How Our Students Spend the Afternoon

New Ideas for a New Year

We have lots of new and exciting activities going on in our afternoon program at Liberia Mission! Students attend school in the morning, eat lunch and have a few minutes of rest and then join our afternoon program. The students first work for one hour on our farm each weekday. In addition to learning how to plant and maintain crops, students also learn how to raise and take care of animals, such as cows, pigs, goats, donkeys, and sheep.  

Students start each afternoon with an hour of work on Liberia Mission’s 13 acre farm.

Students start each afternoon with an hour of work on Liberia Mission’s 13 acre farm.

While gaining appreciation of a job well done, students develop the work ethic required to be successful, particularly in the area of agriculture—a very important sector of Liberia’s growing economy. We also supplement this physical labor with various activities introduced below that serve to enrich our students’ appreciation of faith and education.   

Here is what are students are up to each afternoon:

Students studying the Bible at their Monday Faith Talk.

Students studying the Bible at their Monday Faith Talk.

Monday

On Monday we start the week off right with our Faith Talk, led by our lay missioners Grace Miller and John Young.  It is a moment that the students can ask questions and get to know more about the Catholic faith. We will soon be heading into the season of Lent, so we really want our students to have a clear understanding of its importance to the faith.  

Students work on a science experiments together on Tuesdays.

Students work on a science experiments together on Tuesdays.

Tuesday

On Tuesdays we utilize our science lab for our Science Activity.  So far we have all learned about electromagnetism by making an electromagnet from batteries, electrical wires, and nails.  We also learned the science behind spiciness as we investigated which substance—water, milk, soda, or bread—has been proven to cool the effects of hot pepper…milk won!  Right now we are still waiting for our “depression flower garden” to grow from our salt, bluing, water, and charcoal mixture. So every Tuesday we try to have a little fun learning about simple scientific concepts that we can demonstrate with materials we can find around the mission.

Students enjoy reading novels on Wednesday.

Students enjoy reading novels on Wednesday.

Wednesday

On Wednesdays we go into our mission’s library to read novels for one hour.  The students have all selected a book appropriate to their respective reading levels, and they read them in silence during our Reading Hour.  At the beginning of the activity, we usually review some tips on how to become better readers. When someone finishes his/her book, they will give a book report and receive a special prize!  So we thank God for the opportunity to have a library with so many books!

Thursday

We strengthen our spelling on Thursdays during our Spelling Bee.  The students form teams and go head-to-head in a competition that, in addition to making us all better spellers, is also a lot of raucous fun!

Students taking their quizzes on Friday.

Students taking their quizzes on Friday.

Friday

On Friday the students take a quiz on all the material covered during the week’s activities.  If they score well enough, then they receive a sweet reward (candy!). So far the vast majority of all the students have always received candy, and this is definitely encouraging!

It Is Not All Work…

The spirit of the new year and new beginnings is alive and well here at Liberian Mission, and our afternoon program really reflects a collected effort to strengthen our core values.  But, we have a lot of fun, too! We play volleyball, soccer, kickball, and even basketball sometimes! There are many ways for us to enhance the quality of our lives; and for that opportunity, we give all thanks and glory to God!

2018 Impact Report

2018 was a year of celebration in honor of our 15th year serving the poorest of the poor in Liberia, West Africa. In addition to our anniversary festivities the year was marked by many accomplishments.

Thank you for making all this possible:

God

  • St. Michael’s, our chapel, was open 24/7 for prayer and quiet time with Jesus.

  • Weekly Mass attendance has grown to 85.

  • Liberia Mission students volunteered over 1200 service hours to the Blacktom Town community, visiting the sick, bereaved and elderly.

  • We welcomed our new parish priest, Fr. Yao, from the Missionary order of St. Paul.

Education

  • Our school had an enrollment of 470 students with 53% girls and 47% boys.

  • 100% of our students received some type of financial aid.

  • We broke ground and completed a new school bathroom, in a country where, according to UNICEF, only 56% of schools have functional sanitation facilities.

