Welcome to Mary’s Friends

Mary’s Friends is a political and religious neutral organisation. We concentrate our work on helping the poorest children and youth to a worthy life in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangalore in India.
With the exception of a secretary paid by the hour, all members work for free with no forms of compensation.


Targeted donations

Mary’s Friends is a recognised Norwegian sponsor organisation that can earmark your donations to your own personal sponsored child.
We are the only recognised organisation in Norway based on giving individual support to follow your child all the way from childhood until he or she can stand on its own feet.

Choose one of the 3 following alternatives for your donation and membership in Mary’s Friends:

1 – To give a poor child a chance of a worthy life through individual sponsorship.

NOK 300,- per month can secure a poor child food, cloths, healthcare, a bed to sleep and basic education. The children, selected by nuns, are either orphans or have no other persons capable of caring for them. We work with local enthusiasts, mostly nuns who take care of the child on a daily basis and secure the child a safe and good childhood environment. As a sponsor you will receive regular information about the child´s background and progress. Currently, Mary’s Friends’ 700 members sponsor 800 individual children.

What makes us different from other organisations?

  • We are the only recognised organisation in Norway that earmarks your monthly donations to your individual child.

  • Every sponsored child receives a personal bank account where a small sum from your monthly donation is set a side. In this way you can build up a starting capital for the child until the sponsorship is terminated. You can always and at any time donate extra funds to your child´s personal bank account.

  • You will receive drawings and or letters from your sponsored child and if you want you can communicate via e-mail or even visit your child.

  • Mary’s Friends have 41 years of experience helping children from a small age until they can stand on their own feet.
  • Currently we support approx. 30 orphanage children with a university degree.

  • With the exception of the secretary paid by the hour, all members in Norway work for free with no form of compensation.

  • Our accounts registered by a chartered accountant show that 95 % of our income is sent to the children in our receiving countries. Thus we claim that no other recognised Norwegian aid organisation get more aid out of every krone donated.

ALTERNATIVE 2 – Donate funds for education to street children

Basic education is free in Sri Lanka, Thailand and India. However, the children need to pay for school uniforms, school books and a meal per day. These expenditures are beyond reach of the poorest. Mary’s Friends have therefore made a program to help the poorest children to an education.

In Thailand there are thousands of stateless children mostly from Myanmar. These children have no access to public schools or healthcare.

With a donation of only NOK 150,-  per month you can secure that a child´s greatest wish, to have access to a school, becomes a reality.  You can choose to donate such help to a child in Thailand, Sri Lanka and or Bangalore in India. You will receive a picture and biodata of the child you sponsor.

ALTERNATIVE 3 – Donation to one of Mary’s Friends collective projects
As a supporting member you can choose a project and how much you want to give to a specific project. Mainly such donations will in general be used for funds to higher education for our sponsored children.

Mary’s Friends have provided computers to all orphanages we work with including schools. We also have built up Vocational Training Centres for young girls so they can learn a trade and get jobs in order to cater for themselves. Mary’s Friends have also built an orphanage in our own name in Sri Lanka called Children’s Corner.

We can always tailer made a donation according to your wish.

We thank each and every one for helping us to give our children a better life.




Email   mvenner@online.no

Address: Marys Venner, Kvennhusmonen 23, 4760 Birkeland, Norway.
Tlf: +47 62 83 92 75

Org.no. 982 847 699

Innsamlingskontrollen Norway
Fund raising account: 1602 03 02228. Vipps (Norway only) 18196