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Most of the world left Liberia when Ebola ended, but we're not going anywhere. In memory of Mary Ann O'Driscoll and Zota Zeatemah.

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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

Join Us in Liberia!

Father Carville with KidsMarch 22, 2016 -- Is your heart stirring for an adventure?  A mission? Join us in Liberia this summer!  Our first trip to Liberia Mission is May 17th - 25th with Father Carville of Louisiana.  You can stay as long as you wish. Meet the children of Liberia Mission, and let your heart be changed forever! Contact merrill@franciscanworks.org for more information.  

What's it Like at Liberia Mission?

Click here to read a volunteer's reflection about a typical morning at Liberia Mission campus!

How We Handled Ebola

Feb. 23, 2015 --  Chicago Tribune interviewed our very own Merrill Kenna and praised Liberia Mission for its success at keeping kids safe from Ebola.   View article here!  And in case you missed it, click  here to hear Merrill speak about Ebola and the Liberia school system on NPR's Worldview program, which aired Monday, February 2nd at 12 pm.

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