Where We Are

Latin America

 Brazil

SND foundation established in 1962

The Sisters of Notre Dame minister in northeast Brazil among people who have been pushed off their lands. Our Sisters' work is concentrated in education and the development of cottage industries including lace-making cooperatives. One of our Sisters works with an Italian priest among the indigenous peoples of the northeast. Their major project is an alternative education program for the Indians in that region which involves help through traditional schooling and many aspects of daily life.

The Sisters live, pray, and work in direct service to the materially poor. Our Sisters accompany women, children, farmers, Indians, and others through ministries such as alternative health practices, Bible studies, adult literacy, community therapy, children's programs, women's cooperatives, and sustainable land efforts. Collaboration with others, including local non-government organizations, national programs, dioceses and other congregations is highly valued in these ministries.

The Amazing Grace of Sister Dorothy Stang: Martyred February 12, 2005 in Anapu, Para, Brazil

Resources on Sister Dorothy

Ministries in Brazil
  • Education
  • Social Service
  • Justice, Peace and Community Action Work
  • Business Development
  • Pastoral Service
  • Health Care
  • Formation for Religious Life

Spanish podcast: LA MUERTE DE LA SELVA ES EL FIN DE NUESTRA VIDA


 Nicaragua

SND project began here in 1981

Since 1981, Sisters of Notre Dame have been accompanying those living in poverty in Matagalpa and Siuna/Mulukukú regions of Nicaragua. The Sisters’ commitment has led them to develop programs of education, health, community development and religious formation. They are joined in this work by the Misioneras de Cristo, a native campesina religious community, Associates of Notre Dame, and Special Families of St. Julie Billiart. The latter is an organization supporting families of children with challenging and different capabilities. The first Special Park for these children in Central America and the only Horse Therapy Program in Nicaragua have been set up in Matagalpa. Local women are currently engaged in these developments and are encouraged to become involved in on-going education, training workshops, café/yogurt-making projects, recycling etc. In Mulukukú, a more rural mountainous area, several educational projects are growing: a Montessori pre-school, several one-roomed primary schools and an emerging program for women interested in becoming Sisters of Notre Dame.

Ministries in Nicaragua
  • Education formal and informal
  • Health Care
  • Social Service
  • Pastoral Service
  • Religious Formation
  • Community Development
  • Leadership Development for Women

 Peru

SND foundation established in 1970

We are Sisters of Notre Dame from Peru, Belgium, Britain and the United States who serve the people of Peru. We accompany children, adolescents and adults in Lima and its environs, as well as in the north in the Tambogrande Region. We teach, direct and administer Fe y Alegría Schools in the capital city and in the rural areas. We also accompany women in Peru who are discerning vowed life as Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

There is tremendous poverty in Peru. Those unable to work or without employment are incapable of feeding their families. They do not receive government assistance in aid for food or health care.  The scarcity of water is a major problem. For example, the people in some places have to use the same water twice, to wash dishes and to flush toilets. Yet in the midst of overwhelming need, the Peruvians have hope and a strong faith in God.

Ministries in Peru
  • Education
  • Social Service
  • Pastoral Service
  • Health Care
  • Prison Ministry
  • Formation for Religious Life

The Sisters in Nicaragua and Peru work closely together and now form the Peru/Nicaragua Province.