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 Daily


Zona 13

My name is Daily. My siblings due to limited resources could not study. When I was six years old I entered the school in pre-primary I was very excited to learn new things. Studying for me was a motivation. The years passed until I reached sixth grade. Never I stopped helping my family because we are poor, my parents could no longer give me the study. Since I was little I did jobs which are: selling vegetables from house to house. A day I earned 35nquetzales, my father likes to drink alcohol. One day my mother and he told me that he could no longer give me the study. I was very sad because my dream is to become a policeman.

One day I went to church, there I heard the announcement that there was a school called “villa de los niños” that helped young people who wanted to continue. The first requirement is to take an exam to be able to enter the institution. When I heard the notice I was happy. I commented and asked my mom for permission to take the exam she accepted. I took the exam by video call. I spent a few days, then I called to ask if I had won the exam and the answer was yes, I was very excited and I thanked God for the opportunity and now that I am here I am fighting to improve my studies and I am also asking God for wisdom and I know that only with his help I will be able to achieve it.

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.