The Sisters of Mary officially started operations in Guatemala in 1997.
In 1996, His Excellency Most Reverend Prospero Penados, Archbishop of Guatemala City, and Guatemalan President, Alvaro Arzu, invited the Sisters of Mary to establish a charity programme similar to the one they had heard about in Mexico.
In 1997, the Sisters opened a medical and dental clinic in Guatemala City, Zona 13. The facilities are equipped with X-ray machines and laboratory apparatus in order to serve those with no means to seek medical care elsewhere. Consultation, laboratory tests, and medications are given totally free of charge, though most patients contribute a small, symbolic fee.
On the same site, in 1998, the Sisters accepted the first group of students -- boys and girls -- at the newly constructed Children's Village. Two years later, the boys were transferred to a new Boystown site in Zona 6.
Lastly, in 2008, the Daycare and Women’s Training Centre were built to serve poor toddlers and accommodate the professional training of single mothers. There are currently 94 toddlers attending the centre.
Our Girlstown is currently home to 947 girls.
Villa de las Niñas, Guatemala City
3a Ave. 5-26, Zona 13
Apartado Postal 641-A
01013 Guatemala, C. A.
Capacity: 1,000 students
Opened in 1998
Regular classes include computer studies, English, social studies, maths, chemistry, physics, biology, arts, music, Christian living, and physical education (PE). PE is particularly important to our students and choices include include football, basketball, hockey, dance, choir and marching band.
In addition to these classes, high school students also study philosophy, ethics and accounting.
In their last two years of study, our students choose one of three professional training specialisms - culinary arts, contact services (call centre and customer serice) and handcrafted jewelry. This vocational training ensures that our girls can secure employment immediately after graduation.
Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:45pm. Additional technical training is provided to our high school students on weekends, such as business adminitration (including on-the-job training) and dress-making.