Who’s that? That’s my nephew on the evening he handed Jamie and Ali a check for $1,200.
He gets a HELL of an allowance.
Except not. He is a second-grader and he’s been very aware of BRESMA since day one. One day shortly after the orphans arrived in Pittsburgh, he asked his principal if he could collect loose change and give it to BRESMA, and the principal said yes and my nephew wrote a letter to the kids in the school to take home to their parents. That Friday morning he stood by a big blue box in the school hallway and collected $1,200 worth of coins and bills from his classmates.
I know. You don’t have to tell me.
So, I’ve been promising a BRESMA update for a day or so now, but as always, like Haiti, the situation is fluid and at times chaotic.
Here’s what’s happening now:
- The children are now moved to a different orphanage and that means that they are no longer living in tents in the driveway. They continue to be cared for and their health is improving, as it had already improved dramatically once Jamie and Ali showed up to care for them.
- In the meantime, Jamie and Ali are continuing to fight the United States Department of State to get them to make an exception that would allow these children to be joined with the families they are matched with in Colorado, families that are waiting for them. The children have permission from the Haitian government to leave the country and go to the United States. It is the State Department that is saying “No.”
- There have been 4 aftershocks in the last 48 hours so you can understand why Jamie and Ali want to get those kids to America where they can be sure they’re safe from crumbling buildings.
- Gary Tuchman from CNN was at the orphanage and met with Jamie and Ali for over an hour the other day to get their story.
- Currently Jamie and Ali are still in Haiti and are in a holding pattern waiting for updates. They will base their next move depending on what they hear.
If you’d like to do something now, you can continue to email and call the elected officials and let them know that you haven’t forgotten about these children and that neither should they.
So that’s where it’s at. We’ll keep you posted and let you know as soon as we have a way for you to help, but for now, the children are better off than they were a week ago, thanks to Jamie and Ali, and that is a small victory itself. However, it is their long-term prospects that Jamie and Ali continue to fight for.
So many of you took the time to call and write the politicians, and we can’t thank you enough for that. You’re the best. All of you.