Global Samaritan Resources is changing the way doctors save lives through transportation. In six months to a year, the Abilene-based nonprofit organization will provide eight motorcycles to countries such as Zambia, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Philippines.
The motorcycles were donated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and are in the process of repair. After the motorcycles are repaired, doctors and other missionary teams will use them for transportation from one village to the next. These motorcycles can also help transport goods such as food, clothing and purified water to other villages and cities worldwide.
Since the earthquake in Haiti, the debris has made it difficult for missionaries, doctors and citizens to travel quickly and efficiently.
“There were no substantial roads so what they did was build tracks around the rubble,” said Ed Enzor, alumni of Abilene Christian University and director of operations at GSR.
By using these motorcycles, they will be able to assist those in need in a more timely manner, Enzor said.
The contribution has inspired people from around the nation to support the cause. A motorcycle group from Tucson, Ariz., called The Christian Motorcyclists Association was especially impressed with what GSR was doing. They immediately began to put their engineering skills to the test when they saw the amount of repair the motorcycles needed.
“They walked in and saw the motorcycles and said ‘Wow!’ and they just went to work,” Enzor said.
Global Samaritan works internationally to respond to natural disasters and has found many ways to connect to developing countries that experience them. They help the missionaries there by supplying them with supplies they can use to help other people.