Britney Gengel's Memory Being Kept Alive In Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Nearly a year since an earthquake rocked Haiti, the family of a Rutland teenager killed in the devastation is making her final wish to open an orphanage come true.
Britney Gengel was in Haiti on a humanitarian mission with fellow students from Lynn University in Florida when she died on Jan. 12.
Gengel’s parents, Len and Cherylann, have kept their daughter’s memory alive by breaking ground in Haiti on an orphanage named in her honor.
The orphanage will be home for 33 girls and boys, signifying the number of days it took to find Gengel in the rubble.
The Gengels were proud of their accomplishment and were hoping that it would help the ravaged community. They said 97 percent of the buildings in Port-Au-Prince are still exactly as they were one year ago.
The Gengel's have also set up a website, Be Like Brit Orphanage, to tell Britney's story and to raise money for those in Haiti.
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