Celebrate Father’s Day

 

At Shadhika, we know that sometimes it takes a village to help raise up a young woman, and that includes fathers. That’s why this Father’s Day we are celebrating this support by honoring the fathers and father figures in our lives. To join us in celebrating this bond, donate $50 or more in honor of a father figure who has supported you, and we will send them a personalized Father’s Day card.

Give thanks today

 

To show her own gratitude, Durga, a Shadhika Scholar, wrote the following letter to her father in honor of Father’s Day:

“The first and most important person in my family is my father. He works hard and because of his efforts, my family members are able to survive. My papa is special to me because he helps my mom take care of my brothers and sisters and me. When my mom is sick, my papa is always there to comfort her. He comforts me during hard times and helps me cook and do housework. I am indeed blessed to have someone like him as my papa. He has worked so hard and is my greatest inspiration, always encouraging me to chase my dreams.

“When I was in 12th grade, our economic situation was not good. I had dreams of studying science and achieving good grades. But to go to school, I needed some financial assistance. Some orthodox people in our community argued that providing higher education to young women is a complete waste of money because, at the end of the day, a woman’s job is to start a family and settle down. This community opinion is improving and I’m happy about that. Our relatives were against my decision to study science but my papa always believed in making me and my sisters capable of standing on our own feet and being independent. He works overtime, even when he’s ill, just to make sure he can give the best resources in his capacity.

“I ardently wait for the day when I will be capable of fulfilling his dream of seeing me become an independent, self-sufficient woman, and taking good care of my family as my papa did. I won’t be on par with my papa but I will try my best and set a positive example for society.

“So, papa, thank you for teaching me how to be strong, to believe in my dreams, helping me to achieve my goals, and for all of your trust. I wouldn’t be who I am today without your support.”