About Charith Norvelle

I’m the girl that laughs at the “writers” who sit behind their Macs at a pretentious coffee shop trying to find inspiration... and then I laugh harder because I’m one of them. A coffee obsessed photographer, in love with God, people, and travel... but where I’m from, thats not original at all. Planted in Portland, Oregon growing in Phoenix, Arizona. I joined Food for the Hungry in 2008 because I love people. Photographing them, learning and sharing their stories and helping you to touch, taste, and smell their world... don’t worry... the smell's not that bad.
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Rwanda: Country of Hope

In my six years with Food for the Hungry (FH), I have traveled to 15-plus countries. Each country has threads of similarities, but ultimately, each makes its own unique fabric. Rwanda was by far one of the most surprising countries I have visited. On my first visit to Kigali, Rwanda, I was there on study […]

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Thankful people are happy people

Have you ever met those people who seemingly have it all. The great career, the sweet ride, the family with 2.5 kids… and some of these people seem a bit unhappy? In stark contrast you may have met people with… well nothing… literally. I’ve met many of these people in my travels through Asia, Africa, […]

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We are culture makers

I remember the first time someone said that to me. “Stop trying to find culture, you are culture, you’re creating it.” I thought that guy had lost his mind. I’d spent the last several years traveling through many countries and taking in different cultures – trying to cram pieces of all of them into my […]

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What it means to live with integrity

One of the things I love about Food for the Hungry (FH), is that it’s an organization that strives for integrity. So, it was especially meaningful for me start attending my very first Beth Moore Bible study in which we discussed integrity at great length. I’ve been at it for two months now – and […]

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She still thinks she’s a slave. She doesn’t realize she’s a daughter now.

I heard this story the other day about a little girl in India… Let’s call her Shanti (because it means “peace” in Hindi). Her father passed away and her mother abandoned her. She became a servant, enslaved. An American pastor visiting a ministry in India heard this story and felt compelled to help. Shanti had […]

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The complexity of humankind

Guest Blogger: Chellsea LaBarge studied  Non Profit and Leadership Management at ASU. She has spent the past several months learning and contributing to FH as an intern in the Phoenix office.    The complexity of humankind We humans are incredibly complex beings. We have physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs. Throughout my life I understood intellectually that […]

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Like losing 100 pounds, change doesn’t happen over night.

Often we try to strong-arm our way through life. We wish ourselves strong enough to resist this or that. We will ourselves to be more disciplined. We wake up determined to make better choices but end the day feeling defeated. Each day is a war… with ourselves and with life. It doesn’t have to be […]

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Made in …….?

Guest Blogger: Chellsea LaBarge is a student at ASU studying Non Profit and Leadership Management. She has spent the past several months learning and contributing to FH as an intern in the Phoenix office.  My fishbowl Growing up, my childhood was spent in the small town of Surprise, Arizona. My family moved to the city during […]

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How do you use water?

It wasn’t until I was running around collecting water from storm drains during a storm that I realized the preciousness of water – and how blessed I am back home in the US to have unlimited access to it. Completely soaked, I hauled five gallon buckets of rain water across the yard (each gallon of water […]

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What cultural lies are you buying into?

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are […]

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