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 Eduardo



My name is Eduardo.  I am from the state of Zacatecas.

My life began in Zacatecas, that place gave me joy; I had many goals: since I was 4 years old, and I wanted to be just like my father. I loved him so much, but somebody killed him when I was 4 years old.  

At the age of 7 years old my mother told me: I had no money to supply the house.  When there was nowhere to eat my mother had to borrow money and it was not enough for her 7 children. So, I spent all my time working with my other 2 brothers. 

When I was 10 years old my mother told me that she found a chance for me to study, because she was sad that sometimes I would go three days without eating to be able to give to my sisters, my brothers and I had to bring money to the house to have something to eat.  

The chance of what my mother talked about arrived when I was 11 years old. A bus arrived in my town, with 4 sisters, they interviewed 2 of my sisters and myself, they were not accepted in the school, but I had the opportunity to pass. My mother told me to try hard because if not all the sacrifice I had made would be in vain. 

I arrived on August 1st. Previous to that, my mother was in a hurry with the ticket, she did everything possible to be able to get the bus ticket. When we arrived here, my mother told me that I had to do my best, I had promised my mother that I would do everything possible to be able to go back home successful.  

As time passed it was difficult to be without her, every time I turned to the window, I remembered everything she told me, and I try hard and push myself to study and succeed. I went for vacation on December, but I wanted to go back to the school and continue. The problem was that passing the days I did not get money to return, together with my brothers and sisters we worked and were able to raise money for the transportation fee. At first, they insisted me not to go back because it was too much to spend. But I knew that if I lose this chance, I will never have another like that again.  

In February I was at boystown school when something happened to the house where my sisters lived with my stepfather, it was shot at by orders of a cartel, the week after, I received a letter not to return because we do not know what is going to happen. Time went by and in July when I arrived, I saw that my mother and stepfather were not there, they left me a written note saying, “we will return in 3 months”, in December they came back to my house and they told me what had happened was not for them, but for the neighbors. 

I was able to return to the school on February 29, 2023, I received a letter saying, “we are better off here what happened is in the past, on May 6 we are going to visit you I hope you are well”. 

I am anxious to see my family again on next visiting day and I pray to God that my family can have one more chance to live in peace. Meantime I am doing my best to go back home successful and strong, as I’ve promised.  

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.