Breaking the cycle of poverty... One child at a time

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We Are Franciscan Works

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 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.

Franciscan Works currently supports Liberia Mission, Inc. Located in West Africa, Liberia Mission is a community of love, learning, work and prayer, providing education, life-skills, faith-formation and opportunity to 400 children and youth.

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you're doing the impossible."
- St. Francis of Assisi

Capture the Moment!

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Join us in Liberia this summer!  Beginning May 11th, we will have our first group of volunteers traveling to Liberia Mission, and you could be one of them.  

This summer is the perfect time.  Why?  Because Liberia Mission's school will still be in session to make up for the months of school missed during last year's Ebola crisis.  In addition to  working with our residents, you will have the opportunity to work with more youth in nearby communities!  Bring your talent, passion, and spirit, and make a difference! 

Contact for more info.

Chicago Tribune Praises!

Chicago Tribune interviewed our very own Merrill Kenna and praised Liberia Mission for its success at keeping kids safe from Ebola.   View article here!

Live on NPR!

In case you missed it, click here to listen to our executive director, Merrill Kenna, speak about Ebola and the Liberia school system on NPR's Worldview program, which aired Monday, February 2nd at 12 pm.

School Reopens Feb. 16


Liberian President Visits Mission


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