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Rachel raised $167,400 to build homes in Leogane, Haiti.  Her new goal is to raise $260,000 to build a school and 20 more homes

Rachel raised $167,400 to build homes in Leogane, Haiti. Her new goal is to raise $260,000 to build a school and 20 more homes

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Rachel’s Mission

Team Fundraising Goal: $260,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 375
Total Value of Gifts: $174,189.84

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Recent News

June 17: NBC Channel 5 "Rachel's Village, A home for people in Haiti"

Past News

2010: Sun-Sentinel’s Morning Show “Local girl raises money to build homes in Haiti”


2009: ABC Channel 10 “Girl Builds $2,600 Homes In Haiti”

Determined to make a difference, Rachel’s new goal is to build a school and additional homes

In May, 11-year-old Rachel Wheeler traveled to Haiti to dedicate the village she fund-raised for two years to build in Haiti with the nonprofit Food For The Poor. The residents in “Rachel’s Village” greeted her with a hero’s welcome, clapping and singing songs of praise and thanks. It was here, in the coastal village of Kay Piti, in Leogane, among the new vibrantly painted homes, that Rachel realized not all children are able to attend school. Determined to make a difference, Rachel’s new goal is to build and furnish a school, in addition to constructing 20 additional homes.

Rachel’s school will be constructed in Reap de Morel, Leogane. This school was destroyed during the January 2010 earthquake. Prior to the earthquake, 250 students from kindergarten to the sixth grade were registered to attend the school. Classes are currently held in a one-room, makeshift structure that floods when it rains. Rusted sheet-metal, pieces of wood and blue tarps offer students little protection from the weather.

Please continue to donate to Rachel’s initiative, and be the answer to the prayers of families who have nowhere to call home, and no access to an education. To support Rachel’s building initiative, tax-deductible donations can be made on this webpage.

Media Coverage: Press & News


Aug 10: Food For The Poor

May 27: Food For The Poor


April 3: FOX Channel 29 WFLX (West Palm Beach) aired WPTV’s video: http://www.wflx.com/story/17317021/12-year-old-brings-hope-to-haiti

April 2: NBC Channel 6 reporter Julia Bagg interviewed Rachel Wheeler regarding her recent trip to Haiti to dedicate Rachel's School in Leogane, Haiti. The segment aired at 5:33 p.m. http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Haiti-School-Named-for-12-Year-Old-South-Florida-Girl-145798495.html

April 2: NBC Channel 5 WPTV (West Palm Beach) reporter Marissa Bagg interviewed Rachel Wheeler, Julie Wheeler and Zion Lutheran's Principal Jayne Cunningham about their recent trip to Haiti (March 23-25). Rachel's story aired at 5:24 p.m. and at 6:14 p.m. http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_s_palm_beach_county/rachels-school-rebuilding-education-in-haiti

Nov. 14: MSNBC “American girl, just 12, builds 27 homes in Haiti”

Nov. 15: Huff Post Impact (The Internet Newspaper: News Blogs Video Community) “Rachel Wheeler, Food For The Poor Help Build 27 Homes In Haiti”


Oct 3: Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/03/2433287/dollar-by-dollar-a-sixth-grader.html

June 15: WLRN Reporter Chris DiMattei

The interview is posted on WLRN’s website at http://www.miamiherald.com/wlrn/.

To listen, click on the interview dated 6/16 “Broward County youngster a hero in Haiti.”

May 27: CBS Channel 4 “Haitian Village Built By Local 11-Year-Old
- http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/05/27/haitian-village-built-by-local-11-year-old/

May 27: Sun Sentinel “Lighthouse Point girl receives hero’s welcome in Haitian village”
- http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-05-27/news/fl-rachel-haiti-trip-20110526_1_haitian-village-lighthouse-point-girl-julie-wheeler

May 25: NBC Channel 6
- http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/122593084.html

May 2: Business Wire “Florida’s Rachel Wheeler of Lighthouse Point Named One of America’s Top Ten Youth Volunteers”
- http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=258811&type=newswires

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Rachel Wheeler
Sun, Mar 04, 2012
Thankyou to everyone who has donated any money to my cause. i am very thankful for everyone and everything. the poeple in my village are very thankful and greatful. they are the sweetest people and are the most greatful for even a dollar.a dollar in america has lost its vallue but in haiti a dollar id like ten dollars. imagine what ten dollars will do in haiti! that is why i am trying to raise awareness for my cause. tell EVERYONE!!! spread the word! thankyou and GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guellery pierre
Fri, Nov 18, 2011
i would like to thank you rachel for all that you being done for the haitian peoples may God bless you and youe family .

