Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) is an apostolic union of nuns, the congregation was formed with the charism to accomplish apostolic cum development work in the remote corners of the world. Rev. Fr. J. E. Arul Raj who hails from India founded the congregation in the year 1984. “Loving God In Serving The Poor To Be Fully Human And Fully Alive” is the vision of DMI, which is focused to serve unconditionally the poor and the marginalised in their difficulties and help them to organise themselves to lead a decent life with dignity, particularly vulnerable women, children and youths, who live in human bondages such as ignorance, illiteracy, ill health, unequal opportunities and economic slavery.
The society has more than 550 sisters to carry out socio-pastoral activities among the Christian and non-Christian communities in all over the world. DMI also has about 600 paid staff in the fields of education and development. It is a non-profit and an indigenous congregation with an international exposure, experience and gained the trust and acceptance of the people in working with various cross cultures in India, Africa and other countries. DMI entry in to Tanzania in the year 2003 created space to embark on various development programs based on detailed need assessment. Over a decade through consistent engagement, hard and diligent work, organization could able to establish strong base in Dar es Salaam, Pwani and Songea regions in reaching out to 173 villages and having 96,534 program participants.