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 Sagrario



My name is Sagrario and I have 7 siblings. My father is a farmer and my mother is a housekeeper. When I was in elementary I made many absences at school because I have to work in the farm with my parents to earn money and at the same to have some harvest for our food. As I saw the low possibility that I can still go on with my studies in high school, I decided to take the entrance exam in order that I can go on studying. 

The first time I entered here at “Villa de las Niñas”, I was really shocked with what I saw and I felt a very big changes in my mind. The Sisters of Mary are of big help for me to overcome my fears and are examples of perseverance for me. They are the one helping me and my companions to take advantage in learning different skills and be responsible. I have met and heard so many stories of hardship with different girls in my family and in our classroom. In here we learn from each other, we get to know each other´s different stories and memories in childhood. 

Now I am learning many things that I never thought of before. I can now work some projects on the computer and more or less I am becoming good at controlling the sewing machines. 

I am very grateful to our benefactors for their spiritual and financial help. They are truly part of the fulfillment of our dreams in life. They are teaching me also to be grateful and at the same time to be generous especially to others. They help me in hoping that I could achieve my dream to become a doctor in the future to be of help to my family and to other people. 

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.