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 Oliva



My name is Oliva. I am 15 years old. I am from Singida Region. I am seventh child among 8 children. When I was at home my life was difficult because my father was not able to take care of us. When I was 9 years old he left us. And only my struggling mother was the one who raised us all and provided for our needs. My mother was always sick and cannot do heavy duty.  When I was 12 years old my aunt decided to help her so I was transferred so I can finish my primary school in Standard 7. 

But when I came in the Sisters of Mary my first impression was the kind of education they are giving. I learn many things not only academically but also I learn skills like, Computer, Tailoring, Baking and Electrical. And I also learn music like playing piano and drums and guitar. But what I like most in the Sisters of Mary is how the Sisters take care of us because they treat us equally. And teach us discipline and training us well. 

I would like to be a doctor because I want to help many people of their diseases especially by doing charity work and helping them.  After graduation I imagine that I will be somebody in Tanzania in order to alleviate the standard living of the people. And I wanted to help the Sisters of Mary in Tanzania if I will become successful. 

The words that I like to address to you my donors. That God will bless you for what you are doing now.  Everything of what you are doing is because of love. I pray that God will give you long life in order that you will continue to help many people. I wish that one day I will meet you and to say thank you personally. God Bless you and your family.

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.