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Liberia Mission's Summer Work Program

Nupuwo, one of our graduating high school students, is seen here as he makes renovations to the St. Isidore Piggery.

Nupuwo, one of our graduating high school students, is seen here as he makes renovations to the St. Isidore Piggery.

The Summer Work Program at Liberia Mission is an annual employment opportunity for some of our sponsored high school students.  We have different projects every summer which we hire students to do, giving them income and job experience while helping us beautify the campus. The money that the students earn helps them to purchase books and school supplies for the upcoming academic year.  They also learn valuable, practical work skills in the process. All of the funding for the projects comes from the generosity of our sponsors.

Olena and Ezekiel know that teamwork is the key to getting the job done well…and fast!

Olena and Ezekiel know that teamwork is the key to getting the job done well…and fast!

Summer Work is back in 2019, and as the Liberians say, “We nah make it lazy, O!”—in other words, we’re working hard!  We have various projects that are nearing completion this summer, namely the production of over 450 new desks for the students of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School and the painting of the school and mission buildings.  We are also making minor renovations to our piggery and maintaining the crops on our farm.  There are always many challenges, such as heavy rainfall (it is the heart of the rainy season), or a malfunctioning generator; but we know that if we work together, we will always pull through in the end.

Ben is seen here showing Kokulo and Alfred the correct way to use the planer.

Ben is seen here showing Kokulo and Alfred the correct way to use the planer.

            This past year, we noticed that many of our school desks were in disrepair.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors and benefactors, we were able to purchase good, quality wood and power tools necessary to get the job done well.  Our students who knew how to use the tools instructed those who did not on how to operate them.  It has been a fun, collaborative effort to plane, sand, and assemble the pieces of wood into what will soon become new desks for their brothers and sisters.

Precious is helping the others paint our library.

Precious is helping the others paint our library.

            Meanwhile, we have also begun painting our school and mission buildings.  The walls of St. Anthony can become quite dirty during the school year, so we make the effort every year to give them all a fresh coat of paint.  In addition to the school buildings, we have painted our security booth, library, and dining hall.  Again, our students have been working together toward a common goal; and in addition to the money they make and the service they provide, they also learn the benefits and joys of teamwork.

Matthew is “brushing” on the farm. Brushing is the Liberian term for cutting the grass.

Matthew is “brushing” on the farm. Brushing is the Liberian term for cutting the grass.

            There are always many other small jobs and maintenance tasks that are required to keep the mission operational, and our summer workers are called upon to fulfill these tasks as they arise.  In addition to minor electrical and plumbing work, our students also helped maintain our piggery and farm by brushing (Liberian term for cutting the grass) and feeding our pigs.  There is never a lack of work at Liberia Mission!

St. Anthony of Padua recently resumed classes, and the students are sooo happy with their new desks!

St. Anthony of Padua recently resumed classes, and the students are sooo happy with their new desks!

All of these projects and renovations would not be possible without the gifts of our donors. YOU make our vocational program possible and are directly impacting the lives of our student workers. We are so grateful. If you would like to support our summer work program, you can make a gift and note that it is for our work program in the "Gift Note" box. Thank you to each person who shares in our lives and makes the work of LMI a reality everyday.