It has been almost one year since I was last in Haiti
The family we built for last year was given a dry, secure, and safe home, thanks to our hard working team and by the support of all of you.
We have assembled a team to return to Haiti and build another desperately needed home.
The number of families still living in makeshift shelters since 2010 is staggering.
With our help raising funds and volunteering Be Like Brit has been able to build more than 100 homes and offer 2000 gallons of clean water each day to the community.
Your contributions to this fundraiser will help provide a new home for a deserving family.
It also helps to buy a months worth of food, bedding, and a pregnant goat.
This goat not only provides milk, but peace of mind, as it can be used as collateral if the the family is in great need (ie treatment of a sick child).
Lastly it provides funds that will allow us to make some necessary repairs at the orphanage in our down time.
We are fortunate that we stay at the Be like Brit orphanage and are surrounded by 66 amazing kids and an incredible staff.
What Haiti and it's people have taught me is priceless and I can't wait to be back.
Please take some time to look this page over. My hope is first and foremost to spread the word about what Be Like Brit is doing and to bring to light that these beautiful people are still in great need, and secondly to raise some funds to make the most of our trip to Haiti.
Thanks in advance for sharing this page and supporting our group.
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.
|Nathan Blackwelder||04/10/2018||$20.00||Thank you for your work||Beth Benatti Kennedy||03/20/2018||$50.00||Carlo, Thank you for sharing your gifts and making a difference in Haiti! Safe travels! Love, Beth & Patrick||Jean Stocker||03/19/2018||$100.00||Paul Haggett||03/18/2018||$100.00||Good Luck with this trip Carlo! I hope you have fun!||Carlo Tarini||03/17/2018||$280.00||Thank you, Ramon Tarini Tim Carnevale Rick Broughton Glenn Wheeler||Lisa Nihan-Demeule||03/12/2018||$100.00||Joelle DiNardo||03/11/2018||$100.00||Ashley Young||03/08/2018||$400.00||Thanks for your amazing efforts! The Young Family||Chris Kennedy||03/08/2018||$50.00||You’re a good man Mr. Tarini||Michelle Alves||03/08/2018||$20.00||She is definitely smiling down on you.||Diane DiNardo||03/04/2018||$100.00||Good work, Carlo, on your fundraising, and more importantly on your house building for people in great need. Love it! Love you!||Carrie Weisenfeld||02/19/2018||$75.00||JN Picariello Co||02/16/2018||$200.00||Barbara VanScoyoc||02/14/2018||$75.00||Thank you, Carlo! Have a successful project.||Steven Berenson||02/02/2018||$75.00||Hi Carlo, You are doing a great service. Good luck.||Charles Herlihy||02/01/2018||$75.00||Peter Merrill||01/29/2018||$250.00||Donation for Carlo Tarini’s trip to Haiti||Mary Jane Hunter||01/20/2018||$50.00||Anita Clark||01/05/2018||$25.00||Carlo Tarini||01/04/2018||$800.00||Carlo Tarini||12/23/2017||$100.00|