Devan Michael's LT Britsionary Fundraising Page
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Devan Michael's LT Britsionary Fundraising Page
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Hi everyone! After two incredible trips down to Haiti with Be Like Brit, I am thrilled for the opportunity to be a Long-Term Britsionary this summer, where I will be implementing a sports development program for the 66 children I've fallen in love with. This has been a dream of mine since I first stepped foot in Brit's home in July 2015, so needless to say I cannot wait for this adventure! 

Since sports have been a huge part of my life, providing me incredible opportunites to build leadership skills, self-confidence, and the value of teamwork, I want to help provide similar opportunities to the children of Haiti, helping with Be Like Brit's mission of growing the future leaders of Haiti. I have worked hard to develop an 8-week program for Brit's kids, and needless to say I can't wait to share my passion for athletics and children in one of my favorite places in the world.

I will be teaching morning PE class to go along with the current summer school programs, where I will be introducing new sports to the kids such as whiffleball, handball, field hockey, personal fitness, and a special Olympics week. In the afternoon, I will be teaching swim lessons, incorporating Rec Basketball/Volleyball leagues and a Critical Thinking Games Club. These programs will help build motor control, teamwork, and critical thinking/analytical skills in an array on environments to help each child be successful. Finally, I will be implementing a Girls on the Run Program, where the goal is to inspires girls to become more involved in sports, staying active, and building a sense of community by promoting positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. 

I am reaching out to friends and family to see if you would consider supporting my efforts by donating to help sponsor my trip? Again, your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of what you give will go directly to my trip and to the Be Like Brit Foundation. Every donation helps.

With love,

Devan Michael 

"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something" - unknown

ABOUT Britsionary Program2

Donations support one of the following:

Britsionarys in need of financial support:

Britsionarys who cannot afford the cost of the trip alone, can use our pages to ask family and friends for financial support. Donations help to cover the cost of the Britsionary's trip (lodging/food/transportation/insurance/etc.) until they have reached their total amount due for their trip. Once they have reached this amount, any additional donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Fundraising for the children at BLB:

Britsionarys who are paying for the entire trip themselves, can choose to fundraise for the children at Brit's Home and support our mission. All donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Any donations/payments raised over the total amount due for the Britsionary's trip, will go to Brit's Home to support the children who live there.


What does it mean to be a “Britsionary”? Being a Britsionary means different things to everyone, but in essence it means you are continuing the compassion of Britney Gengel. Britsionarys travel to Haiti and work side-by-side with Haitian workers and interact with the children at BLB - to achieve a common goal - to fulfill Britney's last wish to help the children of Haiti.

Our Britsionarys have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills yet they are able to work together to help bring hope to the children of  Brit's Home. In our past trips, we have had students, nurses, social workers, teachers, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters - and everyone has played an essential role in building Brit's Home and making our children feel deserving of love. We have also been blessed to have skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians donate their time and teach their Haitian counterparts their skills and techniques. 

Our Britsionary Program was created to provide an opportunity for volunteers to gain a better understanding of global partnerships and cultures. Short-term Britsionary groups take a 1 week service trip to Brit's Home in Haiti, to help with youth and community outreach projects and immerse themselves in the beautiful Haitian culture. This program gives young adults an opportunity to enhance their understanding of poverty and development while also broadening their global perspective. For non-medical Britsionarys, the mornings are spent building a home for a family in need in our community, and the afternoons are spent doing programatic activities with the children (field trips, coloring, games, learning activities, etc.). For medical Britsionarys, the mornings and some afternoons are spent working in the BLB or local public clinic, and the remaining time is spent with the children and the Britsionary group.


About Be Like Brit

In many ways, Britney Gengel of Rutland Massachusetts was a typical 19-year-old young woman, but her humor, passion and deep sense of caring for those less fortunate made her memorable to all who met her. It was her compassion for others that brought Britney to Haiti on January 11, 2010, just a day before a catastrophic earthquake claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and fellow students of Lynn University, met the Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later, Britney, three of her fellow students, and two Lynn University professors lost their lives in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince. Britney was missing for 33 days before her remains were recovered.

Fortunately, Britney’s dream did not die with her. Only hours before the earthquake, Britney sent a text message to her family that read:

“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.”
- Britney Gengel, 3 hours before the earthquake

These forty words would sustain Britney’s family through the tragedy and, ultimately, serve as the driving force behind the establishment of Be Like Brit and the decision to build an orphanage in Grand Goâve for the children of Haiti. 

Our Mission: Our commitment is to continue the compassion of Britney Gengel by serving the children of Haiti and sustaining a safe, nurturing home, rooted in the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, while developing a sense of social responsiblity, community involvement, and unconditional love.
Our Vision: To raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti.

Be Like Brit Foundation, Inc. is an official U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID #27-1857525.

Name Date Amount Comments
Anonymous Friend 06/26/2018 $890.00  
Anonymous Friend 06/25/2018 $610.00  
Devan Michael 04/28/2018 $890.00  
  Total $2,390.00  
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