Becker Alumnus Dedicates Haiti Orphanage

Published on Friday, January 11th, 2013

The story of Becker College alumnus Len Gengel ’84 and his family is drawing local and national attention as they complete the first phase in realizing the dream of Gengel’s daughter, Britney, to open an orphanage in Haiti. The 19-year-old had this epiphany while visiting Haiti on a college service trip when she perished during  the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently ran a series of articles documenting the Gengels’ three-year journey to locate, design, construct, and on January 5, 2013, dedicate the orphanage, high on a picturesque hill in Grand Goave, Haiti. The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Catholic Free Press, and other outlets have also covered the story recently.

A former College Trustee, Len Gengel has long been an active member of the Becker College community. Becker College has established a partnership with Be Like Brit to send student volunteers and faculty consultants. In May 2012, Becker volunteers spent time painting and working on the construction site, and another group will travel to the orphanage in March 2013.

Follow the Gengels’ story by visiting the links below.

Huffington Post

Be Like Brit Orphanage In Haiti Built In Honor Of Britney Gengel, College Student Who Died In Earthquake, January 7

Washington Post

Mass. family builds Haiti orphanage in memory of daughter who died in 2010 quake, January 6

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Transformation in Haiti, op-ed by Be Like Brit Architect Paul Fallon, January 8

Families return to site of Haitian tragedy, January 7

Britney lives on, January 6

Be Like Brit Orphanage dedicated in Haiti, January 6

First phase of Gengels’ dream complete, January 6

Singing greets ‘Be Like Brit’ travelers, January 5

The goal has become reality, January 4


Haiti orphanage opens three years after quake, January 7

Catholic Free Press

Brit’s dream fulfilled, January 3


Central Massachusetts’ Woman of the Year, January 2

Be Like Brit: 12 Who Made a Difference in Central Mass in 2012, December 23