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Beaver County Times: Rescue mission leaves Pittsburgh for Haiti orphanage

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

By: Michael Pound

Beaver County Times
 

For a week, a Haitian orphanage run by two Ben Avon sisters has been in the national spotlight as family members pressured government officials to help the women get their orphans out of the earthquake-ravaged country.

Their work apparently has paid off — by early today, the sisters and as many as 61 children from the BRESMA Orphanage could be landing at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The plight of Jamie and Ali McMutrie and the children at the Port-au-Prince orphanage became national news since last week’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed their building. As supplies became tight — at one point they even ran out of water — and some of the children became ill, family members and friends in the Pittsburgh mounted a campaign using online social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about the sisters and their charges.

The campaign paid off, attracting the attention of, among others, U.S. Reps. Jason Altmire, D-4, McCandless Township, and Gov. Ed Rendell, both of whom were on a plane that left Pittsburgh around noon Monday, according to WPXI-TV. That plane carried medical and other supplies provided by Brother’s Brother Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based international relief organization; once the supplies are off-loaded, it is scheduled to return with the McMutrie sisters and a number of the children from the orphanage.

Those making the trip also include two doctors and a physician assistant from the West Penn Allegheny Health System, according to spokesman Dan Laurent.

“They’ll be checking out the children to see who needs what kinds of treatment when they arrive here,” Laurent said Monday afternoon. “At this point, we don’t know what we’ll be dealing with.”
 

To read more visit the Beaver County Times website.

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