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Franciscan Works + Liberia Mission Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International Relief, Literacy, Religion, Roman Catholic

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.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived as a volunteer at Liberia Mission for over a month now and I can say without a doubt that I love it there and can feel God's presence. The mission has helped me to grow closer to God and see the world from a new perspective. Liberia Mission is a fantastic place that is helping so many to grow and reach their full potential.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exceedingly well run charity. Strong spiritual foundation. Exceptionally well organized. Mission and purpose clearly defined. Media, communication, and updates appropriate in volume and content. Transparent financial information. A joy to see the children's smiling faces.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Liberia mission is a great place for kids, especially for children whose parents are not alive, and for some parents who don't have the ability to send their children to school. For the past 15 years, Liberia Mission has helped a lot of children to finish high school, which of course they never even had the thought of. Liberia Mission also helps in the direction of disciplining students, teaching them about God, education, and learning how to become self-sustaining individuals in future. Liberia Mission provides three meals a day for its students staying on campus, monitors their daily activities and behavior, provides health care for each of the students, and treats every student fairly, no matter how big or small you are.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberia Mission has done something no other Catholic Mission in Liberia has done. It is almost completely run by Liberians, for Liberians. The academic excellence and vocational/life skills training it gives to its students provide a well-rounded education and experience of life to all who are involved—be it employees or students.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an incredible charity that works to break the cycle of poverty for the poorest of the poor in Liberia. The money donated is very well managed. All of it but a very small amount goes directly to the children at the Mission. Through this charity, children get a faith based education, learn life skills, and some of the children live on the mission as well.

It is a great organization to be a part of and you truly know that the money you've donated is directly impacting the organization. The communication from FW + Liberia Mission is consistent and helps show the impact and glimpses into daily life at the Mission. I highly recommend this nonprofit to anyone seeking a great place to give money to.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Franciscan Works + Liberia Mission Inc., as depicted by the name of this nonprofit, is currently carrying out an outstanding missionary activity in Liberia, West Africa, with major focus on youth formation/basic formal education and vocational training. With the desire to see that young people in Liberia can have the opportunity to become more aware of the existence of God and gain formal education as well as vocational training skills, the last fifteen (15) years of missionary work in Liberia has brought about achievements that humanity in general can be proud of. Children who otherwise would have found it very difficult to access formal basic education and skills training in the fields of animal husbandry, carpentry, masonry, basic computer technology, etc are joyfully getting this support today in Liberia. It is an immense delight to experience children who have grown on the Mission over the years to have already started impacting their local communities of origin, and in few instances give back to the Mission in expanding its reach out to other less fortunate youths.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This mission focuses on education of the whole person. Their motto is “God, Work, and Education.” Only through education can we truly help people to lift themselves out to the pervasive poverty inflicting their country. I have visited Liberia and this mission. I have seen the poverty there and seen the good work being done by the mission.
Also, administrative costs are very low. Most of the money donated goes directly to help the people of Liberia, especially the children. The board members are all volunteers.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

Horace Mann said that "Education is the great equalizer". Nowhere is this more true than Liberia. This country has been devastated by disaster again and again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spending time at Liberian Mission and talking with the students, I can see what a blessing the mission is in their lives. They have family, friends, and a secure place to spend their time learning and growing. Liberia Mission is more than just a school but a haven of peace for the children of Liberia to mature and become educated, active members of their society!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberia Mission is doing excellent work in Liberia. God is at the center as the day begins early in the morning with prayer (and throughout the day). St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School provides quality education in a country that is notorious for its under-performing schools. The work program (farm, piggery, etc.) provides the residential students with important trade skills and instills in them a good work ethic. Overall, Liberia Mission's motto of "God, Education, Work" is faithfully and 100% fulfilled daily by its students, staff, and missionaries. Great work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Franciscan Works continues to do “God’s Work”. I am proud to contribute to this organization. They do so much with so little.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is doing very important work in Liberia. I first got to know Franciscan Works/Liberia Mission a little over a year ago, and have since met dozens of children who have been impacted by the organization. Children living at Liberia Mission receive a quality education, three meals per day, and religious formation.

I believe education is key to Liberia's development, and, thanks to Franciscan Works and its donors, Liberia Mission is giving that gift to youth in Liberia.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is very difficult for Americans to effectively work with youth in another country where there often social, cultural, religious and language barriers. FW+LMI surmounts this difficulty by placing US staff on the ground, hiring local staff in all key positions, and creating a diverse board with entrepreneurial, social development, religious, education and different cultural backgrounds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I decided to sponsor a student at the Liberia Mission in West Africa back in 2010 and received beautiful letters from the young lady for several years. I then chose to travel to Liberia to meet our sponsored student and volunteer in the mission school in 2012. I also wanted to check the the orphanage and school for myself- I stayed for two months.
I was impressed with the school and the orphanage staff, both Liberian and American, who worked long and hard for very little money. The school was the best educational institution in the area and a majority of the students came from the local villages.
Liberia Mission is doing good work on a low budget in a country that has experienced a lot of trauma in its recent history. I have continued to raise funds for Franciscan Works since returning to Colorado five years ago. I hope to return to Liberia next year to see our sponsored student graduate from the technical college that she is now attending with the financial support that the Liberia Mission provides.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Liberia Mission since 2011 and have truly enjoyed our connection with the children at the mission. It has been a joy to see the children’s love of learning & the gospel be fostered through the quality educational & spiritual opportunities provided at Liberia Mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was the director of the mission in Liberia for 3.5 years. It was awesome work. Liberia is a challenging place. The mission gives young Liberians a safe environment to know God, get educated and learn life skills. It's not perfect...but each student helped by the mission has a better shot at breaking out of the cycle of poverty that has a strong grip on Liberian society. Please help us help these young people!
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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring a student at the mission who wants to be a medical doctor. Every time I get a report card or letter update, I see she is doing well in her studies and I am proud to be able to partner with her education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit the mission in Liberia last summer, and I was very impressed with the work they are doing in Liberia. I am very happy to continue donating to them and helping fundraise to help keep this mission going.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, I have experienced first hand was an impact Franciscan Works has on the children of Liberia Mission. They serve over 500 students now offering an education to those who would not be able to attend school otherwise. I am proud to support their ongoing work in Liberia.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I went to Liberia 3 years ago. It was life altering. The kids live with so little yet have so much more.
It is common for interest to diminish in time after a trip like this but my interest increased because I see it working. The kids are given an education and some are now in college! Others learned skills and are now working! It's working! These are opportunities that they would not have had if it wasn't for the mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

Franciscan Works -Liberia Mission has stolen my heart. Through friends, I learned of its values and listened to all of the stories of the children being raised in, and taught through, Christ's love. Many are orphans, others were welcomed because their families couldn't feed them. They are schooled at the Mission's St. Anthony of Padua school. Then they work on the farm learning to grow the food they eat. Others work in the Piggery, feeding and cleaning up after the pigs until slaughter. This continues on to the sales, teaching the business side of self-sufficiency.
The children at the Mission sing, dance, and pray together. Some have dreams of becoming doctors or engineers. My donations can make that happen. And until they grow up, I enjoy seeing the pictures of the smiles on their faces, and the hand written letters I receive from them. Franciscan Works -Liberia Mission acts as the portal to my heart. God Bless all the volunteers that work closely with these children.
--- Andrea Walsh, Palos Hills IL.