My return to Haiti with Be Like Brit

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“Haiti? Why would you want to go back there?” is the response I got from many when I explained I was headed back to the island nation to volunteer at my favorite organization, Be Like Brit.

After I explain the story of Britney Gengel — a college student who perished in the 2010 earthquake while on a mission trip, whose parents created an orphanage in her honor — many are eager to learn more about my travels.

Be Like Brit is a family. Once you’re in, you’re in for life.

Once again, it is difficult to put this experience into words. It is hard to explain the sadness my heart ached for, the love I felt, and the hope that I saw.

Selfie with the BLB kids -- Mirna and Shilove.

Courtesy Danielle Cutillo

Selfie with the BLB kids — Mirna and Shilove.

Landing in Haiti, at the airport in Port-au-Prince, I only felt excitement. It was a very different feeling than last year. This time around, I felt like I was on a trip to visit family. Although the poverty is always overwhelming to see, my eyes weren’t glued to the windows on the drive to the orphanage this time.

I knew what to expect and I was so happy to be back.

Arriving at the orphanage, our group of Britsionaries (the name given to the volunteers at Be Like Brit), were welcomed by the 66 kids singing “Hallelujah.” After they finished, they ran to us with hugs. Right away, I could tell how much the kids have grown up and how their English is improving immensely. Many asked in English, “What is your name?” and “How are you?”

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One thought on “My return to Haiti with Be Like Brit

  1. Thank You Danielle
    You captured the essence of what our Britney felt when she visited Haiti. We continue to be Blessed with people like you and so many others that want to make the world a better place. You had the courage to get on a plane and travel to the poorest country in the Western Hemispher, I’m so proud of you, your story and of course the Love you brought to our children and the folks of Grand Goave…
    God Bless You!!!
    Keeping the Faith in Haiti and the USA!!!
    Len Gengel
    Co-Founder of Be Like Brit Foundation, Inc