Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016: Humboldt County Resident Travels To Greece To Help Syrian Refugees. Host Corinne Frugoni Talks With Sierra Leash About The Importance Of Volunteer Work.

Daily news bombards us with descriptions of the plight of refugees leaving war-torn, poverty stricken areas in the world desperately trying to migrate to safer countries. In 2015 more than 1 million refugees had entered Europe by the Mediterranean Sea or from Turkey into Bulgaria or Greece on foot. Eureka resident Sierra Leash felt compelled to help.  She joined Carry the Future, a Glendale, CA based nonprofit organization that provides baby carriers to refugees and in January, 2016 made the 25 hour plane ride to Greece on her own dime.   While there she was able to welcome Syrian refugees arriving by boat and hand out baby carriers and other supplies to make their arrival a little smoother.  The people she met were full of hope.  ctfteam5-3090-650x530She returned to Greece again in March to find that borders between Greece and other countries had been closed and the mood of the migrants more desperate and despairing.

Prior to the war and devastation, Syria had a fairly good standard of living and many of the refugees had stable jobs and professions, extended families, secure housing. Now, thousands live in tent cities, overcrowded with minimal hygienic facilities, little or no education and no jobs waiting for an opening in the closed barbed wire and guarded borders.640px-an_aerial_view_of_the_zaatri_refugee_camp

Sierra is an activist. Back at home in Eureka she is finding creative ways to help refugees find a dignified path to new lives.  And as much time that she has devoted  to helping people abroad she also devotes to volunteering at local non- profits such as Food for People in Eureka.  Active, compassionate and generous volunteering is a way of life for this citizen of the world.

If you’re interested in participating in aid projects that Sierra is participating in, you can contact her at

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