Dive to Thrive: AliJumps

Ali McMutrie's biggest fear is heights. On Friday, May 24, she's going to leap from 13,500 feet for children in Haiti. Help her conquer her fear for GOOD.
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Vivian Lee Croft
Community
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
3 Team Members

Over the past three years, more than 1000 Pittsburgh Donors have helped hundreds of Haitian families change their lives.

 

I'm Ali McMutrie. My sister Jamie and I founded Haitian Families First in 2010 in order to nurture and empower families in despair through emotional, social, and financial support, ensuring children remain with their biological families and out of unnecessary institutions. 

I've dedicated the last ten years of my life to living and working in Haiti, helping the most desperate families through difficult times. I've seen fear on the face of a father losing his wife as she gives birth. I've seen fear on the face of a mother who isn't sure how she will cover the cost of sending either of her daughters to school. I've seen fear during one of the most devastating natural disasters. Yet, we press on. Haiti presses on. 

We strive to use every donation dollar for programming that will help lift a family from despair. We offer grassroots solutions that provide long-term sustainability to a community. Through education, health & wellness services, and nutritional counseling and assistance, we help Haitian families in need conquer their fears.

The people of Pittsburgh have been so great to us over the years; the city is truly a caring city. Our donors are people who strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to stay and live with their parents. Can you imagine not living at home with your parents as a child? Can you imagine, as a parent, having to give your child up due to sheer poverty? We can't!

The #AliJumps event might say she is conquering her fear of heights but what she is really conquering is keeping kids out of unnecessary orphanages. That's Ali's true fear! 

Are you someone who believes children should have the opportunity to live with their parents? If so, jump in with us as a member of HFF.

Haitian Families First in Action

Junia came to Haitian Families First (HFF) several years ago in a desperate situation. She was ready to place her 6-year-old daughter in an orphanage because she'd lost her job and was unable to care for both children. This caring mother felt hopeless. HFF worked with Junia to find options that would allow her to keep both children, which she desperately wanted to do. We provided Junia with a job in our organization and a steady paycheck, which enabled her to stabilize herself, keep her home, and put both children in school. A year later, while assisting a birthing mother in a hospital, Junia overheard a tragedy. A birthing mother next to her died but the baby boy survived. With no other relative to care for him, the child would have ben sent to an orphanage, or left to die. Strong Junia decided immediately to adopt Jeremie. Her family complete, Junia is a community leader and an employee of HFF who provides assistance to those in a situation that was once all too real for her.    

The Impact

Hundreds of families have been impacted by our work in myraid ways. From counseling and discussions of options that will stabilize the family, tutoring and schooling for kids and their parents, to assistance with medical care and treatment, we have proven that helping one child helps an entire family. 

  • Stabilizing a family protects the integrity of the community.

  • Educating a child grows the security of the country. 

  • Investing in human capital shapes the world. 

     

Other Ways You Can Help

You can share our website with your friends: 

haitianfamiliesfirst.org

You can follow us on Twitter: 

twitter.com/HaitianFam1st

You can friend us on Facebook: 

facebook.com/OfficialHaitianFamiliesFirst

You can subscribe to our newsletter: 

www.haitianfamiliesfirst.org/blog



Now, let's conquer your fear! Join us, today! Sponsor Ali in her Skydive for support!

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$13,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 31, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Feel the Fear

    Ali will give you a high five! 5 = Two meals for a family of 4 in Haiti

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $20USD
    Base Jump

    Ali will write your name down and carry it in her pocket so that you can 'experience' the fall with her! 20 = A month supply of prenatal vitamins

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $45USD
    Base Jump

    A free appetizer at Las Velas (Pittsburgh). Appetizer available during the month of June. Outside Pittsburgh, location to be determined. 45 = Two month's rent for a Haitian home

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $60USD
    Gravity Defying Free Fall

    A photo from the jump site to commemorate the 60-second free fall. 60 = A goat for a family: milk, cheese, meat

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $120USD
    Speed Freak

    A limited edition Jump T-Shirt to commemorate the 60-second free fall. 120 = 1 mo. of formula for a newborn

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $360USD
    Support a revolution

    Dinner with Ali in Pittsburgh at a location of her choice. Details to be determined with sponsors at this level, on an individual basis. 360 = 6 mos. salary for a Haitian employee

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Dive to Thrive

    All perks from other levels. And the benefit of knowing that your donation is supporting 4 families for one year in education, health & wellness, and nutrition.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
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