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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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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!

Jerrelli Randall
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Rachel, never mind those that say help in America...the Spirit of God gave you a burden for Haiti, so you need to go where you were sent because you were sent exactly where you could do the very most good. Haiti has had a lot of problems in it's past...there have been dark times, but what you are doing brings wonderful light to the people there. You just keep on doing what you are doing. The spirit will tell you when it is time to do something else and in another place. You are gaining huge amounts of good karma for your work and you will be well blessed for your efforts. I am so very proud of you!

Margie Hale
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I just want to thank the people of this project, who are helping the people in Haiti, I will be donating to this wonderful cause as soon as I am employed again, which I hope is very soon. I was so inspired by this little girl Rachel. It really touched my heart.
I have a problem with getting overwhelmed by so much need every where, that I end up doing nothing, but this is something I would really like to help with.

Jean-Marcel Tremblay
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Well im very surprise and very glad.Thanks little girl for every thinks you do to help Leogane Haitians,Bravo ma chérie tu es adorable.xx.(Im from Québec city Canada and french)

Michelle Leon
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
God bless you. praying you reach your goal!

Tracy Hofmann
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I would like to thank Food for the Poor & Rachel for all there efferts for Haiti. I would also like to let them know they our in our prayers. Jesus Christ is the only way. Here in America there are hundreds of thousands homeless or living way below the poverty leval. With Earth quakes, tornados, and hurricanes. Why not start in your own back yard?

Silvia Edgell
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
You have a divine mission Rachel, and it's so amazing to see you taking action so early to live that mission and to make your lifetime a lesson to many others that will pass by without moving a finger to help the ones in need.
While some people questioned why she's not helping the poor in the US, they are forgetting the most valuable lesson: it doesn't matter to who or where, but the the action, the donation, the attitude of a given, compassionate heart, which in this case, have only 12y old!
God bless you, and keep up with this beautiful work!

Mon, Nov 14, 2011
God Bless you deeply, you have touched my heart deeply, I pray more, will follow your example!!!

Joanne G./ Colorado
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Rachel, you are truly an inspiration!

Pablo Vega
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
God bless you Rachel as you and your team goes to help the people of Haiti.My prayers will always be with you, along with my contribution. Carry on in the name of the Lord!!

Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Hello Rachel Wheeler,
There was an author stated that " The greatest thing in the world when you help others"You're a fabulous person and great mind. I am wishing you all the best in your Journey.

Mon, Nov 14, 2011
You have already earned your wings for Heaven! Thank you!!!

Marie Melendez
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I think you have done wonderful work but I would really rather see you putting all that effort into taking care of the poor here in the United States

bruce fessler
Mon, Nov 14, 2011

Suzanne Marshall
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
You are an inspiration to us all!!!

Agnes Miller
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I am so proud of you and what you are doing for Haiti. Through our church we sent many gallons of water, We sent money for a generater to be able to pump the water for baths.We are now takeing up new and used shoes for Haiti. My Grandaughter went down there for the Dental program. She loved the people.
Best Wishes,
Agnes Miller in Manassas Virginia

Mark Debb
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Thank you so much Rachel,I hope kid;s of today's generation would be just like you. Continue inspiring everyone, I know how you feel when you see those smile saying thank you... I love helping others. Im from the Philippines, email me at teroymarkdebb@yahoo.com if theres anything I can do.

Don Fell
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Rachel I commend you on this work. I'm working 'vision' to help in Ghana. Ghana is slightly smaller than my state of Oregon. We have population of 3.1-mil while Ghana has 25-mil, but with 60-65% unemployment. I'm working to create projects that create jobs. DMFELL@MSN.COM Thank you, ILWG Don

Deb P
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
God bless you, my son's soccer complex just did a food drive started friday -sunday. It was nice to see all the can goods to give to the poor. Should think
about doing some thing like this.
WinterHaven Fl.

Naef Basile
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Rachel, you belong to a very special part of society; those who take action when they see human suffering. I wish you the best and I will be donating soon. (I don't have my credit card handy at the moment. I won't forget.

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