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 Joselyn


Zona 13

My name is Joselyn, I was born on April 2011 in the village Sepoc, Cahabon, Alta Verapaz, in health center.

My parents are Fredy and Carolina, I have 4 siblings, I have a twin sister, which I do not look like, my parents tell us that she was born 30 minutes earlier than I.

When I was very little I got so sick with fever that I almost died.

At the age of 6, I wanted to help my parents with the housework, I started to learn how to make tortillas, but my mom wouldn’t let me, finally my grandmother taught me how to make tortillas and tamales.

When I was 7 years old I began to study elementary school in my village school, my family lives in extreme poverty, so every time I went to study my mother told us that we should not get envy of what our classmates ate because they could not give us money. The school supplies they bought me had to be taken care of because they were too expensive to buy.

When I came home from school, I would do my homework and then I would help with the housework, sweeping, cleaning the house and other chores, every day I had to do the same activities.

My house is made of wood, my father works in agriculture, harvesting beans and corn, the harvest is twice a year, when there was no good harvest, we saved the little to survive, sometimes we had nothing to eat and the only thing we ate was spicy sauce with tortillas. My mother made tamales to sell and I helped her prepare them since I was a little girl.

Because of the shortage of money and the bad harvest, my parents borrowed money, we have a debt that we still can’t pay up to now.

In the year 2023 we had many problems with my relatives, one day when I was at school we were informed that my grandfather died, he got sick because one day he was hit with a piece of wood and also because of the problems they had with my relatives, it was something really terrible for me, because my grandfather always took care of us and treated us well, it has not been long, and I miss him.

In that same year I finished sixth grade and due to lack of money and poverty I was not going to continue studying, one day some graduates from the institution of “Villa de las Niñas “who worked for a company that created groups of women in the villages to lend them money and with that money the women plant vegetables and then pay them, They came to my village and when they found out that most of the girls in my village were no longer going to continue studying high school, they explained to us that they knew of a place where they gave us free education, but we had to take an exam and they brought us to the capital city of Guatemala to take the exam.

In December 2023 we were informed that I passed the exam to enter the “Villa de las Niñas” School in the Capital City, I was happy because it was a great opportunity, although some people told us that it was a lie and that this place did not exist and that what they wanted was to steal children, I wanted to continue studying and I did not pay attention to the comments of the people.

In January 2024 I entered “Villa de las Niñas” and I am happy to study and to live with many girls who like me who need to study and have a bright future, thanks to the Sisters of Mary, I will learn many more new things here.

I really thank God for the given opportunity, for Father Al, for the Sisters of Mary and for all those kind-hearted people who really believe that education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty, thank you for supporting us. May the Lord bless you a hundred-fold.

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.