“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis Home and School has an exciting announcement! Our 2018 Initiative has launched, already providing aid to the distressed children of the Volta Region, our highest priority, through key efforts all focused on our primary, complementary objectives of nutrition, healthcare, education.

The 2018 Initiative includes starting a small-scale farm to feed those children who are afflicted with HIV and are lacking adequate nutrition. Our farm will include Aquaponics fish tanks raising Tilapia. A Pre-K classroom will be the first step toward our planned K-9 school. The PFHS van will provide transportation to the children who are unable to get to Margaret Marquart Catholic Hospital for their weekly injections. Individually and together, these steps, however incremental towards our larger goal, provide much-needed, immensely helpful support to the children we serve.

We are also very pleased to announce that Bright Akyere has accepted the position of Project Manager. Bright is a dynamic young leader with a passion to serve. Bright is a native of the Volta Region, where he grew up on his family’s farm. He is a lifelong Catholic and a youth group leader in his local parish. Bright and his wife Rose are the proud parents of two-year-old Eric.

I will be returning to the Volta Region in March for 30 days. During that time, I will be assisting Bright as we move toward building a permanent home for the children who are under the healthcare of the Sisters of Mary. With thanks to our generous donors, we are currently serving the poorest of the poor and the sickest of the sick with monthly sponsorships. Dozens of children are on the waiting list. The journey to build Pope Francis Home and School continues. Please consider a donation to PFHS. All donations are tax-deductible. Please visit our website,, for more information and to donate directly.

We are gratified in the work already being done, hopeful for the eventual impact a permanent residence and school will have, and ever thankful for your involvement.

Michael Barry
239-450- 0348

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