Britney Gengel's last text to her mom is now the foundation of a 19,000 square foot orphanage in Haiti. She sent it from a school trip where she and her classmates had been volunteering with children through "Journey for Hope."
Here's What The Text Message Said:
Three hours after she sent that text, a catastrophic earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti. According to TIME.com, The disaster killed more than 160,000 people and displaced close to 1.5 million people. There were 122 American casualties. Britney was one of them.
The Gengels have spent the last five years honoring Britney's memory by building the orphanage of her dreams in Haiti on her behalf. After hard work and extreme dedication, the project is finally complete and 66 Haitian children (33 boys and 33 girls) now have a safe, loving place to call home.
The structure is filled with nods to Britney's memory — it's even called the Be Like Brit orphanage. Her picture hangs on a prominent wall, the building itself is shaped like a B for Britney and, thanks to a Massachusetts structural engineering firm who volunteered to help, the building design can withstand an earthquake of up to a 9.0 magnitude.
The Be Like Brit website is filled with information for getting involved with the orphanage either through volunteering, donating resources or sponsoring a child.
The site explains that the vision is to continue Britney's compassion. The mission is to raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti.
(H/T: WCVB Channel 5 Boston)