Happy Global Day of Parents! Haven’t heard about it?
Here is the official UN statement:
The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honors parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
In its resolution, the General Assembly also noted that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
The resolution recognizes the role of parents in the rearing of children and invites Member States to celebrate the Day in full partnership with civil society, particularly involving young people and children.
We want to take this day to celebrate Dalit parents.
At DFN we exist to help and support Dalits in their quest for freedom, education, opportunity and equality in the communities where they live. We come alongside Dalit families to help provide a quality education for their children, one which they could not have afforded without help. Dalit parents, like parents all over the globe, want the best for their children. They want their kids to have a better life than they have had. We are grateful to support these parents in their dreams for their children.
The following reports from some of our schools illustrate just how much a subsidized education means to parents:
Raja is in 4th grade. His village is quite a distance from school, yet he walks there daily. His father is a farmer who makes very little money and his family struggles to provide the bare essentials. Raja’s father believes that the presence of the Good Shepherd school will help in the overall progress of their community and claims that others with similar situations could not imagine educating their kids anywhere else. Raja has ambition to become a first class officer.
Asha is a little girl studying in the first grade of a Good Shepherd school. Her father is a farmer. He says he is happy to see Asha speaking and reading English and especially enjoys when she sings phonics songs and reads books. He also says, “Our GS School has brought hope in the life of poor parents to fulfill their dream to educate their own children.”
Do you ever think about what sacrifices you would be willing to make for an education for a child you love?
We want to take a moment this Global Parents Day to stand with Dalit parents to honor the love, choices, and sacrifices they make every day on behalf of their children.
Please consider joining our Fresh Start 10,000 Reasons effort to support more Dalit parents in their hopes and dreams for their children’s education and lives.
The global Dalit Freedom Network has been challenged to free 5,000 children in 2015. 5,000! If we do it, every dollar we raise will be matched by a donor once the funds reach India. This means 10,000 children will have the opportunity to get the education they need to change their future! Fresh Start is a significant opportunity for us to start strong.