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 Needy


Zona 13

My name is Needy and I am 12 years old. My first memories began at the age of four where I saw how my father hit my mother and she did not defend herself, one day he hit her too much, leaving a scar. At the age of six I was in kindergarten, one day they brought me home from school because my father had died, my uncle had killed him, his body was found in a ravine, his body was badly beaten, they cut off his ears, his head and stomach. My mother went to leave us with my uncles, telling us that she was going to return. Since that day, we haven’t heard from her.

After a year, my uncles helped us with our studies. At first, I thought that my uncles would love us, but it was the opposite. My cousins ​​beat me, I went to complain to my uncles, but they never believed me, they told me that I was a liar. They told my brother the same thing. They sent us to the fields to look for cardamom, we didn’t complain because they helped us with our studies. My aunt sent me to roast, sweep, wash clothes and dishes while my cousins ​​did nothing. The years went by and it was the same, they beat us, they scolded us. We cried a lot, my brother told me that one day we were going to get ahead. My brother was only able to study sixth grade, my aunt has a stomach disease, but thank God she helped me, one day we heard on the radio an advertisement for a school called “villa de los niños” that helped girls who had wanted to continue studying. I took the exam and I won it. I was very happy because I could continue because my aunt’s plan was to work with her at home.

I thank God for the opportunity and also the Sisters of Mary. I sincerely feel very happy to be here. My greatest desire is to finish my five years and my dream is to become a doctor to help the poor.

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.