This is the last in a series of four stories about fathers of children sponsored through Unbound. We’ve been posting these leading up to the celebration of Father’s Day on June 19. Click here to watch the companion video.
On a sunny day in Uganda, Mark is hard at work in his backyard woodshop.
A self-employed carpenter for 31 years, Mark has had to jump a lot of hurdles to get his business — and his family — to the steady place they are now. His daughter, Veronika, is sponsored through Unbound and he attributes much of the family’s economic stability to her sponsorship.
Rolando didn’t have a father growing up in Cartagena, Colombia. His dad died in a car crash when he was just a baby, and his mother died from diabetes when he was only 3 years old.
“I don’t recall much of my parents,” Rolando said, “but I remember my mother being a hard-working woman, and remember her selling fried food downtown. … The one thing I remember from her is the big love she gave us; that is something that I still have inside me.”
Happy Father’s Day from Unbound! To help celebrate all the awesome dads out there, we want to share the story of David from Kenya. He has enough fatherly love in his heart that, in addition to raising his own children, he also took in his nieces and nephew when their parents died.
Read more about David and his family here.
Father’s Day is celebrated June 17 in the U.S., and we want to take this time to celebrate all fathers in the CFCA world.
We lift up fathers in our CFCA projects who struggle from dusk to dawn to put food on the table, those who overcome their fears to allow their sons to go to school instead of working in the fields, those who understand the value of education for their daughters and those who appreciate their wives as true partners in providing for the family.
We lift up fathers in the U.S. who work to instill in their children an appreciation for what they have, those who model God’s loving kindness and those who desire most of all to leave a legacy of generosity and compassion for their children.
Here is a video of a special father, Ruben in Colombia, and the daily sacrifices he makes to provide for his family.
By Natasha Sims, blog admin
I can’t tell you how many times I have started this blog post about Father’s Day, only to delete it and start over. It’s a curious thing to write about fathers. Many of the families we serve, especially in Latin America, are headed by a single mother because the father has abandoned his family. In other cases, wives and children are subjected to abuse by frustrated men who can’t provide for their family.
And, yet, I can’t help but feel guilty for making such sweeping, stereotypical statements about fathers because there are so many loving, gentle fathers who are focused on creating a better life for their family.
So, I decided that, rather than give you one story for Father’s Day to read through the weekend, I would find all the inspirational father stories and anecdotes that I could think of — from the heart-warming to the heart breaking.
Below you will find excerpts and links to stories gathered from our blog and website.
“I am focused on everything I can do to bring up my children with an honest life and to help them graduate,” Daniel Ernesto said. “Once my children are grown and have graduated, I will feel satisfied. Then, I may have a chance to think about me and my life.”
From Focused on his children
Hector has a fierce love for his wife and children. He protects them and ensures that they have what they need. And, education is his first priority. ìSometimes my children help me in my plantation, but school is first, so I work alone most of the time.î
From The courage and love of a father
A man who is still searching the mud for family members said, ìI am going to look for them until I find their bodies. I have lost everything.
From Mudslides devastate towns in the blink of an eye
An ERPAT father named Federico shared his experience in helping Allan, 10, overcome the trauma caused by Typhoon Ondoy.
From Opening the window
El Salvador celebrates Father’s Day. CFCA’s El Salvador Director of Communications Henry Flores shows us how CFCA supports that celebration on this special day.
Watch Celebrating fathers in El Salvador
CFCA fathers groups were instrumental in the response to the typhoons in the Philippines.
From Photos from the Philippines
For Rene, his most important role as a father is sharing the reality of life with his children. This includes ìexplaining the good and bad effects of drinking too much alcohol, behaving as a model in whatever I do, and encouraging my children to study until they earn the highest degree they can,î he said.
From CFCA’s website
Our Father, we give you thanks for the men around the world who serve as protectors and guides for their families. Let your strength be their strength, let your wisdom be their wisdom, let your love shine through them. We pray for those men who struggle to fulfill their role as fathers to their children. Help them to know your grace. Bless the bonds of love that exist between all fathers and their families.
From Prayer Partners