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Getting to Know You as You Get to Know Us

Since our event launch at the end of September, we’ve been working on several new and exciting upcoming projects! But first, we want to start off by thanking each and every one of you who attended the launch at the end of September. For those of you who weren’t there, Daughters, Dishing, & a Documentary was indeed a success with over 200 guests in attendance and $10,000 raised for the organization. We couldn’t have done any of it without you! Now, let’s take a look at The Fatherless Daughter Project’s most recent projects. If you would like to help click on DONATE NOW on the website. More

Kate

kate_fdKate lost both her parents within a year of each other when she was in her early twenties. Today she knows who she is and who she is not. She’s more genuine and authentic. Bolder. She has fully embraced who she has become and considers herself a better person for their death. More

We’re Launching!

The Latest has been The Greatest

With our nonprofit launching in less than a week, we wanted to make some changes. The first change is adding this blog to our website so we could continue to update all of you on our journey and our progress. This launch has been a long time coming and believe that it has been all worth it.
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Laken

fd_lakenMeet Laken, a junior at the University of South Carolina. She’s a southern girl at heart with a vivacious personality. Her father left when she was born and although he came back for a while, their relationship remained affected by substance abuse, jail time, and a remarriage. More

Leigh Ann

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How did you get connected with The Fatherless Daughter Project?
I was doing some personal researching on the topic of fatherlessness and came across the website.

Can you tell us in a few sentences about your personal story of father loss?
My father died when I was 3 years old. I never knew him. I have no personal memories of him so for me it is more about a void than a loss. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1966. I was born in 1968 while his cancer was in remission. In January 1971 his cancer came back. He died in March 1971. More

ShaCora

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How did you get connected with The Fatherless Daughter Project?
I connected with the Fatherless Daughter Project by conducting research for Fatherless Daughters on the Rise. It was through a google search that lead me to such an insightful and positive movement that paralleled with my work.

Can you tell us in a few sentences about your personal story of father loss?
My story of being fatherless began at birth. My father to this day has never acknowledged or accepted me as his daughter. In my early years it was not as near as painful as it became as an adult. Through my pain I discovered more of Jesus Christ and have learned no matter how you become fatherless, God will always be a father to the fatherless. I have learned rest in that. More

Angela

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How did you get connected with The Fatherless Daughter Project?
I became connected with The Fatherless Daughter Project through Facebook. My half-brother, with whom I had no real relationship, had just gotten married. Seeing all the pictures of people who were my family –  but whom I didn’t have a relationship with, including my father – put me in a lost state. So I went looking for something that could relate to me being fatherless so I wouldn’t feel so alone. That’s when I found The Fatherless Daughter Project.

Can you tell us in a few sentences about your personal story of father loss?

My father was in and out of my life until I was about eleven. He literally lived about fifteen blocks away from my house with his family. When he stop coming around, I was devastated. I could never actually figure out what I had done or didn’t do to make him stop caring, and that feeling is something that I carried into my adult life. More

Stephanie

“I am a strong believer that your pain helps birth your purpose … NEVER give up.” ~ Stephanie “Alyrical” Gowdy

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 We would like to introduce Stephanie “Alyrical” Gowdy, a woman who has beautifully combined talent, heartache and love to create beautiful writings for for other fatherless daughters as well as extraordinary works of art. We were touched by her honesty and bravery despite life’s obstacles and hope that you can also find hope and healing in her story.

How did you get connected with The Fatherless Daughter Project?

I am a blogger who writes about the fatherless epidemic, and during my search to find other sites and organizations to connect with, I came across The Fatherless Daughter Project on Facebook. I have been connected ever since.

Can you tell us in a few sentences about your personal story of father loss?

I always knew who my father was, but at the age of 5, my mother left my father and he left me at the same time. Although he walked out of my life, he always managed to make random appearances to give me false hope, run down my self-esteem, and emotionally and verbally abuse me. He broke me. More

Rebecca

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 We would like to introduce Rebecca Fraiz, a woman who wants to inspire others through her story of survival, growth and self-expression. She has indeed inspired us with her artwork and her beautiful reflections on how to lead a life of meaning, despite not knowing one’s father.

We hope you will also be encouraged and touched by her words in this interview:

How did you get connected with The Fatherless Daughter Project?

Through Facebook.  I saw a link that had the “Fatherless Daughter Project” and it applied to me and so  I followed the link.  I am grateful for this project because it has helped me feel valued and empowered by the things shared on the site.

Can you tell us in a few sentences about your personal story of father loss?

My parents were divorced, and we did not have any connection with my father throughout my life.  I didn’t understand what happened nor did I realize the impact of the loss until later in life. More

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