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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God was at work this year. And He worked through you.
You provided food when it mattered most. Despite the year’s unprecedented challenges, children around the world are flourishing because of His work through you.
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Hunger and a lack of clean water go hand in hand. Both malnutrition and inadequate water supply and sanitation are linked to poverty, according to the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program.
The World Health Organization and UNICEF found that 160 million children suffer from stunting and chronic malnutrition linked to water and sanitation.
Feed My Starving Children partners with organizations around the world to reach God’s hungriest children. Many of these organizations provide clean water and water filtration systems in addition to FMSC meals...
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