Here’s a children’s feature which will help children reflect on the fathers around the world.
Kipara is a father. He farms together with his wife, Rose, and their seven children—five of their own and two godchilren whose parents have died. Not very long ago, Kipara and Rose and their family did not have enough food to eat. It often would not rain enough in their area of Tanzania, and their farm fields would not grow enough food.
This made Kipara very sad. He wanted to be able to feed his children and have enough money to send them to school and buy them medicine when they got sick.
Kipara started working very hard on new ideas. First, he started changing the way he farmed his land. He started to farm with new ways of taking care of the soil, called conservation farming
Next, he planted banana trees in his maize (corn) fields, even though no one else had done that before.
Then, he did something his neighbours thought was very silly. He dug a path from the road by his house to his farm field! But he did it on purpose. Now, when it rains, water pours off a hill close by, down the road, along his path and into his field. He now has more water to help his crops grow!
He also found a way to store rain water at home so that Rose and the children do not have to walk so far to get the water they need.
Kipara loves his family very much. He continues to work hard to find more ways to make sure his family is healthy and happy, even if they are brand new ideas and others might think he’s strange. Because of this hard work, thankfully, Kipara’s family is not hungry anymore. Now, Kipara is also helping his neighbours change the way they are farming so their families will not be hungry either.
Kipara is a good father. He cares for his family. But he also shows care for other families. Let’s pray for Kipara, and other fathers like him, who are working hard to makes sure their families have enough to eat.
Creator God, thank you for fathers. Thank you for grandfathers and uncles and brothers and all the wonderful men who help take care of us. Thank you for the food we eat and the schools we go to and all the fun games we play. Give food to people in the world who do not have enough to eat. Be with the all the fathers in the world as they work hard to take care of their children. Amen