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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 Patricia



As a small girl, Patricia slept uncomfortably in a bed with her siblings each night. Food was often scarce. Everything changed when she was brought to the Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico. “I discovered a new world. We had very big spaces. I tasted different dishes I didn’t know existed. I played games I didn’t know. I learned English. And I had all the time to study without having to take care of my brother and sisters. I knew there was something there that could help change my life and even more my family’s life.” After graduating from Chalco, one of Patricia’s first gestures of love as an industrial engineer was re-engineering and adding on to her parent’s small home. Her help for others hasn’t stopped with her family. Now she is creating small versions of those same miracles for others in need due to her professional success.

I can help people who need it; support people in some of their big problems. I know that I have a long way to go, a lot of things to do, and I am working on them,” she said. “I also know that I should help them not just economically, but spiritually, as well. I thank God for letting me be part of the unfinished symphony of Father Al. If I hadn’t lived at Girlstown, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

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.