Brampton teen’s T-shirts support those in developing countries
BRAMPTON — Last year, when the plane he was in hit severe turbulence, 16-year-old Youssef Eid, saw his life flash in front him – but instead of fear, he felt regret.
So, when Eid and his family returned to Canada, the Brampton teen began to relentlessly pursue the idea of helping change the lives of poor farmers and struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries.
The result? The non-profit humanitarian apparel company Phil Anth.
The proceeds from every T-shirt sold will be directed as loans to social enterprises in developing countries.
“Phil Anth believes in the concept of giving globally and acting locally and putting our money where our bodies can’t be,” said Eid, a Grade 11 student at Brampton’s Cardinal Leger Secondary School. “The idea for the company came to me while I was on a flight to Canada after a vacation in Aruba last summer. The poverty I saw there (Aruba) was insane and hidden from all the tourists. On the way back our plane hit severe turbulence and fell through the sky for 10 seconds. It was a shock. Everybody around me was screaming and praying for their lives and all I could think about was the poverty I saw.”
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