BOSTON (AP) — A few hours before she was buried in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 19-year-old Britney Gengel texted her parents her last wish: “I want to move here and start an orphanage.”
Nearly five years later, her parents have fulfilled Britney’s wish, building a complex in the shape of a “B” that houses 33 boys and 33 girls — one of each for the exact number of days her body lay missing beneath the ruins of the hotel where she was staying.
Britney’s last text message dramatically altered her parents’ lives.
After her death, the Gengels started a nonprofit, Be Like Brit, and opened an orphanage in Grand Goave, a town about 30 miles southwest of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. They now split their time between Holden, Massachusetts, and Haiti; Britney’s father, Len, has made the journey to the Caribbean island 66 times.
“We look at Brit’s text…
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