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 Joshua



My name is Joshua, I am from the State of Guerrero, Mexico. I belong to a family with a very low economic income. My father left us when I was barely 5 years old and so my mother has to really work hard like housekeeping, doing laundry etc., to be able to support our daily needs and my study along with that my sister, with the little money she earns. Before I was blessed to be able to study in the Sisters of Mary, I experienced working in the farm as hired work every after class while my sister would also go to a neighborhood as a handheld so both of us could be able to add a little to what our mother earns. 

I am grateful enough to be able to have this gran opportunity to study in the Sisters of Mary. My mother told me on the day of my entrance to the school: “… Son, now you have a sure means to be able to continue your study.” As I enter the school for the first time, I was emotional to know that I will live in one of these beautiful buildings and be able to know more Friends. After a few weeks, we tour around the facilities and I was very much impressed by the complete and best facilities I saw especially in the technical workshops, the classroom, the kitchen, the laundry, the big gymnasium, the music room, the swimming pool, and the playgrounds. One thing also that I cannot forget was the festival made to welcome us, it was for me a grand show of talents in music and dances. 

When I grow up, I would like to be a veterinarian to so I can be able to live in a beautiful house of my own, be able to help my mother and my sister. I am trying to do well in my study this time to always maintain high marks and thanks be to God, I made always to the list of honors.

I know that all this is made possible thanks to all our benefactors who are generous enough to provide for our needs. I just can imagine that there are many of you good-hearted individuals and we cannot thank you enough. Rest assured that you are always in our prayers and that He continues to bless and keep you and shower you with more blessings.

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.