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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: $173,849.84

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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

PRESS RELEASES:

Aug 10: Food For The Poor
http://www.foodforthepoor.org/newsroom/news/rachel-needs-your-help-08-10-11.html

May 27: Food For The Poor
http://www.foodforthepoor.org/newsroom/news/homes-for-haitians-05-27-11.html


IN THE NEWS:

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”
http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/14/8800940-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”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/14/rachel-wheeler-food-for-poor_n_1093732.html

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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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!

steve
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!!

MALIQUE DOMOND
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.

Jim
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
GREAT GOING --

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.

Robert McGhee
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
Well done

Judy
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
do you have a email newsletter? jazzejudy@hotmail.com is my email.

Louise Henricks
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
This is wonderful! Troubling how a 12-year old can do so much for Haiti with $250,000 when the donation total of $1.3 billion from International Governments (reported as of 7-9-2010) doesn't appear to have done as much as her raised donations. Makes one wonder???

rmchastanet@msn.com
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I have text books from elementary school, high school thru college. Is there anyway these can be put to use? Where can they be sent?

Mae Claire
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I forgot to mention that you can call at any time if you want me to order several copies of my book for you! 8096972894. Blessings to you!

Mae claire
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I am a Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic. After the earthquake in Haiti, I went to the border in Jimani and volunteered in the medical triage. After spending 4 days there, desperate to get back home to my 3 kids, and my full time job, I realized that the only way I could remember and share my experience was by writing a book. The book is extremely intense and is aimed at kids between 6 grade to grade 12. I think you will really enjoy it. I'd like to send you a copy. Its Called P.S. I'm Eleven (Surviving Haiti's Quake). I have it translated into the Spanish language and hope to soon have it in Creole and French as well. Thank you for your inspiration in helping my people reach and obtain a future. My book can be found anywhere online!

zapper45701@hotmail.com
Mon, Nov 14, 2011
I read your article where schools have few books. I'm thinking the language is French in Haiti. Would English books be acceptable? I can probably get together some encyclopedia, mathematics, and reference books, but they would be in English. With math, I don't know that it would make much difference with the problems, but the rest I'm unsure of. You can reach me at the above address. Thanks.

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