Franciscan Works + Liberia Mission Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   37 reviews 780

Issues: Education, International, Religion

Location: 8001 N. Lincoln Ave. #705 Skokie IL 60077 USA

Mission: We are Franciscan Works & Liberia Mission Inc.! Franciscan Works is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for the poorest of poor children in developing countries through education rooted in Gospel values in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. We develop the individual potential of children living in poverty through faith-based education so that they can live as God intended, making full use of their talents and abilities for the common benefit, in communion with God, nature and all humankind.
Results: Creating peace takes time but can be measured. We have three primary measures for breaking the cycle of poverty. 1. The number of students we provide care for. 2. The number of students we support that graduate from high school and from college. 3. The number of people in the United States that we educate about how to help the poor around the world. Our 20 year goal is to empower 1,000 students to become leaders in their country and community.
Target demographics: Educate the unfortunate victims of the 14-year brutal civil war ending in 2003.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 students
Geographic areas served: Liberia, West Africa
Programs: Liberia Mission, Inc. is a project of Franciscan Works. Located in West Africa, Liberia Mission is a community of love, learning, work and prayer. Here, poor and orphaned children - survivors of Liberia's long and brutal civil war - are learning to become future leaders in their families, communities, and country. Liberia Mission includes homes for boys and girls, St. Anthony of Padua school, and St. Michael Catholic church. There are currently nearly 400 children served at Liberia Mission.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-7116589
773.809.4008
www.franciscanworks.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a former volunteer and a current donor, I have been involved with this organization for over 6 years. I have seen first-hand the impact they have on the children they serve - through a first-rate education, skill building (especially through agricultural and construction projects), developing youth leadership, and rooting everything in a deep faith that shapes life on the Mission campus. Because it is a small organization, donors feel a real personal connection to the people of the Mission. This makes being a part of the Franciscan Works community, through being a supporter, very unique and rewarding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family has sponsored a child for over 10 years. We have been touched by the work that the team has accomplished at Liberia Mission. We have always been able to get up-to-date information from the team both in Liberia and Chicago. We have met many of the volunteers who have traveled to Liberia Mission and have been truly humbled by their stories of progress and improvement for the country and the Mission itself. Well worth joining this amazing organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As with many worthwhile nonprofits, Franciscan Works has shown great dedication with people on the front line who care deeply and make a profound impact where it is desperately needed. Their work in Liberia has reaped many positive outcomes for the future of the people and they remain a beacon of hope during the ebola epidemic.

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Rating: 5 stars  

If you are looking for a mission to go on - you found it. It has everything - everything that is good - spirituality, good people, and you can see the results of your efforts. The list is endless. I went on this mission in April 2013 and couldn't help but fall in love with the kids. The Board members are wonderful and it is fascinating to watch how they come up with new ways to help the children in so many different aspects of life. It is apparent that their faith guides them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization may be small, but it is doing the job of a giant. The Mission is truly an oasis in the desert and provides the students with an opportunity that will follow them for the rest of their lives. With it's focus on God, Education and Work the program in Liberia provides the students with a moral compass based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, a solid education and work skills that will follow them all of their lives. It is an amazing place!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful organization! Franciscan Works + Liberia Mission works so hard and diligently to educate and care for the children. They are doing an amazing job in the midst of the Ebola crisis!! Please visit www.franciscanworks.org to see firsthand this top-notch organization and the children it serves!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough good things about this organization. I have been personally involved with Franciscan Works for two years and know each and everyone on the board and all that is involved with the mission and can say this is truly the most spiritual and giving organization I have ever worked with. The mission is going through so many trials and heartaches with the Ebola virus all around it. All I can say is your donations are so appreciated and you can see exactly where the money is going. Please go to Franciscanworks.org to check out everything going on at the mission. The children will steal your heart.

Love and Blessings,
Judy Tureau

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is small enough to be very hands-on with the Mission in Liberia. Great contact with my sponsor student as he receives a faith-based education. Kudos to the whole team in Liberia as they battle Ebola. God bless!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Franciscan Works and Liberia Mission are taking care of children and youth who are in desperate need. I am happy that my donations are going to this cause.

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When i arrived to Liberia Mission March of 2011, I was expecting shy children and some awkward first greetings. But what I received was entirely different. Bright smiles, big hugs, laughter, and a handwritten letter from Judy, a delightful teenage girl living at the Mission, greeted me at the front gates. "Welcome Home," she wrote. I will never forget those words as they best described my emotions that day and each day forward during my two-month stay at the Mission. I was Home - far from US soil, far from my family and friends - but Home at Liberia Mission where a Spirit of Family and Faithfulness have inspired me still. God Bless my brothers and sisters in Liberia, especially during these threatening times of Ebola virus. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.

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2014

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