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 Yonni



My name is Yonni.

I am 12 years old; we are two brothers and I am the youngest, I come from Maniltepec Guerrero. 

My father’s name is Salvador, my mother died two years ago of cancer. 

Before my mom passed away, we lived together, I started going to school when I was 4 years old. 

My mom would take me to school and then she would stay watching because there was a lot of danger for children. I liked going to school because every day I learned something new. I only didn’t like it when the teacher locked us in to do our homework and left us without playing time. 

When my mother was not near the school, she would go to sell jelly to help the family’s economy, my parents educated me so well and I learned to listen to them. 

The happiest moments for me were the ones I spent with my mom and dad together. 

The last time I saw her she was very sad, seeing the mountains and she told me she was going to come back, and they took her to Mexico City. The same day she left she passed away in the afternoon. 

Now I live with my grandmother and my father, but he goes to work. Some people encouraged me to make an interview to study at Villa de los Niños, I took it and I passed. 

The first days were very difficult for me, I couldn’t get used to it and I lived every day with a lot of fear that my father might die, but little by little I was adapting and now I feel happy and calm. 

When I grow up, I want to become a soldier to defend the people. I thank God, Father AL and the Sisters of Mary and the benefactors for all they do for me and my companions. Thank you so much.  


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.