Thu, Nov 17, 2011
You are an amazing person...even those who have what it takes to donate doesn't necessarily have what it takes to do what your doing. It has nothing to do with someone's age it is about what a person is thinking and planning at all times, and because years of experience at life can change your thinking we are often judged by age, but you are clearly an exception because of your determination and kind will. To be able to see your goal so clearly and not just go off running your mouth but actually doing as promised takes a lot of courage and heart. I am glad that someone like you still exist in this world. May god be with you and your kind will, I hope it never change. God bless you and your work so that your wish to make others happy come true and more people will rise from the crowd to lend a hand. I am someone incapable of doing things like you, but what I can do is pray for you all, and so I will.

jasmine K.
Wed, Nov 16, 2011
Rachel, you are So amazing. you built all those home and helped so many people. You are like a superhero. doing something like that take alot, and not just that, you give a lot. You are truely a hero.

Peter Donnelly
Wed, Nov 16, 2011
Miss Wheeler - I feel I should call you that; you are a remarkable young lady. Congratulations on your achievemnt - may you prosper.

Bill & Melanie from Colden NY
Wed, Nov 16, 2011
Don't ever cease this wonderful work you are doing. We will send you a contribution to support your efforts.

Amelia Kupriancak
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
You are an amazing young lady devoting your time, effort and spirit to the people of Haiti. Such an outstanding achievement for a person of your age. God Bless You.
Oprah Winfrey (of OWN network fame, and a renowed talk show host) also builds schools. Maybe you o someone in your organization can contact her for help with your fund drive to build a school in Haiti.
Your efforts deserve to be paid forward with many good deeds.
God Bless You

Tue, Nov 15, 2011
You are so amazing Rachel, with the power and will to give to help others and your parents doing an outstanding job of raising such a gifted child who wants to help others, I just can't thank you enough for caring and wanting to make a differece for others who have little or nothing, because of you we continue to pray, give praise and have faith that more people like you exsist...God Bless you always and your family for the love and care you show and give!

pushpam mehta
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
god bless you all for the great work you are doing

Marina Megale
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
I so admire what you have done and are still doing. I would love to help: I am an artist who has illustrated childrens books. I would like to send you a collection of these books for the library you are developing in Haiti. The very realistic illustrations are multi racial. The text is in english- would they be helpful?
If you would like the books, let me know where to mail them and when you will be starting to collect items like this for the library. Keep up the good work!
Marina Megale

Mike Burrell
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
You are like a lighthouse in a storm. Keep lighting the way young lady.

Tue, Nov 15, 2011

Stephen Roberts
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
Light Up The World,Shine It On Me,Love Is The Answer.Shine On Us All Set Us Free,Love Is The Answer.- Ronnie Milsap We Are All One Planet,Just Visiting,It Is Just Cause To Take Care Of Each Other And Live A Considerate Lifestyle.For America,The Government Needs To Step In & Create Affordable Places To Nest,They Have All But Disappeared. Minimum Wage Verses A Nights Sleep,Do The Math.

Beverly H. Brigman
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
I am so honored to read your story. It is people like you that help the world become a better place and for that I say "THANK YOU!". Your parents are also to be commended for your efforts.
I pray you continue to help the childern of Haiti.
Love in Christ,

dinesh kumar
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
hi rachel,its really extraordinary to see you doing incredible charitable work at this very age,i have no words to exlpain your work than to pray dear,if you wish iam ready to take part in your work directly,finally i just tell you keep it up and may god bless you dear

Patricia D.
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
To those with evil in their hearts, may God have mercy on your small little souls.

Lorraine Fleming
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
I heard that the NJ Knights of Columbus will be helping out with artificial limbs for those who lost them in the earthquake.

Anonymous Helper
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
Rachel is an angel. She has a higher purpose in life. She has great potential for helping the poor and inspiring others.
Rachel should be invited to schools so she can be the guest speaker.

Joshua T. R.
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
May God bless you Rachel!!!!! :) ;)

Vanessa Y.
Tue, Nov 15, 2011
Funny how the "non-believers" do not put their name on here! Anyway..you are an angel to the people in Haiti. Continue the awesome work. God has a special place for you! I would love to learn how we can volunteer to help you out.

Cathy in NoVA
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Keep up the good work! Don't let the nay sayers get you down. You have inspred me. :-) - Cathy in NoVA

Yvonne Greene
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I am a retired reading teacher with a personal classroom library of over 300 books. I would like to donate these books which range from 1st grade level to 10th grade level, from reference books to classroom dicionaries.Is there a way I can send these books without them costing a fortune? If you know of a way, then they are all yours!

Mon, Nov 14, 2011
AWESOME JOB!... I'd like to help!

Juan Jose Barrios
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I am certainly interested in helping by making a contribution. It all starts with a vision and the will to make a difference...keep doing an excellent job!

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