Ryan and I are excited about our service trip to Haiti scheduled in late June. While in Haiti we will have the opportunity, along with 16 other people, to build a house for a Haitian family. Since the tragic earthquake in 2010, most of the families in the community live in temporary shelters (wood/tarp homes) and have very little resources. We will work with local Haitian laborers to build a new home, and visit the local market to purchase food and other necessities for the family. During this week long trip, we will be staying in an orphanage, and in the afternoons will spend time playing with the children. Ryan and I are raising money to cover the cost of our trip, and any additional funds raised will go towards Be Like Brit, and the children of the orphanage. Please read the information below to better understand our trip and the Be Like Brit mission. We are excited about this opportunity, and thank-you for your donation.
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.
|Kayley LeFaiver||05/03/2019||$75.00||Have a wonderful, fruitful and life-changing trip! Love you both!||Monique Berube||04/09/2019||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||04/04/2019||$50.00||Melissa Webber||03/26/2019||$35.00||Such a great experience! Good luck with your fundraising and enjoy your mission trip!||Kristen Haines||03/16/2019||$10.00||Anne-Marie Guertin||03/13/2019||$50.00||Susan Westfall||03/13/2019||$50.00||Mindy Gagnon||03/13/2019||$100.00||Michelle Goodnow||03/12/2019||$50.00||I am so excited for your trip! What a wonderful thing you are doing ❤️||Jennifer Leonard||03/03/2019||$30.00||From Kara and Pete Dickson||Gretchen LaDuca||02/16/2019||$50.00||Anonymous Friend||02/14/2019||$50.00||We hope you and Ryan have a safe, productive, blessed and fulfilling trip!||Linda Bainer||02/11/2019||$50.00||What a wonderful experience you and Ryan are committed to embark on . I sure it will be a lifelong memory. I bet Ryan will express himself on paper when it comes to a College essay. Linda & Dave||Stephen LeFaiver||02/09/2019||$35.00||Jenna Reardon||02/06/2019||$50.00||Such a great opportunity!!||Kevin O'Connor||02/06/2019||$50.00||Mary Leddy||02/03/2019||$50.00||Good luck Jen and Ryan||Michelle Fishwick||02/01/2019||$25.00||This sounds like such a great cause and a once in a life time opportunity for you and Ryan. I can't wait to hear about your trip and to learn more about it!||Anonymous Friend||02/01/2019||$100.00||What a great opportunity! Enjoy the travel and the experience!||Elizabeth Anderson||01/31/2019||$25.00||What an amazing trip to be a part of! Enjoy! The Anderson’s||Tom Leonard||01/29/2019||$300.00||Proud of you both||Marc Ferland||01/28/2019||$50.00||Best wishes Jen & Ryan!||Meredith Selleck||01/28/2019||$50.00||Michelle Lover||01/28/2019||$100.00||Good luck Jen & Ryan! I think you are both amazing to be doing this.||Jeanne Wholey||01/27/2019||$25.00||Thanks for doing this!||Joyce LeFaiver||01/26/2019||$150.00||Our thoughts, prayers and love go with you to Haiti.||Jennifer Leonard||01/25/2019||$40.00||Maura McDonough||01/23/2019||$150.00||Have a wonderful trip! Keep Brit’s spirit alive.||Casey Leonard||01/23/2019||$100.00||Have fun!||Tom Dumont||01/22/2019||$50.00||Tom Dumont||01/21/2019||$25.00||Celine LaDuca||01/21/2019||$25.00||Nancy Johnson||01/20/2019||$50.00||Wish you both the best!!!||Jennifer Leonard||01/06/2019||$100.00||Ryan Leonard||01/06/2019||$100.00|