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.