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Haiti - Social : Father's Day, Message from Lesly Condé
Message from Lesly Condé :
"Dear compatriots and friends everywhere,
I join you, members of all our communities, for the annual celebration of Haitian Father's Day. On this day of June, we reflect on the importance of the role of the father in any household and the lasting positive effect that a conscientious father's task can have on a family, a community, a society. We pay a well-deserved tribute to all the compatriots who fulfill this role with consistency and stoicism because the circumstances are not always simple and it is always with the father of the family who return the final decisions.
The paternal presence is therefore a very important ingredient for the development of any individual. By combining tenderness with firmness, the father of the family represents this stabilizing element which watches over the harmonious growth of the family. In the eyes of any growing child, daddy is a hero who knows everything, who is up to any situation, and who is always right. It is a role both very important and very delicate because even in the circumstances where it is least suspected, the child observes his model, wants to be exactly like him.
The Haitian father deserves very special consideration because very often he plays his role admirably despite the difficulties of all kinds which he has to face day after day. His role often imposes unusual sacrifices on him. This true hero is often misunderstood because despite the enormous frustrations that constitute his daily life, he manages to combine tenderness and firmness in order to ensure stability and respect for the home. He is the important guide of a generation that must be stronger and go further... much further.
I wish an excellent Haitian Father's Day to all those who have fulfilled this important role. At the same time, I encourage the young fathers of today to be aware of the role they are called to play in the formation of a generation.
Thank you for your attention."
Former Consul General of Haiti in Chicago
(August 26, 2004 - May 25, 2018)
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