‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows . . .’ – Ps. 68:5
One of the greatest social needs in Canada is fatherlessness. Statistics will over and over again show the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits when a father is actively involved in the life of his child. In 2004, Canada had over 1.3 million single parent families – 81% of these families were led by women (source: www.imfcanada.org / Statistics Canada).
Broader North American statistics indicate the impact that occurs in a fatherless child:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept of Health/Census) – 5 times the average
- 70% of youths in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept of Justice)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National Principals Association Report)
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control)
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes (“The Fatherless Generation”)
In an effort to see what was being done to address the needs of the fatherless and how we could help, we held forums with ministries and agencies across Canada. A total of 96 participants attended Hope for the Fatherless forums in 10 cities from coast to coast. Here is what some of them had to say:
- “Fatherlessness is North America’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.” (Youth Worker, Edmonton)
- “The concept of a father doesn’t exist in our society today.” (Social Worker, Winnipeg)
- “Many men have come to the role of father by right rather than responsibility.” (Youth Worker, Halifax)
- “There is an illness in this country, everything else is a symptom.” (Inner City Leader, Calgary)
The Heart of God
We began to ask ourselves, “What can we do? How can we encourage men to step up? To end apathy and take up the cause of their Heavenly Father?”
The Fatherless Project
The goal of The Fatherless Project is to challenge and equip men to be part of the solution to the problem of fatherlessness by mentoring a boy in need.
This begins with Fatherless Project Training Events. These are 3 hour workshops designed to provide information for potential mentors and begin the training. Men that are interested in volunteering then continue the process with local churches and agencies that screen and train them further before connecting them with a boy to be mentored.
We hold training events after our national conferences and when requested by local churches.
If you would like further information regarding bringing The Fatherless Project to your area please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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