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Britney Gengel’s Family Begins Work On Haiti Orphanage

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The groundbreaking for Brit's Orphanage. (credit: Be Like Brit Blog)

The groundbreaking for Brit’s Orphanage. (credit: Be Like Brit Blog)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The quake left a million-and-a-half people homeless and rebuilding has barely begun.

A central Massachusetts man who lost his daughter in the earthquake is due home Monday evening from Grand Goave, Haiti where he helped break ground for an orphanage being built in her memory.

orphanage2 Britney Gengel’s Family Begins Work On Haiti Orphanage

The future site for Brit's Orphanage. (credit: Be Like Brit Blog)

Len Gengel of Rutland had been in Haiti since the day before Christmas with his son, Bernie, and nephew Ross Pentland.

Gengel’s daughter Britney died when her hotel collapsed in the quake. Just hours before she had texted her parents to say she wanted to move to Haiti to build an orphanage.

WBZ News Radio’s Bernice Corpuz talked with Len Gengel.

After Britney’s death, the Gengel family established a non-profit foundation to do just that.

“The orphanage is designed to look like the letter B ( B for Britney ); it will house 33 boys and 33 girls to sybolize the 33 days Britney Gengel was missing at The Hotel Montana,” the family wrote on the organization’s web site belikebrit.org.

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