The year 2012 has come, gone and ushered in 2013, in which many people have adopted personal and general resolutions or plans that would guide their life journey.
Because efforts made by individuals and institutions in society cannot go unnoticed, the Management of In Profile Daily has captured key personalities whose contributions in 2012 impacted and continue impact society and the living standards of Liberians. This exercise is intended to bid 2012 a farewell as we enter the New Year.
In today's edition,we are featuringas companies of the year 2012: Firestone-Liberia, Chevron Oil Company
Firestone-Liberia “Company of the Year”
Firestone-Liberia, a long-time rubber company in Liberia, besides its immense contribution to economic growth and development, the broke records in 2012 because a student in the company’s school system scored Division I in the West African exams after another student of the school system took similar position in 2011. This, we believe is remarkable, and also demonstrates that the company was satisfying the instructors. Also during the year 2012, Firestone-Liberia widened its scholarship programs as its continuous efforts to Liberia’s human resource development.
During the year under review, Firestone, in collaboration with an American medical team, Children's Surgery International (CSI), carried out major surgeries at Duside Hospital in Harbel on two occasions. This was the medical team's fourth mission at the Firestone Medical Center where in close collaboration with their Firestone counterparts, performed 128 free surgical procedures on children who have suffered different kinds of facial and pediatric deformities.
The Firestone Hospital currently treats over 9,000 patients each month. In addition, Firestone Liberia is partnering with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and UNICEF to store and administer vaccines that help prevent Liberians from range of diseases. The hospital also works with the Ministry of Health for the control of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Also, Firestone-Liberia assisted farmers in other counties by providing materials and rubber stumps to increase rubber production in the country as well as creating more job opportunities for Liberians.
Based on the efforts mentioned supra, we are convinced that Firestone-Liberia is out Company of the Year 2012.
Cheveron “Company of the Year”
Chevron, an American oil giant, is our Company of the Year 2012. During the year under review, Chevron assisted the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), to clean-up the Mesurado River. The company commenced giving facelift to the stretch of Mesurado River between Slipway and Sinkor and continued with the mangrove swamp in the Congo Town Community.
Such as project, we believe has reduced the risk of malaria and other illnesses from the constant pollution of the river and communities because the Mesurado River was being used as the defecation site for many Monrovians, especially those living along its banks.
Chevron provided sporting materials, valued at US$300,000.00, to YMCA,
Chevron is partnering with the Liberian government, national and international nongovernmental organizations and donors to deliver sustainable economic benefits to women, children and youth. Its efforts are focused on education, enterprise development and health. Some of the projects that have been implemented include:
Nationwide immunization against measles for more than 550,000 children, Installation of modern, community latrines, renovation of the Children Under Five Clinic at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, an upgrade of general medicine, gynecology and maternity wards at Redemption Hospital, Improved access to reproductive health services for vulnerable families in the under-served communities of Grand Bassa, Seed capital for the Monrovia City Corporation to build the city's first green space/park area; install litter bins citywide and set up a recycling center in a slum
Microfinance grants for women's groups and improvements to three local markets run by women that together serve more than 100,000 people; a three-year Mercy Corps program for more than 2,400 youth that offers vocational training, mentoring, grants and micro franchising, a system that replicates successful small businesses. A Youth Action International program that trained more than 300 women in beading, food catering, cosmetology and tailoring and taught them how to market their products locally and internationally
At Booker Washington Institute, a fully furnished computer lab for vocational training and state of the art equipment for carpentry workshops
A YMCA computer training program that educates more than 2,000 young people annually Computers, printers and Internet access for a YMCA youth center that now serves an average of 200 students per day. An information technology training computer lab—the first in the country—at Stella Maris Polytechnic Institute that provides more than 2,000 students with computer training. Some receive training and testing to become Cisco-certified IT professionals
In early 2012, Chevron announced a five-year agreement with Texas Children's Hospital of Houston, Texas, to expand the hospital's Global Health Corps Initiative. The program brings American doctors to the most medically underserved populations in Africa to provide pediatric and maternal health care and professional health care training. Through this program, specialists sponsored by Chevron serve assignments at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.