One week ago today an earthquake hit the country of Haiti with a magnitude of 7.0. More than 3 million people have been affected by the earthquake and it’s been estimated that more than 100,000 people may have died.
I’ve been keeping up to date on this terrible disaster since last week and been saddened by some of the stories I’ve been reading. One of the saddest things about this terrible situation is the number of children who’ve become orphaned. Alot of children lost their parents in the earthquake. What will happen to them?
I was on the treadmill in the gym today at work and I was watching one story on television about dozens of children from Haiti who arrived in Pittsburgh, PA. The children are from an orphanage that was damaged in the quake. The children’s adoption cases were already in process before the earthquake occurred.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CNN) — More than 50 Haitian children — rescued from an orphanage damaged by last week’s earthquake –arrived Tuesday in Pennsylvania, most of them headed eventually to adoptive homes.
Gov. Edward Rendell, who traveled to Haiti to accompany the orphans back to his state, said the 53 children from the Bresma Orphanage in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince were flown to Florida on an Air Force C-17 transport plane. The group was then transferred to another plane to fly to Pittsburgh International Airport, he said at a news conference at the airport.
Another child is to arrive in Pittsburgh late Tuesday or Wednesday, Rendell said. Ali McMutrie, a Pittsburgh-area woman who ran the orphanage with her sister, Jamie, said her sister will accompany the 54th orphan.
“The children are incredible. They’re doing so great. I was more upset at the airplane ride than any of them,” said McMutrie, who also was at the briefing.
Most of the children’s adoption cases were at the end of the bureaucratic process before the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck.
According to Rendell, adoption cases are under way for 47 of the children. Of these, 40 will be U.S. adoptions, four children will go to Spain and three to Canada. Adoptive parents will be sought for the remaining seven children.
I was happy to read that these children will have a home and family to look forward to.
If you’re interested on donating to an organization to help the people of Haiti, check out the site Network for Good. This site has links to various charitable organizations. You can also check out Impact Your World at CNN.com.
My prayers go out to the people of Haiti and all the volunteers.