Saving the Bresma Orphans of Haiti
In the middle of the chaos in Haiti sits an orphanage. It houses 150 children and is run by two young American girls from Pittsburgh. 30 of those children are in the process of being adopted by American families; before the earthquake they were waiting for their paperwork to be processed, but now they're waiting for a miracle.
The two sisters running the orphanage have a sister and some amazing friends who have been doing everything in their power to get these kids to safety.
They need water. They need food. They need diapers and formula. But more importantly they need to get out of Haiti.
Yesterday, emergency Visas were secured for each of the children and an awe inspiring grassroots and social media campaign was launched to get these kids to the States. A call was put out for each adoptive family to make itself known. A call was put out for donations. And a call was put out for a plane to get them all out.
Tweets and Facebook messages flew around the Internet last night. Celebrities were pinged again, and again, and again. "Do you have a plane? Do you know someone who has a plane?" It was a crazy message, but it was heard. Alyssa Milano tweeted the message to her 600,000 followers. Neil Gaiman sent it out to his 1.4 million. Planes are being found.
Today a new message is going around. "Do you have your passport in hand? Can you come to Haiti to help us get these kids to safety?"
And people are responding. They're calling into work to say they won't be in today. They're asking where to go. They have their passports in hand and they're going to help bring some babies to their new homes.Continued on the next page