New Wheels For Barrie
Team Member: Alison Schafer
Karen Homer wrote -
Barrie Mohamed is a Freetown taxi driver extraordinaire. Throughout the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, he went the extra mile to host and care for his expat clients, helping to ensure our safety. His gentle kindness and above-and-beyond customer service impressed all who rode in Barrie's battered cab. Honest, hardworking, humble. Just a few of the many attributes to describe this husband and father of two young children.
Ebola did not infect everyone in Sierra Leone, but it did affect everyone. Ebola survivors have attracted much well-deserved media attention, but the plight of the working poor like Barrie rarely makes the front page. Barrie is thankful that Ebola is gone now, but so are many of his regular expat clients. His rusting taxi breaks down daily, but Barrie can't afford the repairs. Without the car, he has no means of making an income.
Barrie has a vision to build his business. He wants to transport visitors outside of Freetown to sites such as River #2 Beach and beyond. But he needs new wheels to make this happen.
We're appealing to families and friends to help us thank Barrie for his outstanding service and faithful friendship throughout the Ebola crisis. Will you help us send a "sleigh" to "Sweet Salone" this season?