53 Haitian orphans flown into Pennsylvania, championed by sisters Alisa & Jamie McMutrie, Gov Rendell

53 Haitian orphans flown into Pennsylvania; led by sisters Alisa McMutrie,  Jamie McMutrie and Gov. Ed Rendell

Special to USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com

The humanitarian drive to tackle the many problems in Haiti and for Haitians took a great, heart-warming turn a few minutes ago when a plane carrying 53 of Haitian orphans landed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were accompanied by doctors, some members of congress and some Haitian adults.

The AP reports that “two local (Pittsburgh) women who have been caring for them for years hope to finalize their adoptions and place them with American families…. Details of the operation to rescue them and their American caretakers, sisters Jamie and Alison McMutrie, have been kept quiet since a charity relief flight left Pennsylvania on Monday for the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.”  (Associated Press writers Joe Mandak, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, in Pittsburgh, and Peter Jackson, in Harrisburg, Pa., contributed the quoted section of his report.)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, has announced that in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, there is an easing of requirements and procedures to help orphans into the U.S from Haiti, on a temporary basis.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to help reunite families in Haiti during this very difficult time,” noted Napolitano in a news release. “While we remain focused on family reunification in Haiti, authorizing the use of humanitarian parole for orphans who are eligible for adoption in the United States will allow them to receive the care they need here.”


  1. Hello, my name is Jennifer Douglas and I am very touched by your story. My husband and I are very serious about wanting to grow our family with one or two more siblings. I would love any information that you have that could help us. I think that I read that there where 7 children that do not have families awaiting. I would love for the chance to show and give them all the love that we have to offer. If you have any information can you please pass it along. We are so hopeful about this and it just feels right.

    Thanks for you time and help,

    Jennifer and Brian Douglas

  2. It's a shame that it takes the flattening of an entire city to bring attention to the plight of orphans in Haiti. There are a great many organizations helping orphans at home and abroad year round with little support or media coverage.

    One such organization is http://www.ForgottenVoices.org, mostly comprised of volunteers this nonprofit faithfully provides care to children orphaned by AIDS in southern Africa. This is just one of the many organization out there. If everyone gave a little or volunteered a little with similar organizations the impact on communities around the world would be unbelievable.

  3. I want to know how My husband and I could adopt a little girl from Haiti

    we have been thinking about it for a while and now feels right

    we were both moved my the news and we saw the babys that featured your orphanage please help me find the daughter we have always wanted


    cynthia and Albert Garza