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 Oscar



What was your life like before you´ve met the Sisters of Mary? (origin, circumstances, family etc.) 

I came from a poor family but with numerous members, I’m the fourth of ten children of our parents. My life was full of hardship, working with my father in the field together with my uncles and grandfather. I remember my father’s earning was only 100 Lempiras a day. Our food was only the fruit of our labor. I stopped studying for a year due to poverty and corona virus. It was very hard to study with this time because one needs to have electronic device for classes. 

Which expectations/ impression did you have when you came to the school of the Sisters of Mary on the first day? 

Upon arriving to the school, my feeling was full of pride, seeing the two, high buildings for the first time in my life. Having pride, because I was given the opportunity to live in this very beautiful place. 

What do/ did you like most about the Sisters of Mary? 

What I like most here at the Sisters of Mary, are the teachings of the Sisters and our teachers.   

Which profession would you like to pursue one day? 

I would like to be a Mechanic Engineer.   

How do you imagine your life after graduating from school of the Sisters of Mary? 

I imagine my life to be a good leader in my family.  

What words would you like to address to the donors today? 

I would like to tell you dear benefactors that here at the Sisters of Mary is a very beautiful place, a very good school and home for the poor children like me. And I send you my greetings, sending you a warm hug and may our dear Lord bless you always. 

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.