Kerry and Laurin’s Fundraising Page
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Kerry and Laurin’s Fundraising Page

Last August I had the unique opportunity to volunteer at Be Like Brit orphanage in Haiti.  It was such an amazing, life-changing experience that I'm going back again October 21-27 and bringing my best friend, Laurin Johnson, with me! Together, we will work with other volunteers to help build a home and spend quality time with the 66 wonderful children who live at Be Like Brit. Please consider making a donation to help us get there! 

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.

Britsionarys

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.

Supporters
Name Date Amount Comments
Jennifer Guzzi 11/25/2018 $150.00 Kerry - this donation is on behalf of the Salem High Class of 1993. You inspire us. xo
Todd Lempicki 10/24/2018 $50.00  
Kristin Johnson 10/08/2018 $35.00  
Danielle Givner 10/03/2018 $50.00  
Sarah Coughlin 10/02/2018 $35.00  
William Lane 09/26/2018 $100.00  
Emmeline Rogefors Cowden 09/22/2018 $50.00 Best of luck to you both. Miss you Lo! //Lester, Andrea, & Emmeline
Nicole Sexton 09/18/2018 $50.00 Good luck and have a wonderful time!!
Joan Moynagh Sholley 09/17/2018 $50.00 Laurin - Ganny and Boof would be so proud of you!
Rachel Zarghami 09/17/2018 $100.00 Good luck, Laurin!
Courtney Schweizer 09/17/2018 $25.00  
Isabel Cancel 09/16/2018 $25.00 Good luck on your trip!
Ann Hannigan 09/15/2018 $50.00  
Liz Sheridan 09/14/2018 $50.00  
Lindsay Silvia 09/14/2018 $50.00 Hope you enjoy this trip as much as the last one!
Anonymous Friend 09/14/2018 $675.00  
Russo Jon 09/14/2018 $100.00 It’s a great thing you are doing!! Have fun and good luck.
Paula Larson 09/14/2018 $50.00 You GO girl!
Amanda O�Neill 09/14/2018 $25.00 So amazing Kerry! Love that you are going back again and that Laurin will be with you ❤️ Miss you girls! Take me with you next year
Dory Noll 09/13/2018 $100.00 Anything for my girls! You ladies rock!
Johnnys Luncheonette 09/13/2018 $100.00 Good luck and be safe!
Anonymous Friend 09/13/2018 $50.00  
Andrea Willard 09/13/2018 $50.00  
Michael Petrone 09/13/2018 $100.00 You are amazing Kerry! We are honored to be your friend. Liza, Mike,Paxton and Amelia
Harsh Singh 09/13/2018 $20.00  
Elizabeth Reichard 09/13/2018 $100.00 Have a wonderful time this year! Love seeing the pictures and hearing stories! Safe travels.
Pam Robichaud 09/13/2018 $30.00 way to #bethegood hannigan and again
Shirah Burgey 09/13/2018 $20.00  
Caitlin Gregorio 09/13/2018 $25.00  
Nikki Marie Oliveira 09/13/2018 $100.00  
Liz Leahey 08/26/2018 $25.00 Best wishes for a most amazing time!
Donna Hannigan 08/18/2018 $200.00 So proud of both of you! May this journey be a success and we pray for your safe return!
Lauren Denizard 08/09/2018 $30.00 Adventures await, have an amazing trip!
Jennifer Canesi 08/09/2018 $100.00 Way to go in supporting a great cause!
Tobe Gerard 08/09/2018 $100.00  
Rohini Narayanaswamy 08/08/2018 $20.00  
Sarah Macek 08/06/2018 $50.00  
Megan Szabo 08/04/2018 $100.00 ♥️ , The Szabos
Diane Gheringhelli 08/02/2018 $25.00 So inspiring!
Nicole Brown 08/02/2018 $20.00 Good luck with your trip!
Steve Haidaichuk 07/28/2018 $20.00 Go do good things.
Liza Petrone 07/28/2018 $100.00 Keep doing good work, Kerry! (AKA “our very own Mother T.”). We love you!
Kate Mooney 07/27/2018 $100.00 Get itttt
Ann Traphagen 07/26/2018 $50.00  
Colleen Hagerty 07/26/2018 $30.00 Truly amazing!!!
Anonymous Friend 07/26/2018 $50.00 Kerry, glad you're going back!Enoyed meeting you last year! Enjoy!
Beth Bowler 07/24/2018 $50.00  
Meredith Ouellette 07/23/2018 $25.00 You inspire me! I hope your second trip is as wonderful as the first! Thank you for what you do!
Nelly Russo 07/23/2018 $25.00 Keep up the good work Kerry! The Russos
Matthew Cammarata 07/23/2018 $150.00  
Brenda Belair 07/23/2018 $20.00 You are amazing!! That you for your kind heart and your willingness to help those in need all over the world!
Emma D'Alleva 07/23/2018 $100.00 Kerry & Laurin, you are simply amazing! I am in awe at the work you do daily to make this world a more loving, kinder, better place. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many people ❤️
Susan Anton 07/22/2018 $30.00 I love that you are going back. Have a safe trip!
Erin McNeill 07/21/2018 $20.00  
Maura Fitzpatrick 07/21/2018 $50.00 Good luck Kerry! It’s an amazing thing you are doing!
Bernie Lord 07/20/2018 $50.00 Good stuff.
Mary DuMont 07/20/2018 $25.00 You are both wonderful & beautiful and I so happy to support you...safe travels!
Katie Crowley 07/20/2018 $100.00  
Katie Creegan 07/19/2018 $75.00 So proud of you girls!!
Christine Cappadora 07/19/2018 $100.00  
Melissa Cordial 07/19/2018 $30.00 Recently met Cheryl Gengel at an event in Worcester. Love that you do this, my friend.
Linda Vena 07/19/2018 $25.00  
Jana Quinn 07/18/2018 $50.00 LOVE supporting this mission and your amazing work!! Hope one day to join you!
Brian Mashoke 07/18/2018 $100.00  
Adam Lattanzi 07/18/2018 $25.00  
Hillary Burr 07/17/2018 $100.00  
Shirley Muller 07/17/2018 $100.00  
Jennifer Rohrs 07/17/2018 $100.00  
Lisa Amanti 07/16/2018 $200.00 You are doing amazing things, ladies!
  Total $4,985.00  
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