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Celebrating the role of dads and father figures in our lives

On 3 September, we mark Father’s Day 2023. It’s a special day to acknowledge and celebrate the positive impact of dads and father figures and the ways they’ve helped shape us to be the people we are today. A loving, present, and supportive male role model can have a lasting influence on our wellbeing.

Around the world, dads and father figures are doing their part to raise a stronger, happier – and more educated – generation of children. Whether the male role model in your life encouraged you to pursue your hobbies, explained current events, encouraged you to stay in school or inspired you to dream big, chances are he made sure education was a top priority when you were growing up.

A hands-on approach to fatherhood

Early childhood education is a stepping stone to building a brighter future for children. In Lautem, Timor-Leste, one dad’s dedication to his children’s education is making positive! – waves in his community.

Like most dads, Florencio, wants a better future for his three children. He makes it a priority to be involved in all aspects of their lives, especially when it comes to their education.

“For me, the most important thing is my children,” says Florencio, who can be seen every morning, walking his sons to school. His oldest son is in Year 2 and his second son is attending a local ChildFund supported preschool. “I share work with my wife, my wife takes care of our third child, and I take the kids to school every day. Every important thing that I must do I always do it after my children come back from school.”

A hands-on dad, Florencio is committed to giving his children a good head start in life, even if that means going against the traditional gender roles of his community. Besides school drop-off being non-negotiable, he makes time to sit and study with his children twice a day and reads magazines with them to help them with literacy. They also play games together supplied by ChildFund at the preschool. Today, Florencio’s oldest son, Arjun, is one of the top students in his grade!

A passionate advocate for quality early childhood education, Florencio is leading by example. His actions show the important role dads and father figures can play in helping children achieve their dreams. 

Give the ultimate charity gift this Father’s Day

It’s not too late to show your appreciation for dad! A charitable gift from our range of Gifts for Good will give your dad the opportunity to help children stay in school and get a quality education.

Here are a few last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas we think will bring a smile to your dad’s face.

Donate a School Supplies Set / Gift a Scholarship / Buy a Bicycle & Helmet

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