Posts Tagged ‘west africa’

The plight of West Africa is something many of us are keenly familiar with—not necessary because we’ve surveyed it with our own eyes, but because we hear about it all the time on the news. In fact, we are so familiar with the situation in West Africa that we even know a lot of the celebrities and political figures who champion the cause—including everyone from Brad Pitt to Bono! But there’s one vitally important name that belongs on that list, and it’s one you may not have been familiar with before. You can probably guess that it’s none other than Lord Neil Gibson.

Actually, Lord Neil Gibson served, from 1998 through 2000, as the Ambassador at Large to West Africa, and here he implemented a rather remarkable system for bringing relief items to those in need:

It all started with a rather incredible stroke of genius—a partnership with Firestone Tire Company. Firestone owns a major rubber plantation in Liberia, and they ship rubber to the United States in large shipping containers. (more…)