You Can't Dream if You Can't Eat
Charles is the founder of Feed My Starving Children's partner, Light Up Our Youth Foundation. Growing up as an orphan in Haiti, Charles ate MannaPack™ Rice at school, but he never knew where it came from. Years later, he was packing these meals at our Schaumburg, Illinois packing site. The moment he tasted the sample at the end of the session, he knew these were the meals he ate as a child. He shares his story below.
Growing Up in Haiti My name is Charles H. Saint-Vil and I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in a small village in Haiti. I was born in a poor family. Since I was born, many diseases want to end my life on day one. I was born very sick. My condition was preventing me to talk. Everyone thought that I would never be able to speak in my life.
At 7 years old, I became an orphan. In Haiti, there’s no foster home or other assistance for a 7-year-old kid like me. I ended up living on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As a young boy growing up on the streets of the Port-au-Prince, without a family or any relatives to support me, I experienced first-hand the challenges of starvation, misery, poverty and violence.
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