The primary project of Franciscan Works is Liberia Mission, Inc., which began in 2003. Located in West Africa, Liberia Mission is a community of love, learning, work and prayer. Here, over 500 poor and orphaned children, survivors of Liberia's brutal civil war and Ebola, are learning to become future leaders in their families, communities, and country. Liberia Mission provides education and residential support to desperately poor children who traditionally have few, if any, formal learning opportunities.

Liberia Mission consists of a secure 10-acre campus and an adjoining 15-acre farm property. The main campus houses St. Anthony of Padua School, St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, separate residence buildings for boys and girls, and accommodations for program managers and American volunteers.

The school is staffed by Liberian administrators and teachers, and accredited by the Liberian Education Council and the Ministry of Education. Liberian houseparents, cooks and security guards staff the residential program.  Altogether, over 35 Liberians are employed in some aspect of the Liberia Mission project.  A small contingent of Americans provides overall coordination and policy guidance.

Liberia Mission's motto is "God, Education, Work."Find out how we fulfill each part of this mission below.  

 
 

LORD, MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF THY PEACE. WHERE THERE IS HATRED, LET ME SOW LOVE. -FRANCIS OF ASSISI
 

We are a Catholic organization with Franciscan roots. We believe that children should grow not only in their mind and body, but in their spirit. Therefore, we offer Catholic education, guide our students in daily prayers, provide student community service opportunities and celebrate together liturgical holidays throughout the year.

Our students love sharing their faith through serving their community. In 2017, our students completed over 3000 hours of service! We love how generous they are as they grow in their faith every day. 

 
 

LIBERIA MISSION IS DEDICATED TO OFFERING EDUCATION ACCESS FOR IMPOVERISHED STUDENTS IN LIBERIA.

82% of the poorest primary aged children in Liberia are out of school and we provide scholarships and tuition subsidies to make it possible for these students to attend. We offer K-9th grade education on Liberia Mission and then sponsor the ongoing education of students in local high school and universities.

Want to learn why education is so important for our community? Check out the video below or our blog post, Why Education MattersWant to help a child have access to our program? Become a Student Sponsor!

Why We Teach Girls

 
 

Liberia Mission is dedicated to providing job skills training for our students.

We do this through our piggery micro-business, farm and summer work program. Through each of these, we engage our students in the work of the mission and teach them practical skills about fields like animal husbandry, farming, painting, and maintenance. This provides the tools they needs to find employment after their schooling. Want to support our work program? Become a piggery sponsor!