  • Liberia Mission Mission provided 41 full ride high school scholarships, with 6 students graduating in October.

  • We have 9 students in our university scholarship program, with the 6 who just graduated high school preparing for college entrance exams.

Work

  • 18 of our high school seniors did their internships at various companies and government departments around Liberia. The students were placed in jobs according to their area of study including Plumbing, Electrical, Drafting, Accounting, Agriculture, and Construction trades. They were placed in Bomi, Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Nimba and Montserrado counties. Six of our BWI seniors did their internships on the Mission.

  • Our student managed agriculture program brought in over $12,700. The program includes both animal and plant agriculture.

  • Our Student Work Program provided our students with hands-on training while improving the mission. The 2018 Student Work program projects included: building a new septic tank for the girl's dorm, replacing the water storage tanks, building the school bathroom, renovating the piggery and replacing ½ the roof, painting the school, fixing the church roof, welding the school fence, fixing all the dorm bathrooms, repairing and replacing all nonfunctioning electrical sockets, outlets and switches, and building a new garden fence.

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Thank you for another incredible year of service and growth. In the words of St. Francis, "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Thank you for helping us accomplish the impossible during 2018!

Looking Back: 15 Years with Liberia Mission

On November 3rd, we are celebrating our 15th anniversary! We are so grateful to God and to each member of our generous community who made our work possible all these years.

As a part of our anniversary celebration, we want to share four stories from our community members who have been a part of Liberia Mission since the start:

Meet Handful

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Handful is twenty two years old, Kpelle by tribe, and from Bong County, Liberia. He came to the mission with his sister, Sianneh, in 2003. They were orphans and among the first group of children to come to the mission. He attended St. Anthony of Padua and St. Kizito Catholic High School. He currently studies agriculture at the University of Liberia and works as a houseparent at the mission. Here is what he shared in an interview about his time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life? 
Liberia Mission has greatly impacted my life by providing me with a good education, knowledge of God, and the importance of hard work. When I was living with my auntie, she was unable to send me to school; so what Liberia Mission has done for me in terms of educations is really important.  Now I am an educated person—I know how to read, and I know about God. I also pride myself as a hard-working beneficiary of this great institution. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
I love the unity among everyone in the Liberia Mission community.  We achieve our goals together. Also, I love the structure and order of the day; Liberia Mission has really taught me how to be on time for scheduled activities and work.  Lastly, I love the great rules that are set in place, like Policy for the Protection of the Beneficiaries, that provide protection to all at the mission. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special? 
Amongst the many orphanages and mission homes in Liberia, it has one of the best schools in the country. Also, they are always protecting their beneficiaries, providing meals on time, and caring for everyone’s needs. If you take a look at most missions in Liberia, they are not working as well as Liberia Mission. 
What do you want to share with our supporters?
I want to take this time to express my gratitude to the donors of Liberia Mission.  They have been the ones who have been taking care of everyone here. I want to encourage them to continue and persevere because they are helping the youth of Liberia to get a good education. That education helps them to become important in society. 
What is a favorite memory you have at Liberia Mission?
During the Ebola crisis in 2015, I had the opportunity to speak on the BBC radio station about the measures we were taking at the time to prevent Ebola from coming onto the mission.  I really loved representing Liberia Mission to an international audience. 

