Haiti Orphanage Opens Three Years After Quake
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- 2013 Jan 09
An orphanage shaped like the letter "B" opened in Grand Goave, Haiti, last Saturday, built with $1.8 million in donated funds and dedicated to the memory of 19-year-old Britney Gengel, who died in the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that Haiti officials estimate killed more than 300,000 people, WORLD Magazine reports. Gengel had traveled to Haiti early in 2010 to help a charitable organization distribute meals. "I want to move here and start an orphanage myself," she wrote to her family in a text message soon after arriving. Just hours later, the 7.0-magnitude quake hit, collapsing Gengel's hotel and killing her along with three students and two professors from her school, Lynn University. Gengel's parents, who resolved to carry on her last wish, founded a nonprofit organization, raised money and spent three years building the orphanage in her name. It will house 33 boys and 33 girls, and also has a dedicated water purification system that will distribute clean drinking water to the surrounding community.