Through prayer, relationship-building and sharing of resources, the Wheaton Franciscans collaborate with organizations whose mission and priorities are similar to ours. We focus primarily on the following areas: care of creation; health and dental in underserved areas; refugees and immigrants; women and children in vulnerable situations; and other purposes that align with our values. We are currently connected to nearly 100 organizations.
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The Bethany Land Institute (BLI) is a non-profit U.S. organization founded by the Ugandan Catholic priest Fr. Emmanuel Katongole. BLI prepares Uganda local communities’ leaders by teaching them sustainable farming techniques, marketing, and leadership skills. The heart of BLI is the Caretaker program, an intensive two-year residential program where students, called Caretakers, train in farming, agroforestry, agrobusiness, and personal/spiritual formation. While the three learning centers of BLI, Mary’s Farm, Martha’s Market, and Lazarus’ Forest, are open to visitors, they are also the Caretaker’s training arenas.