Britney Gengel was a 19-year-old Lynn University student. Passionate about volunteering, she visited an orphanage Haiti in January of 2010. Britney had spent the day visiting chidlren and texted her mom saying she loved all of the children she encountered and it was her dream to come back to Haiti and open an orphanage of her own. The catastrophic earthquake which hit Haiti that year claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney tragically died in the quake, inspiring her parents to make Brit’s dream come true. Check out this powerful video to learn more about Brit, her dream, and how her parents made it a reality with their orphanages and organization, Be Like Brit.
Update: To date, the number of children who call Brit’s orphanage their home has grown to 66.
For more information on Be Like Brit, click here.
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