Paula Mueller

Phaeton Village of Joy
  • My Goal:
  • $332,560
  • Raised So Far:
  • $336,656
  • # of Donations:
  • 197
$336656 of $332560 goal
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Help 40 families escape extreme poverty

Help build the Village of Joy, near Fort Liberte, Haiti. Each of the 40 families who live there will receive a concrete house complete with sanitation, water storage, and a solar powered light kit. Each family will also receive a goat for milk and cheese as well as agricultural supplies and training so they can grow their own food. Finally, the village will include a multi-purpose community center and cows that will provide income opportunities for the villagers.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Will you help a family living in extreme poverty today?

Why I'm 'doing something'

My family struggled financially when I was young. We did everything we could to make ends meet. We shopped garage sales. We clipped coupons. We maintained a big vegetable garden. We froze and canned food. Mom sewed dresses for me and my sister, and also for herself. At nine, I got a paper route and started "loaning" my parents money to pay family bills. I worried that we would lose our home. I'd heard my parents talk about the possibility many times. Having the utilities cut off was a real and frequent concern, though it only actually happened once that I remember. We never went hungry, but we ate so many casseroles as a way to stretch a pound of ground beef that I once begged for anything resembling a piece of meat--even when that meant liver, which I hate.

I felt so completely helpless to change our situation. It was a very difficult experience for me, but there are many people in other parts of the world who have it much worse than I did. Where we had family we could lean on. Their families are all in the same situation they are. Parents build shelters out of whatever scraps they can find. Those shelters don't protect their families from the elements or from pests like rats and mosquitos. Furthermore, they watch their children starve or die of preventable diseases. If I felt helpless, how helpless--hopeless, really--must they feel? If I were in their shoes, I would want someone to take notice and care enough to help. I have taken notice and I care. I want to change that for 40 families in the Village of Joy. Will you help?


About Food For The Poor

Since its inception in 1982, Food For The Poor has been serving the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Thanks to faithful donors, Food For The Poor's programs provide housing, clean water, education, micro-enterprise initiatives, healthcare, and emergency relief in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.

Collectively, Food For The Poor has raised over $11 billion in aid, more than half of which was provided in the last five years, and has built more than 91,000 housing units for the destitute. The best part? Total administrative costs have remained under 5%, which means that more than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help those in desperate need.


Want to help? Please click the DONATE button at the top of this page now.

The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any support you can provide. It will benefit a great cause!

Any gift amount is appreciated and will directly go to helping the poor. Help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter!
Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

Thanks so much for your generosity! Together, we can change the world!


Donating online is fast, easy, and totally secure. If you would prefer to send a check please mail it to:

Food For The Poor Inc.
6401 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Write on the check's memo line "SC 097730" to ensure proper tracking

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Help 40 families escape extreme poverty

Help build the Village of Joy, near Fort Liberte, Haiti. Each of the 40 families who live there will receive a concrete house complete with sanitation, water storage, and a solar powered light kit. Each family will also receive a goat for milk and cheese as well as agricultural supplies and training so they can grow their own food. Finally, the village will include a multi-purpose community center and cows that will provide income opportunities for the villagers.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Will you help a family living in extreme poverty today?

Why I'm 'doing something'

My family struggled financially when I was young. We did everything we could to make ends meet. We shopped garage sales. We clipped coupons. We maintained a big vegetable garden. We froze and canned food. Mom sewed dresses for me and my sister, and also for herself. At nine, I got a paper route and started "loaning" my parents money to pay family bills. I worried that we would lose our home. I'd heard my parents talk about the possibility many times. Having the utilities cut off was a real and frequent concern, though it only actually happened once that I remember. We never went hungry, but we ate so many casseroles as a way to stretch a pound of ground beef that I once begged for anything resembling a piece of meat--even when that meant liver, which I hate.

I felt so completely helpless to change our situation. It was a very difficult experience for me, but there are many people in other parts of the world who have it much worse than I did. Where we had family we could lean on. Their families are all in the same situation they are. Parents build shelters out of whatever scraps they can find. Those shelters don't protect their families from the elements or from pests like rats and mosquitos. Furthermore, they watch their children starve or die of preventable diseases. If I felt helpless, how helpless--hopeless, really--must they feel? If I were in their shoes, I would want someone to take notice and care enough to help. I have taken notice and I care. I want to change that for 40 families in the Village of Joy. Will you help?


About Food For The Poor

Since its inception in 1982, Food For The Poor has been serving the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Thanks to faithful donors, Food For The Poor's programs provide housing, clean water, education, micro-enterprise initiatives, healthcare, and emergency relief in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.

Collectively, Food For The Poor has raised over $11 billion in aid, more than half of which was provided in the last five years, and has built more than 91,000 housing units for the destitute. The best part? Total administrative costs have remained under 5%, which means that more than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help those in desperate need.


Want to help? Please click the DONATE button at the top of this page now.

The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any support you can provide. It will benefit a great cause!

Any gift amount is appreciated and will directly go to helping the poor. Help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter!
Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

Thanks so much for your generosity! Together, we can change the world!


Donating online is fast, easy, and totally secure. If you would prefer to send a check please mail it to:

Food For The Poor Inc.
6401 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Write on the check's memo line "SC 097730" to ensure proper tracking

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