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Introducing Be Like Brit – An Orphanage in Haiti

Our clients, who run this non-profit, an orphanage in Haiti, created it to honor their daughter’s (Britney Gengel’s) wish after her trip cost her her life. Read this amazing story and then tell a friend. (Continues below photo.)

The other day, the USA Today (which also appears in The Arizona Republic, and many other newspapers across the nation), ran a story featuring one of our clients who works for “Be Like Brit,” a non-profit charitable organization that helps take care of orphans in Haiti.

This photo released by Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., shows Britney Gengel who is among the four students and two Lynn University faculty members missing in Haiti, after a massive earthquake destroyed much of the capitol city of Port-Au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010.(Photo: Handout, AP)

Be Like Brit was created to honor the wish of Britney Gengel, whose last words to her parents were, “I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” Unfortunately, the earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 200,000 and left 1,300,000 homeless, also killed 19 year-old Britney Gengel. Britney had been there two days.

In response to their daughter’s last wish, Len and Cherylann Gengel fought their way through the bureaucratic and financial hurdles associated with trying to start a non-profit in that devastated country.

The orphanage is currently home to 66 children – 33 girls and 33 boys.

“We always felt an obligation to her and how three hours before the earthquake she sent this text message saying how happy she was,” her father told Marisol Bello of USA Today. “We started this with nothing, but once we committed to it, we were not going to stop until it was done.”

UNICEF estimates that there are 430,000 orphans in Haiti. World Vision is also active in the country caring for orphans and the extreme poor.

You can learn more about the Be Like Brit organization at http://belikebrit.org/
And give at http://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/belikebrit/donation.jsp

You can also follow them on social media at: http://www.facebook.com/belikebrit and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BeLikeBrit

To learn more about Haiti, go to: http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/6d1210430917461d8825735a007e2f2b/world-vision-haiti

We also encourage you to read the original USA Today article by Marisol Bello which is at http://usat.ly/1BWXRGk.

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