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Be Like Brit – Haiti Orphanage

Posted Dec 13 2010 12:00am

When the earthquake hit Haiti January 12, 2010, many suffered.  According to it was a 7.0 and the worst earthquake in 200 years.  In that earthquake, 19 year old Britney Gengel who attended Lynn University and was originaly from Rutland, MA, was missing in the remains of her hotel.  The family was mislead by a photo of a dark haired woman who they thought was to be their Britney, but unfortunately was not.  Britney had passed away (see more on the story from abc news ). 

In honor of their daugther and to fulfill one of her dreams, the family is building an orphanage in Haiti.  I am lucky to be able to volunteer to help the Gengel Family reach Britney’s dream.  Their mission is as follows

“They love us so much and everyone is so happy, they love what they have and they work so hard to get no where and they are all so appreciative… I want to move here and start an orphange.” Britney sent this to her mom, three hours before the earthquake hit. For the poorest of the poor, Be Like Brit is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the children of Haiti. Be Like Brit will continue the compassionate life and legacy of Britney Gengel by establishing a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where children can grow, learn and thrive.

Currently, we are still trying to figure out some of the design of the orphanage, such as the solar power.  We plan on installing panels on the roof to power as much as the orphange as we can.  The issues we have to investiage are:

Any help with any part of the project is appreciated.  Please feel free to share ideas or connections so that we can help the Haitians as well as honor Britney Gengel.

For more information, see the Be Like Brit  website and blog .

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