Norma Abdurajik, 67, worked overseas for a few years before coming home to the Philippines. Her savings from all those years of hard work went into building their own home, where she raised her children. Because of the conflict, they had to abandon their family home with nothing else but the clothes on their back. Now they are living in a Resettlement Area in Zamboanga. Through WFP’s Food-for-Work, Norma is taking care of a vegetable garden with the help of her son, Norman, in exchange for rice. The produce from said garden can also be sold or cooked, providing additional income as well as another food source.
Mudaser Saimudin (left), 33, has a family to feed. But because of the recent conflict, he lost all his sources of income. They have been staying at the resettlement area at the Grand Stand of Zamboanga City. To help provide for his family, he signed up for WFP’s Food-for-Work, and has since risen to be one of the zone leaders in charge of organizing their group.
Alexandra and Nortricia are both four years old. Their families’ designated places in the evacuation area are beside each other, and they discovered friendship amidst their current situation. They are also both enrolled at WFP’s Supplementary Feeding Programme, and are provided with Plumpy ‘Sup to aid with their nutrition.
Maribel Barbara, 36, and Alexander Luciano, 50, helped organized 6,000 families. Through WFP’s Food-for-Work, these 6,000 families managed to plant 5 million mangroves under WFP’s Food-for-Work. What used to be lands damaged by the conflict are now nursing propagules and soon-to-be fish sanctuaries.
Months after the conflict, school was already in full swing. To assist the children in getting the right nutrition whilst encouraging them to go to school, the mothers of students in Rio Hondo Elementary School volunteered to cook the meals under WFP’s School Feeding Programme. In this way, not only are the children provided with hot school meals, but they were also prepared with love by their own mothers.
Residents evacuated, as a community, from Brgy. Catalina in Zamboanga City because of the conflict. It was slso as a community that they went to resettle at the government’s Transitory Sites at Brgy. Taluksangay. The people of Catalina are originally fisher folks but, with all their equipment left behind, they had to rely on alternative sources of livelihood. The Office of City Agriculturist of Zamboanga, through the World Food Programme’s Food-for-Work, conducted trainings on farming and other technologies to equip the community as they adjust from fishing to farming.
23 June 2014 Philippines: The Faces of Zamboanga