“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.
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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