Daniel, 18, was first featured in the opening edition of The Scholar. Since that edition, Daniel was sponsored, graduated high school and started his journalism studies at a university. Here, his father reflects on raising his children and seeing Daniel graduate.
As told by Daniel’s father to Henry Flores, director of CFCA’s communication center in El Salvador.
My name is Daniel Ernesto, I am 46 years old and I was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador.
I have two brothers, however, we did not grow up together.
When I was little, my father decided to take me to his sisterís house to live with her because neither of my parents could take care of me. My father died when I was 2 years old, so I did not get to meet him.
My aunt did not have any children, so she gave me everything I needed. Now that I am an adult, I realize that family is more important than having everything you need. The family and the mother offer a natural trust.
My aunt was a teacher. She died when I was 19 years old. However, I was blessed to finish high school and had some extra education in electricity.
When my aunt died, and I got married, I started to work in anything that would give me some income. I did carpentry, bricklaying, etc. When you want to accomplish things, you need to put forth all your efforts. Good things are hard to get.
One of the most difficult moments in my life was when my wife left me and our three children. I stayed with the three of them. From one day to the next, I had to wash their clothes and cook for them. I remember I used to get up very early in the morning to do all this.
It was very difficult for me to adapt to my new situation as a single father, but I trusted God so much. He has never left me alone.
Raising my children was hard, but I had solid moral values. I told myself, “I have gone through this, I grew up without a father or a family, I donít want my children to live what I lived.” My mother even told me to let her raise the children, but I told her that I was going to be their mother and father.