Britney Gengel was a vibrant nineteen-year-old student at Lynn University when she traveled to Haiti in 2010 to work for an aid group. Deeply moved, she texted her mother on January 10 stating her desire to return and open an orphanage of her own:
“They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere,
yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.”
Vowing that Brit’s death would not be in vain, Len and Cherylann Gengel, along with their sons Bernie and Richie, made the girl’s dream come true by working two years to build her an orphanage.
Her father, a builder, designed the 19,000 square foot orphanage in the shape of the letter ‘B’ and constructed it atop a mountain in the town of Grand Goave as a beacon of hope.
Today, the Be Like Brit Orphanage and its foundation educates and serves 35 children and is dedicated to raising the next generation of leaders in Haiti. You can donate to the group on their donation page.
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