about the author
Communications Officer, WFP Philippines
Previously the Carlo Schmid Fellow in the Communications and Partnerships Unit for WFP in the Philippines.
Lolita Hernando is one of the women in Lanao del Norte, one of the conflict-affected provinces in Mindanao. Her family has benefited from WFP assistance through a School Feeding Programme in partnership with the Department of Education and a livelihood project in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. She is 44 years old and has 7 children. She was displaced in 2008 during an upsurge in conflict, but has returned to her original home. We followed her for a day to see what has been keeping her busy lately!
When we returned home after being displaced in 2008, we had nothing to live on. But a lot has changed since then! Off to work. So much to do today!
We started planting mangrove seedlings in 2011. We have been able to sustain it, and we plan to continue growing them! With the income I gain from selling the mangrove seedlings I can help support our children and their education.
Speaking of education, I have to run off to my kids’ school! Together with several other mothers, I am helping to cook lunch for the children.
No kid should go to school hungry. I’m glad they get a hot nutritious meal every day!
Helping out during lunch allows me to visit my children. I like hearing about their day in school.
After lunch, I join the other women in our new enterprise. The income we earn from our mangrove project has allowed us to expand our activities. Here, we’re weaving seaweed traps.
We dry the seaweed so that it can be sold at the market. For the drying we also use a solar dryer we received from WFP.
Back home after a long day of work!