Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Haiti Update: BRESMA orphans and McMutrie Sisters Are Safe


This morning 53 of the 150 children at BRESMA orphanage and one of the McMutrie sisters, Ali, arrived safely in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to great celebration. Jamie McMutrie will be arriving soon with one last child who had gone missing and she had stayed behind to find. They have been granted a two year humanitarian visa. 47 of the children had already been in various stages of adoption to the U.S., Canada, and Spain before the quake, and 7 are to be placed. The balance of the children at BRESMA were similarly evacuated to France and the Netherlands, where they had also been in the process of being placed before the quake struck.They were accompanied by Gov. Rendell and members of Congress and a host of medical personnel.

To say that this is a unique situation is a gross understatement! The unfolding of this story involved a inspiring and at times flawed marshaling of human power through networking channels, most notably through social media networks.
There will be a lot of lessons to be learned from the situation, but for now two American women and a vast network of supporters inspired by their passion moved mountains and over one hundred Haitian children are on their way to the arms of their new families.

To learn more:
www.pghcomet.blogspot.com (a Must read behind the scenes look at what was happening to make this a reality from a key player)
www.2politicaljunkies.blogspot.com (local Pittsburgh blog--excellent and tight reporting)

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