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 Ernesto



My name is Ernesto. My grandparents choose my name and I like it. I am a little tall and I live in Veracruz, a state located at the south of Mexico City.  

My mom, Reginalda is 39 years old. Unfortunately, my mom and my dad separated when I was just two years old. Then my mom went to the house of my grandfather Mauricio. For me, he is a father. Because of him and my mom I could grow strong and healthy, despite many difficulties we pass through without having a father.  

 I studied elementary in a public school where, seeing the effort of my grandpa and the hard work of my mother, I put my heart and mind in studies till I was one of the most outstanding in the region. 

One day, one of our cousins watched a video on the internet about the VILLA DE LOS NIÑOS. It was stated that was for people of low income who wanted to succeed in life. My mother thought that it would be a great opportunity for me. 

I wanted to accept such a chance, but first of all, I had to take an exam, when I took it I was very nervous, but I made it, and I worked very hard in the fields to be able to pay for the transportation. I dedicated all my strength and sacrificed my playing time to be able earn a little money. But sadly, the following month I have a very strong loss: My “father” (grandfather) died of kidney’s cancer on March 24, 2021. 

I considered myself a strong boy who can bear difficulties, but I cried a lot, and I did not want to leave my mom alone, I lost the appetite to study. But we had to make that sacrifice of being separated for a time because that was for my own good and the good of my family.  

I had the privilege to enter VILLA DE LOS NIÑOS and now I am in my second year of high school. I try my best to always being very cheerful. I am responsible, good friend, hardworking, honest. 

I want to become a military man and to put our country very high, I want to marry a nurse and I want to have triplets or twins, maybe twins as sons it is okay. I come from a big and united family, which is the one that is supporting me today and continues to support me to achieve my dreams.  

I hope that God willing someone else will support me until I can grow enough. Thank you for what you do for us.  


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.