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Franciscan Works + Liberia Mission Inc.

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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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joe

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.

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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.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.