Since their rescue, and the rescue of the BRESMA orphans from earthquake-ravaged Haiti in January, I have kept in regular contact with Jamie and Ali McMutrie. Our meetings usually take place over dinner at Las Velas with Jonathan Wander and often involve a few margaritas, lots of laughs, and plenty of held-back tears.
I always want to keep you all updated as to what’s going on with the girls, because your help was so instrumental in spreading the word that lit the fire that got them and the children rescued.
Some big news!
1. They are in the final stages of the land purchase — land that will one day house Jamie and Ali’s very own orphanage. This land purchase will be finalized when the girls return to Haiti early next month. Here are Ali (left) and Jamie standing on what will be soon be their new Haitian home, resting on five acres of land approximately 19 miles north of the heart of Port au Prince, Haiti.
2. While in Haiti these past few weeks, Jamie and Ali spent some time with the Lansdown family who then made a donation that was double-matched by Newmont Mining Corporation, bringing the total donation to $250,000. That will go a ways toward helping Jamie and Ali meet their fundraising goal to build their orphanage through their 501c3, Haitian Orphan Rescue.
Here are Jamie and Ali standing with (from left) Rich Harris and Lisa Harris of The Road to Hope, which has raised over $70,000 for Haitian Orphan Rescue and will be facilitating the new $250,000 donation, Guy Lansdown, Jason Lansdown, Nicola Lansdown, Ryan Lansdown, Rachel Harris, and Zach Harris.
3. One thing Jamie and Ali are very excited about is that the land is very fertile. This fertility, in addition to the fact that the land is in a perfect spot for a well (a high water table and far enough away from the ocean), will allow their new orphanage to be self-sustaining.
4. Another exciting thing is that their orphanage will be highly secure and built to American building codes. Particularly interesting is that it is being engineered to withstand another earthquake. This is thanks in part to the incredible generosity of a few local companies who are working with Haitian Orphan Rescue to build the new orphanage:
- Chester Engineering
- Massaro Construction
- Tasso Katselas, Architect
If you know or see or meet someone from one of these companies, do me a favor and give them a giant pat on the back for what they’re doing. Hell, hug ’em.
Those companies will be working with Tecina SA, a construction company in Haiti.
5. Jamie and Ali are currently spending a great deal of time working in Haiti, weeks at a time in fact, and have been assisting in the care of several children there by providing food, supplies, and other necessities. Here are a few pictures they said I could share with you:
Just so many exciting things happening for them and I’m so happy to be able to share them with you.
I’ll keep you updated as I can.