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Dwayne Wade's mom helps build Haiti village

Jolinda Wade is inspired to help out the residents of Haiti with a $650,000 fundraising effort to build a 100-home village.

Ronald Martinez

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade's mother, Jolinda Wade, has taken a trip she took with Food for the Poor to Haiti to heart and is now planning on raising more than $650,000 to help build a village in the island nation.

Jolinda Wade was particularly struck by a mountainous community in Haiti, where she told the Orlando Sun Sentinel, "[it's] like the world stopped."

"I want to be a voice," Wade told the Sun Sentinel. "You've got to believe in the cause of helping someone in worse shape."

A pastor in her hometown of Chicago, Wade hopes to team with members of the clergy and other NBA mothers to help raise the funds need to build the planned 100 homes, according to the report.

Each home is estimated to cost about $6,400, and Wade also hopes to add community centers and places to find fresh, clean water for those living in the areas as part of the redevelopment.

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