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 Mark



I am Mark. Eldest among of the six children of Jerry and Rosevie. I was born on March 3, 2004. My father’s occupation is farming while my mother is a housewife.  

The story of my life was full of sacrifices, difficulties, perseverance, and hope. When I was studying in Elementary School, I experienced going in school, without eating and no snacks. It was very hard on my part to see that my classmates were happy eating at the school canteen, while I remained unnoticed at the corner striving to get rid my hunger. I made it as an inspiration, and I promise to myself that I will persevere to finish my studies. One of my unforgettable moments in my life was when I saw my mother at home suddenly had full of bubbles in her mouth and had a high fever, I could not help but cry and cried for help. Fortunately, my father got home, and we brought her to the hospital. That incident begun to awaken my young mind into reality that being the eldest of my three little siblings, I must take the responsibility when my parents were not around. While my parents were at the hospital, I got up early in the morning just to cook breakfast, wash the dishes, and wash the clothes of my siblings and do rest of the household chores. I really thought that with the poverty we are in, it would be impossible for my parents to send me to junior high school. With the mercy of God, I finished my elementary school. Just in time before graduation, it was announced that the sisters are coming to recruit poor children willing to study in Cavite. Though I had not taken yet the exam I already felt going with them was already a hope of the end of my hard life and help my family get out of poverty. It was a new hope but also a sacrifice to be separated from my loved ones.  I took the examination and was interviewed. The sister-examiner asked me if I could manage to be separated from my parents. I replied that I can even if it will cause pain, sadness and suffering for my family, because I know that there is a time for everything, so let God do what He wants. 

Here in the Sisters of Mary School-Adlas, Inc. (SMS-AI),, I had a lot of good opportunities given for us to succeed in life and also good training to pursue higher education and get decent jobs. I learned variety of technical skills such as Electrical Installation, Culinary Arts, Welding, AutoCad 2D &3D, Computer Servicing. But I love baking, cooking and machine works the most. I dream of becoming chef someday and to become a mechanical engineer.  

I believe that the past should not be a hindrance and whether you belong to broken or good, it is up to me. Here I am, I made the misery of past as inspiration to reach your dreams and goals in life. For the few remaining stay here, I tried to be of good help to the sisters and to the school in every little way I can as a sign of gratitude for taking care of me and joyfully fulfill my 4 basic duties, to study, work and play and pray. Thank you so much to the people moved by God to make my dreams come true. To the teachers, sisters, to the donors and benefactors, thank you, thank you very 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.