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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love Franciscan Works! The accomplish so much with so little resources. Not only do they have a school and a church, they also have a farm. My favorite part of their program is "The Piggery" . The Piggery Blog is delightful!
Franciscan Works is a great nonprofit that approaches development in such a holistic way, incorporating both faith and education in their work. I'm proud to support this organization and their efforts in Liberia.
Over the past six months I have become familiar with Franciscan Works and the work that they are doing to support the children in Liberia. (https://www.franciscanworks.org/our-work/liberia-mission.aspx )
I have been impressed with their passion, their focus, their organizational skills and their ability to support the children.
Currently I am aware that they are working on their annual fundraiser, Harvest for Hope, Chicago (http://www.harvestforhopechicago.org/ ). The marketing and steps that have been taken, to this point, are truly amazing. Just look at the venue and the invitation to join them for a night of fun ( http://www.harvestforhopechicago.org/#!event-details/g92v0 ). There is excitement and from all that I have spoken to about the event, a desire to be a part of it and to contribute and to help the mission.
What a delight it is to see a not for profit thriving!
Peace and love.
If you have a sincere calling to volunteer at an amazing Mission then Liberia Mission, Inc. is the place to go. You have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many who are the poorest of the poor. It is an environment that will leave you a changed person, but more importantly you will have the opportunity to change lives just by your presence. The students love volunteers and they love to learn about life in America. If you are interested in an real volunteer adventure I suggest that you contact the folks at Franciscan Works+Liberia Mission and they can help you help those in need.
I've had the opportunity to serve as both a volunteer and board member. I've been continuously inspired by the witness and spirit of all those involved as they seek to live with and for Christ.
I have spent a week in the Liberia Mission and the work is amazing. Teaching the children how to feed themselves by farming and livestock plus furthering their education is wonderful. The people who run the mission are selfless and dedicated. Some from the USA who have given up a cushy life for the good of the mission. Every American should see how these people live-- It will change their lives.
I spent 13 months in Liberia at Liberia Mission as the Bookkeeper. I was impressed with the diligence the organization was in assuring that funds donated to the organization were appropriately utilized to provide the children at the residential program as well as the school with what they needed to be successful. Focus was put on expanding the piggery and the farming programs. During the Ebola outbreak I remember thinking how blessed the Mission was to have a source of food for their residents when the ports were closed. It was due to the vision of the director and the support of Franciscan Works. The children of Liberia are truly the hope for that country and I feel those living at Liberia Mission will be the ones to make that a reality!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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!