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Haitian Orphans in Urgent Need of Airplane

b3d2446d18d8ab760dd310ee7ef46030jpegA group of orphans in Haiti were waiting to be adopted by American families when the quake hit. The children, and the two American women who care for them, survived the quake.

They’re now sharing in the fate of the country: no water, no food, no security from violence should riots break out in their area.

Several mommy bloggers have taken up their cause, using their platform to get attention for these kids and the families hoping to welcome them home.

Ginny from That’s Church has spearheaded the effort. She’s worked with legislators to secure permission for the children to enter the country and is trying to find them a plane.

A plane?

That’s a pretty ambitious undertaking.

They’re hoping to evacuate 150 kids from the orphanage along with the two young Americans caring for them. Jamie McMutrie, 30 and her sister Ali McMutrie, 21, are run the BRESMA orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

After the quake, the McMurtrie sisters went to the American Embassy for help. They were given the opportunity to leave the country, but no means to get the kids out. They chose to go back to the orphanage and try to save the children they’d been caring for.

They are sleeping in the yard outside their damaged building with 150 kids. Like most of Haiti, they lack food, water and medical supplies.

The tragedy in Haiti after this week’s earthquake is so large it’s impossible to get your head around it. At least if you’re me. Around here, we’ve all texted our lunch money to the Red Cross or another charitable organization and bitten our nails to the quick wondering what else we can do to help.

Here’s one small story with a hopeful but not yet happy ending.

If you can help these kids get the help they need, contact Ginny at virginia[at]thatschurch[dot]com.

What unusual stories of generosity or heroism have you seen this week? How has your community gone beyond financial donations to help the people in Haiti?

Photo: That’s Church

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