 5 years old due to a very bad condition. We are not having food in the table and permanent place to live in. Until then my life was very difficult. I do not know where to go. Somebody took care of me who is not my relative. She takes pity on me for I was roaming around in the dark.  I was taken by the Collegine Sisters Congregation to study primary school until I finished Standard-seven.  

When I enter the Sisters of Mary I was impress by how they are living. By the way they pray, eating using spoon and fork. And the joyful life inside because outside we can only eat once a day. I really like most especially the environment which is very nice. We have good buildings and supportive environment which make me to study well. We have books, notebooks, pens  and complete uniform . By this experience I was able to create big dreams and worked hard for my future. I would like to be an aeroplane engineer. I want to fly planes and to travel  around the world. I will use the knowledge that I learn from the Sisters of Mary in order to be successful and to face the challenges of the real world. 

Thank you so much for your generosity without your help I could not be the person I am now.  I am now a woman with great ambition. I will pray that God will give you more blessings  that you may inspire other children like me to have dreams also.

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.