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 Jenny



I’m Jenny, I am now in Gr. 12 and finally will join the working force after graduation or continue studying in college. I am one of the thousands of youths that enjoy the opportunities offered at Girlstown— but before studying at this boarding school, I found   life was hard, a struggle.   

Life is indeed hard; life is indeed a struggle. My mother died when I was so young, my father was just a farmer trying to earn by selling abaca and planting palay — but that cannot give us a comfortable life —-Our house, oh its not fitted to be called a house, we had no bathroom, any facilities, no proper shelter—- when I felt the call of nature, I ran to the river and pretended that I was enjoying the cool water.  

We did not have any appliances too: no TV, no lights, no electric fan, as in nothing, not even electricity. This inconvenience had given me the hard time with my studies since papa enrolled me in school. See how hard it would be to study under the poor light of the lamp and candles. 

At Girlstown, I started enjoying my personal belongings: from the beddings, towels and other necessities. Above all, at Girlstown food is always sufficient for us. During my elementary life, I went to school without any allowance for my snack and lunch. I experienced to have just a cup of water   to   nourish me. There were times when I was just pretending to wait,   waiting until they offered me a meal. To avoid this embarrassing situation, I started   doing some  jobs to support my needs. These included selling of ice candies, harvesting crops, cleaning other houses, removing the peanut shells and many other things 

I came from Catanduanes, one of the towns that is frequently visited by typhoon and makes the life miserable at our place.  After finishing K12, I hope to continue my studies, then earn a living, and later when opportunities come—I will set up an agri-business to help our farmers earn more that they may have a decent life. 

Thank you so much to all our benefactors for helping the sisters in the education of poor children like me.  May your generosity be rewarded here on earth and in the next life.

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.