Two single fathers, Dennis Romaine of Silver Lake and Paul ‘Mobile-Man’ Bunch of Fortune, were awarded hampers from the Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW), in recognition of their role as single parents.
The presentations were made to the awardees at the DNCW office earlier this morning by Coordinator at the DNCW Josephine Dublin-Prince. Prince said that the collaborative effort, in conjunction with Caribbean Men Action Network (CARIMAN), is one that is needed in our society for both single mothers and fathers.
“We did similarly around Mother’s Day for single mothers and in our work we realized that there are also single fathers who did not just abandon their children when the mothers may have abandoned them and we really need to applaud them, need to thank them and tell them that they need to continue what they are doing,” she remarked.
Walter Greenaway of the National Men’s Forum expressed gratitude at the DNCW’s initiative to celebrate the awardees, who have made an impact in the life of their children. CARIMAN President, Thomas Holmes said that his organization is honored to have partnered with the DNCW in this initiative.
Thomas said, “Today I applaud the DNCW for this gesture, for recognizing the fathers in our midst and CARIMAN is honored by this gesture from the DNCW for acknowledging the work of these fathers.”
Bunch, a father of an 8-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, said, “Praise to the Almighty for the strength that I’ve got to take care of my kids because taking care of them is a situation. I want to say thanks to the DNWC.”
Romaine, also a father of two, a 7-year-old girl and 8-year-old girl, said that things are shaping up very well for him and his children and joined Bunch in thanking the DNCW for their donation.
“I’m thanking everyone for the gift that was given to me for the children. I’ve been going through a rough time with them, but things are going much better,” he said.