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
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”
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
May 27: Sun Sentinel “Lighthouse Point girl receives hero’s welcome in Haitian village”
May 25: NBC Channel 6
May 2: Business Wire “Florida’s Rachel Wheeler of Lighthouse Point Named One of America’s Top Ten Youth Volunteers”
Donations can also be mailed to:
Food For The Poor
6401 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
Please make checks payable to Food For The Poor and include the special source code “SC# 82561” to accurately route your donation to the building effort.