Tuesday, January 19, 2010
53 orphans from Haiti are being welcomed to Pittsburgh this morning. Their rescue flight is arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport at this time. The children are from the orphanage where Ben Avon sisters Ali and Jamie McMutrie are caregivers. Their building was damaged in last week's devastating earthquake but the children were not hurt. The sisters have been working to get the children evacuated from Haiti. The organizations of today's rescue mission involved the efforts of Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Jason Altmire and UPMC. The orphans will be taken to Children's Hospital for medical evaluation and then placed in group homes to await adoption. Many were well into the adoption process even before the earthquake struck. 100 children from their orphanage in Haiti are being cared for by Dutch and French agencies.