Becker College Students make it their Mission 2Go to Haiti

Published on Friday, March 30th, 2012

On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake in Haiti resulted in widespread destruction and loss of life. The tragedy hit close to home at Becker College, as Britney Gengel, daughter of Becker alumnus and former trustee, Len Gengel, was among those who perished. The earthquake cut short Britney’s life and her newfound purpose: to help the poverty-stricken children of Haiti. The Gengel family has made it their mission to honor Britney’s memory by building the Be Like Brit Orphanage, which will nurture and educate 66 children in Haiti when it opens in 2013.

The Becker College student organization, Mission2Go, has chosen to aid the Gengels in their mission, with a May 2012 service trip to the orphanage, under construction in Grand Goave, Haiti. To raise awareness for the Be Like Brit Orphanage, and funds for their service trip, the Mission2Go students invite the public and the greater Worcester college communities to join them for a tapas dinner, entertainment, and silent auction, on Friday, March 30, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 80 William Street, on the Worcester campus. Becker College President Robert E. Johnson will greet the assembled guests, and the Gengels will make a presentation.

Tickets for the Mission2Go Service Trip to Haiti fund-raiser are $25 per person and $40 per couple.Contact the Office of Development at 508.373.9531 to RSVP. All proceeds will support the Mission2Go expenses to Haiti and Be Like Brit.

Mission2Go was created one year ago, when Rev. Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, professor of education at Becker College, responded to mounting student interest in making a difference in the world beyond the borders of Massachusetts. This year, 10 students are working with Dr. Pallatto-Fontaine to prepare for the service trip to the Be Like Brit Orphanage.  They will assist at the work site; establish relationships with local people; and come together as a group each evening to reflect upon what they observed and experienced.

Leading up to the fund-raiser, Sarah Rohrer, regional organizer for Bread for the World, will speak about poverty in Haiti in Dr. Pallatto-Fontaine’s Social Problems class, on Thursday, March 29, at 2:00 p.m. Rohrer will give a multimedia presentation on the reality of hunger in Haiti, the United States, and across the globe, and she will reveal how each person has the ability to affect change locally, federally, and internationally.  The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held in room 214 of the Weller Academic Center, 61 Sever Street, on the Worcester campus.