In June Greg, Ella, Luke and I will travel to Be Like Brit in Grand Goave, Haiti. Many of you know I have been traveling to BLB a few times a year with a purpose to establish a medical clinic for the community of Grand Goave. Greg, Ella, Luke, Ruby and Blake have experienced these trips through the many pictures and stories I have shared. They have seen how the people of Haiti live and have curiously engaged in learning about their beautiful culture and their will to survive. Now it's their turn to go.
We will be traveling with a group of 18; my sister and nephew will be joining a group of friends from Westford, Mass. Our mission will be to build a house for a family - much like the picture above of a family of 7 who lived on a dirt floor, tin roof/walled house - with one twin mattress for all. We will build a small 1 room house with the protection of a front door and sturdy roof.
We are reaching out to see if you will donate to this endeavor and to Be Like Brit; a wonderful organization that I've been fortunate to connect with. Since they have opened their orphanage in 2013, they have build over 120 houses in Grand Goave, Haiti. Many of you have asked how you can help, now is your chance - your donations will help with our trip, supplies for the house we will build and will go to towards future home building projects.
Please click on the link below to read my most recent blog from my last trip to Haiti.
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.
|Jill Kooyoomjian||05/08/2019||$100.00||Way to go, Krikorian family! You are all so inspiring. What a way to give back. Love, hugs, and safe travels!||Kayley LeFaiver||05/03/2019||$75.00||Have a wonderful, fruitful and life changing trip! Love you all!||Vickie Pugliese||04/17/2019||$50.00||Greg - thanks for the email. I love this foundation and follow updates on all they have achieved. Hope you and your family have a great experience and safe trip!||Tara Krauss||04/03/2019||$100.00||Sorry to have missed the event. Thank you for making a difference in the world! The Krauss family||R L Legacy & Son Inc||03/25/2019||$100.00||Lisa Wentzell||03/22/2019||$50.00||We are so proud of you guys! This is amazing and such a wonderful experience! Hope you have a safe and successful trip!||Allan Bussey||03/21/2019||$100.00||Wishing your family a safe and successful trip! The Bussey Family||Michael Bernier||03/18/2019||$100.00||Karen Shahtanian||03/17/2019||$50.00||What you are doing is amazing! What a life experience for the kids to help the beautiful people of Haiti who are in need. Have a wonderful, fulfilling trip!||Jay Wentzell||03/02/2019||$100.00||Chandra Lynch||02/28/2019||$100.00||What an amazing experience to share with your family. Safe travels!||Nick Sterry||02/27/2019||$200.00||Mark Bertonazzi||02/21/2019||$150.00||Frances Eddy||02/16/2019||$100.00||So proud of you guys! You are doing God's work and making a huge difference. Prayers for a safe and successful journey. Love to all <3||Jean M Decastro||02/13/2019||$50.00||Dave Bainer||02/11/2019||$50.00||What a wonderful commitment from a family. Great exposure for Ella & Luke. This will be a lifelong learning experience that you will take with you forever||Paul Audet||02/10/2019||$250.00||Keith Reynolds||02/06/2019||$50.00||Hey Greg/Lisa. This looks like it will be an incredible experience. Hope you have a great journey. Keith||Caroline Flor||02/05/2019||$50.00||You are amazing!!!||Carol Krikorian||02/01/2019||$500.00||We're so proud of all of you. Mom/Carol and Dad/Greg||Kristin Hort||01/30/2019||$30.00||Joseph Barry||01/30/2019||$50.00||Nick Sterry||01/29/2019||$200.00||Joyce LeFaiver||01/27/2019||$150.00||Our thoughts, prayers and love go with you to Haiti.||Jim Bailey||01/26/2019||$100.00||Patrick Ellsworth||01/24/2019||$100.00||Stephen LeFaiver||01/22/2019||$35.00||Christopher Merrill||01/22/2019||$75.00||Amazing work Lisa!||Stacey Donovan||01/22/2019||$100.00||God Bless You on your journey...xo||Anthony Pierannunzi||01/22/2019||$25.00||Proud of all of you.||Steven Waxman||01/21/2019||$100.00||Joanna Donohue||01/21/2019||$100.00||What a wonderful way to give to others. Wishing you all a successful trip that is sure to be life changing for your family and the lucky home recipients.||John Wentzell||01/19/2019||$150.00||Wonderful and most generous work you are involved in.||Thom Langlois-Buckman||01/19/2019||$50.00||Actions speak louder than words and you're walkin' the talk! God bless and travel mercies.||Matt Dillon||01/17/2019||$100.00||Ken Pierannunzi||01/17/2019||$25.00||Loved hearing stories and seeing photos of Lisa's travels. Best wishes.||Steve deCastros||01/17/2019||$100.00||great work you guys are doing!||Jessica Hammond||01/17/2019||$500.00||Kara McNamara||01/14/2019||$100.00||Best wishes on your journey! xoxo||Rebecca Carroll||01/14/2019||$500.00||Way to go, Krikorians! Be Like Brit is a great mission, and how nice that you get to experience it together this time around! We're certain you will all have a wonderful, enlightening experience!||Jill Frame||01/10/2019||$50.00||Very proud of you all... safe travels!||Cheryl Walpole||01/10/2019||$100.00||So wonderful that you are sharing your passion for giving and helping others with your children! You set an amazing example for all of us! xo||Luke Krikorian||01/09/2019||$100.00||Lisa Dougherty||01/07/2019||$100.00||Mother Teresa calls us to "Be the Living Expression of God's Kindness." I'd say you answered that call. Good Luck and God Bless.||Alison Jones||01/06/2019||$100.00||You are amazing, Krikorian Family!!||Greg Krikorian||01/05/2019||$100.00||Ella Krikorian||01/05/2019||$100.00||Lisa Krikorian||12/05/2018||$100.00|