Images of fatherhood

One father in Burundi struggles to feed his child, but lays down his pride and begs his neighbors for help to feed his son. Another in Mexico leaves his gang and opens a tattoo studio to teach his son and friends about the importance of a non-violent lifestyle. Yet another father in Cambodia starts a new chapter by giving up his alcohol addiction in order to be a better dad and husband.

The challenges of fatherhood may be diverse and broad in scope -- but love, care, and self-sacrifice are traits that dads all around the world have in common, regardless of their circumstances. In honor of this upcoming Father's Day, June 17, these images show some of the precious moments fathers around the world share with their children.

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Domitrien with his son, Innocent. Innocent

Domitrien with his son, Innocent, in Burundi. Innocent's mother left the family when he was only 6 months old. Without breast milk, Innocent's growth was stunted. At the age of 3, he is the size of a 1-year-old and can only stand for short amounts of time. Domitrien is determined to make a life for his son, so he seeks work cutting wood and tilling land. When jobs aren't available, Domitrien is forced to beg for money. (Photo: Robert Coronado/World Vision)

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Celso Naun Chagaya holds his son, Miguel. Celso, a former gang member, now runs a tattoo studio and uses tattoos as a form of expression.

Celso Naun Chagaya holds his son, Miguel, in Mexico. Celso, a former gang member, now runs a tattoo studio and uses tattoos as a form of expression. (Photo: Alyssa Bistonath/World Vision)

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Chenda and her father. "My family lives in good situation now because of World Vision staff always visit and advise my parents and myself," says Chenda.

Chenda and her father in Cambodia. "My family lives in good situation now because of World Vision staff always visit and advise my parents and myself," says Chenda. "Many activities and meetings (are) conducted by World Vision, and I attend. Before, my father loved drinking alcohol and used violence on my mother and even me. I cried and called other neighbor to help. Now, everything is good; I love my father. And there is toilet in every house in the village. I understand and love hygiene and sanitation, and I share with my classmates about what I have learned from World Vision. I love my family, my village, and my health." (Photo: Vichheka Sok/World Vision)

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Dan Amina with his son, Maroufi Hamissou, at the Mayara Health Clinic in Niger. Maroufi is being treated for malnutrition and pneumonia.

Dan Amina with his son, Maroufi Hamissou, at the Mayara Health Clinic in Niger. Maroufi is being treated for malnutrition and pneumonia. (Photo: Chris Sisarich for World Vision)

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Myalla Muhoja and his 3-year-old-son, Kulwa Muhoja. Myalla is a proud supporting partner in his wife

Myalla Muhoja and his 3-year-old-son, Kulwa Muhoja, in Tanzania. Myalla is a proud supporting partner in his wife's gardening business. (Photo: Paul Bettings/World Vision)

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Tano sits with his father, Mahona Saida. Tano is malnourished because his family cannot afford food.

Tano sits with his father, Mahona Saida, in Tanzania. Tano is malnourished because his family cannot afford food. "Tano is not able to walk, talk, or see properly. Our challenge is money. We concentrate on buying maize for the family," says Mahona, who rears cattle for money. (Photo: Paul Bettings/World Vision)

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A man spends time with his son in Amri Karbi, India.

A man spends time with his son in Amri Karbi, India. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

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Christopher Thomas shares a moment with his 8-month-old son, My-Zhon.

Christopher Thomas shares a moment with his 8-month-old son, My-Zhon. (Photo: Heidi Isaza/World Vision)


Have you decided how to honor Dad this upcoming Father's Day, June 17? Here are two great options by which you can also bring help and hope to other dads in need around the world:

  • Fund a small business loan for a hardworking male entrepreneur. With this simple investment, you can help a dad create or expand a business, helping him to provide for his family and offer a valuable service to his community. When his loan is repaid, it will be recycled to help even more entrepreneurs in need!
  • Sponsor a child today. Sponsorship provides assistance for more than just one boy or girl; it offers benefits for a whole family and community, building a means by which to escape poverty and enjoy a future of self-sufficiency and hope.

Read more on the World Vision Blog about: Father's Day For parents

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