The courage and love of a father

By Henry Flores, director of the communications center in El Salvador

In June, we celebrate Fatherís Day in many countries in Latin America, and it’s in these countries where millions of children don’t have access to proper education, nutrition, health and unfortunately, many of them donít even have a father.

More often than not, the typical Latin American family has only one parent at home ñ the mother. This stark reality is based on many factors, including the oppressive poverty and cultural standards.

The precarious financial situation of many families forces fathers to migrate from the rural areas into the cities or other countries. Others work away from home and return only a couple days per month, and still others simply become part of the statistics of those who donít care for their children.

In spite of this reality, there are fathers who stay to face the challenges and burdens of their life and families. They stay home with their wife and children to be together, to be a family, instilling in them values, creating awareness and helping to build a strong society by offering united families.

At CFCA, we are blessed to witness the courage of many of these men who strive every single day to be good examples of a hard-working spirit, a family leader and loving paternal figure, not only for their own children, but for other children in their communities.

HectorI recently met Hector and his wife, Maria Esperanza. They are raising five children. Hector works in agriculture, and with the help of small loans, he works 2.5 acres of land, planting corn and beans, producing enough to sell part of it to pay his debts and keeping a little of his production for the family consumption. Hector travels by horse for almost two hours to the land he rents to grow his crops. He usually works long days, under very high temperatures and extreme humidity, starting early in the morning and returning home late at night.

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
Hector's family
The financial situation of the family is difficult, but the dreams of this father for his children are the motivation he needs to work hard. ìThings can be difficult, I work hard. It is my hope that my children will be educated and have a better life, and I just need to work harder,î Hector said.

We praise our Lord for the gift of fatherhood, for the opportunity to be loved by a father and I thank You, my Lord, for the blessings of being a father.

The third Sunday of June marks Fatherís Day in many countries worldwide, including the United States. Today, June 17, those in El Salvador and Guatemala celebrate their fathers. We, at CFCA, would like to honor all fathers, including Henry Flores and Hector, for the courage and strength they provide to their families.

Read about Danielís father, who strives to see his children graduate.

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0 thoughts on “The courage and love of a father

  1. Hector is truly an example of not only a dedicated father but what every man aspires to be. I think that from many perspectives we see Hector as a man that doesn’t have much whose life is filled with struggles and hardships. I think the opposite. I think Hector has in his life what most men can only dream of having. He has a family whom he adores with every ounce of his soul and a passion for life that motivates him to carry on day by day to provide for his family. I was truly inspired by Hector and hope that his story influences many more men.

  2. I think this continues to prove how important love is in our lives. We need to have it and give it like Hector has to his family. Many people are just like Hector and don’t have much, but are truly thankful for what they have and make the very best of it, something my own father tries to remind me of frequently. I feel so blessed that my heavenly father has provided me such a wonderful earthly father and I’m sure Hector’s family feels the exact same way!

  3. what a great man….my own father never loved me and beat me often….I hope to some day, as a gay man, to have my own children and like this father, only want the best for them and lead by example for them and all those around…we need more men like this in the world

  4. In today’s world, where so many people (including myself) take the smallest things for granted, it is truly inspiring to read these stories and come back to Earth to realize just how hard some people work and call that their ‘normal’ day without seeking the spotlight. God bless Hector for his selfless acts and his desire to become a better father everyday for his children. I can only pray to be half the man or father that this Man is…

  5. Amazing story! I will pray for Hector and his family tonight.
    Also thanks for reminding me about this, I’ll go and call my father right now. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other …

  6. Hector is a very hard working father, think that he is an example for many other father. i wish him good luck and all the blessiing from the Lord…

  7. In todayís world, where so many people (including myself) take the smallest things for granted, it is truly inspiring to read these stories and come back to Earth to realize just how hard some people work and call that their ënormalí day without seeking the spotlight. God bless Hector for his selfless acts and his desire to become a better father everyday for his children. I can only pray to be half the man or father that this Man isÖ

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