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 Herika



Hello! My name is Herika, I am 13 years old. When I was born my mother, didn´t have the condition to rear me because my father left her. My grandparents have taken care of me since birth. They also have a poor living condition. My grandfather is a fisherman and my grandmother is a fish vendor. Life is not easy at home. They are now getting old, so I helped in the household chores. I have a big dream. I want to be Marine soldier and I want to help my grandparents to get out from poverty. Because of the pandemic, I was not able to study. When the sisters came to our town I was so excited and I promised to myself that I would really do my best in order to get the scholarship. I know I would be apart from my family but I see that though a unique opportunity I would have a bright future. I took the test and luckily, I passed. Now, I am studying hard. I am so happy with my new home. I thank God for giving such a grace. The sisters are very good and our benefactors are goodhearted people. I thank you with all my heart. I pray to God that He may continue to bless and you safe always especially from Covid-19. Thank you so much!

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.