First Officer Helps Fight Poverty

Alaska Airlines First Officer Helps Fight Poverty With Model Eco-village in Liberia

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Los Angeles-based First Officer Peter Gbelia may fly jets for a living, but the focus of his life is helping people on the other side of the world rise out of desperate poverty.

Gbelia spends most of his free time trying to help people in African villages and cities build new, sustainable communities. Empowerment Society International (ESI), a nonprofit organization he founded, recently partnered with the Ecosa Institute to design a model eco-village in Duayee, Liberia, starting in January.

Gbelia, who lives in the Phoenix area and is working on a master’s degree in sustainable development from Arizona State University, has a connection to the war-torn country that dates to his childhood, when he lived there with his father… Article continued at