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 Mayreli



My name is Mayreli, I was born at the State of Mexico. As I am the eldest, I had to struggle living with a lady in the neighborhood because my parents have to go out of our place to find job. Not lately my mother became pregnant and she had to stop working. Since, then we faced a great lack of money to sustain our daily needs. After giving birth, my mother felt very ill, so I have to take care of my little brother. Often times I saw my mother crying; telling that she cannot handle it anymore; and while I was embracing my little brother, I could sense how painful and difficult the suffering of my mother was. 

I and my brother have to stay under custody of my grandmother for a time, while my mother was trying to recover from her illness. My grandmother had to go to work also then, and most of the time we were left at home. I had to experience eating rotten food because our deep poverty. 

When my mother was recovering, it was then that my father got ill. And so, in order to help with the daily expenses, I had to go out and sell in the street, returning home at late afternoon. When I met the opportunity to continue with my studies at “Villa de las Niñas”, I was really very excited. 

Now that I am one of the many poor children who are receiving this high quality education, I am really very grateful. Here, I am learning how to sew and for the first time I saw and touch a real computer. I am also very thankful that I can learn singing and other sports. Since, the first day of arrival here in this institution, I learned different things until this time. I can say that my way of life is changing little by little. I am learning many things for the first time. 

I thank the Sisters, who serve as our parents here. They are really teaching us to be good children of God. And also, I thank different persons, our benefactors, who are helping us a lot in order for us to improve our lives. 

By this time, I can only offer my prayers for you. I also pray that you will continue helping more poor children, so that, like me they can learn many things and have a way to change their way of living. 

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.