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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.

Liberia Mission's Summer Work Program

Students digging for irrigation on LMI grounds. 

Students digging for irrigation on LMI grounds. 

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.

Students working on our cucumber crop. 

Students working on our cucumber crop. 

The students began the program this year with a general clean-up of the property.  They organized piles of old tin roofing and did a LOT of brushing (Liberian term for cutting the grass).  From there, some of the students began to clear and cultivate the land for planting new crops. Our goal is to drastically reduce money spent on produce at the local market by supplying our own fruits and vegetables through the agriculture program.  By God's grace, we will cut costs while also teaching the students valuable farming skills.

The St. Isidore Piggery, another vocational training program that teaches the students how to raise pigs and bring them to market, has also received some major renovations. The roof has been repaired and extended, giving better, much-needed protection to the pigs during the heavy downpours experienced in the Liberian rainy season. The walls have also been repaired with cement, scrubbed, and painted, so that the piggery upholds the standard of cleanliness that it is well known for.

This is St. Isadore's Piggery before its rennovations. 

This is St. Isadore's Piggery before its rennovations. 

Our capital work project this summer is the construction of new bathrooms for St. Anthony of Padua School.  We have 450 students, 20 school workers and only 4 toilets. The current bathroom was built when we only had an elementary school. It has 2 toilets for the girls, 1 for the boys, and 1 for the teachers.  

One of our students at Booker Washington Institute drafted the plans for the new facility. The girls’ bathroom will have 7 toilets and 5 sinks; the boys’ bathroom will have 4 urinals, 3 toilets, and 5 sinks.  There will also be running water throughout! The teachers will remain in the old bathroom, allowing the students to take full advantage of the new facilities.

Our student Jacob is seen here drawing up blueprints for our bathroom construction project. He is studying drafting at Booker Washington Institute and gains practical experience through our summer work program. 

Our student Jacob is seen here drawing up blueprints for our bathroom construction project. He is studying drafting at Booker Washington Institute and gains practical experience through our summer work program. 

We are still in the foundation-digging phase, but we are moving along at a swift pace. The rain has been constant and heavy this July, and we have not been able to receive truckloads of river sand to mix with cement because the rivers are too high. We have not let this stop us, though! The students have been digging sand from our very own soccer field just so the work can go forward. Please pray that the rain lets up enough for us to receive the materials we need and to be able to work at a pace that will get the job done in time.

Students working on the bathroom foundation.

Students working on the bathroom foundation.

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.