Meet Uncle Nufea

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Augustine Nufea—known on the mission as “Uncle Nufea” first came on the mission as a security guard in 2003. He is Kpelle by tribe and from Lofa County. In 2008 he became employed a houseparent, a position he still holds today. He has been part of the Liberia Mission family as an employee since shortly after the mission began; we are grateful for his service! Here is what he shared in an interview about his time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life?
Liberia Mission has been providing me with a good job for many years. Through my earnings, I am able to support my family well. Before I had this job, it was hard for me to support my wife and children; and we had nothing. But with the job, I could send my children to school, and I could provide a place for my family to live. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
I really love how Liberia Mission pushes agricultural training here. Even though we may not fully provide all the necessary food that we eat, the children learn how provide for themselves little by little. I also really enjoy the workshops on child protection because I feel they help me to be a better houseparent. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special? 
During the war a lot of children lost their families. Liberia Mission came in and addressed this situation. Now a lot of children that were once at a disadvantage have really succeeded. They are going to high school and college. They are even traveling beyond Liberia to chase after their dreams. 
What do you want to share with our supporters?
I say “thank you” for bringing this program into our country. You have your own families in your country, but you always send something to take care of our children. These children would have gone nowhere without your help; some of them lost their families in the war, and there was no one else to take care of them. Our government is not able to fully address this issue. Thank you for helping our country. 

Meet Sianneh

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Sianneh is twenty-one years old, Kpelle by tribe, and from Bong County, Liberia. She came to the mission with her brother, Handful, in 2003. They were orphans and among the first group of children to come to the mission. She attended St. Anthony of Padua and is now studying plumbing at the Booker Washington Institute, Liberia’s premiere vocational high school. Here is what she shared in an interview about her time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life? 
Liberia Mission has given me so much: a spiritual life, an education, and a family. All of this that I have received from Liberia Mission has helped me to feel important in society. Honestly, Liberia Mission has impacted my life in more ways than I can count. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
I enjoy everything we do; but most especially, I enjoy the spirituality and the faith. I see that Jesus exists, and I see that there is true charity in a Christian faith. I feel that Liberia Mission has helped me understand this. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special? 
Liberia Mission is special because of its charity. It recognizes the burden that poor families are unable to bear, and it takes it up freely.
 Would you like to say anything to our supporters? 
I would like to thank the donors of Liberia Mission because without them, Liberia Mission wouldn’t be what it is today. It is through their support, help, love and care that we are all here—the children AND the workers. They are the cause of this unity, the cause of this Liberia Mission family. 
 What is a favorite memory you have at Liberia Mission? 
I cannot forget Ma Helena. She is one of the best people that I have ever met. She was a housemother that taught me, my brother, and most of the kids, about the faith. She truly made us understand it. Because of her I can proudly say that I am a woman today. May her soul rest in peace. 

Meet "Grandma"

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Martha Quoi—known on the mission as “Grandma”—has been a cook for Liberia Mission since 2005. She is Mano by tribe and from Nimba County, Liberia. The students affectionately call her Grandma because of her kindness, generosity, and good cooking! Here is what she shared in an interview about her time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life? 
As I always say, Liberia Mission is helping me. If I am sad and having difficulties in my own life, Liberia Mission helps me to resolve my problems with its support. Even when I am happy, Liberia Mission is still willing to help. I also am deeply impacted and touched by the help they are giving to our Liberian youth. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
As an employee, I really appreciate having a ward I can send to school. Liberia Mission allows me to send one of my children, or a child in my extended family, to St. Anthony School—free of charge. I am grateful for this because Liberia Mission not only helps me, but also my family. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special?
I don’t have much experience with other missions in this country, but I do know that Liberia Mission is doing an exceptional job. The children are eating three healthy meals a day—almost unheard of in this country. We also have a nurse on the mission. When the children get sick, they receive treatment immediately, not common in Liberia. 
What would you like to share with our supporters?
I just want to say thank you very much. Anything that is done on the mission is because of your effort and your donations. You are doing an extremely good job for our people!  
What is a favorite memory you have at Liberia Mission? 
I don’t have a specific memory in mind, but I always love the times when we have special events.  When that type of day comes around, the mission does a really good job to make sure we have a good time. We get to eat good food, listen to music, and relax. I really love those big days!

We would not be here without you! We say prayers of gratitude for God’s faithfulness and your generous support that make stories like these possible. To continue supporting our work, please give to our 15 Kids for 15 Years campaign Go Fund Me campaign. Thank you for making Liberia Mission the safe, loving community it is today.