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 Mercedes



My name is Mercedes. I am 15 years old. I come from Dar es Salaam. I am the second born among five children. My father died when I was still very young due to difficult life which we live. At that time life became more difficult especially to my mother who got another relationship with a man who don’t care about family needs. And my mother tried her best to make sure that I finish my primary studies. At home we can only eat once a day because most of the time we depend only in the charity of our neighbors. I am not even sure if I can study Secondary Studies with this kind of life. 

My first impression at first I am surprised with the big beautiful 4th and 7th story buildings because I did not experience of walking on the stairs. And also the food that I was taking here is very much impressive because such food we could eat only if there is special occasion like birthday in our neighbor’s house. 

What I like most from the Sisters of Mary is its good environment and the way I learn about balancing of time which means everything we are doing got its own time. This taught me that in everything I do I have to do my best. To manage my time properly with good result. Also the different skills and the talents that I discover such as singing and dancing. And this will be my future way of life. 

I would like to pursue a doctor of medicine one day because I saw many people suffered here in Africa especially my family and because they don’t have money means the poorest of the poor. It becomes difficult to them to go to the hospital to get treatment. So this profession can be a good means that I can use to solve such problem. The way I imagine my life after graduating is that I will be a successful person because the way I am living here is a good foundation to me to have a good and better future. I imagine also using the different talents that I have in order to reach my dreams and goals in life. 

I would like to say Thank you very much our beloved donors and benefactors for your generosity and kindness especially to the poorest of the poor like me because without your donation through the Sisters I would not be here in a good place where I can get different skills and discover my talent. May God Bless you and give you many graces because it is from giving we receive. I promise that I will do my best to study hard to reach my goals.

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.