A father is like a tree trunk, a mother the branches and the leaves..........

By Maria Robles
Jan. 24, 2020

A father is like a tree trunk, a mother the branches and the leaves, their children stand in their shade safe and secure.

A father is like a tree trunk, a mother the branches and leaves, their children stand in their shade safe and secure. This is what my mother told me when I shared with her I was interested in working with men in Tanzania. “Not one more important than the other,” she said. My name is Maria Robles I am a third year volunteer living in one of the villages central part of Tanzania. For the last three years I have focused my service to training and working with Tanzanian men around several health issues affecting them and their communities. With training like Men as partners we are able to engage these men in the different ways they can positively have an effect in their communities as a whole.

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Maria acclimating her mens' youth group to the health clinic.

By understanding power dynamics, gender dynamics, unhealthy and risky behaviors, and having access to general health questions they are able to choose for themselves the types of men, youth, fathers, uncles, brothers, and mentors they wish to be. The idea of socialized behavior is explained and highlighted allowing for fathers like my own who were raised a certain way to evaluate and make a decision of what fatherhood, and or manhood means to them. And how these decisions have a direct connection to their families, communities, and society.


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