Philippines: A Day In The Life Of Lolita Hernando

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!

Lolita Hernando walking along a wooden structure
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!

Lolita Hernando smiling with a potted plant
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. 

Lolita Hernando scooping herself a bowl of rice 
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. 

Lolita Hernando handing school children bowls of rice 
No kid should go to school hungry. I’m glad they get a hot nutritious meal every day!

Lolita Hernando putting her arm around a young girl as she eats a bowl of rice
Helping out during lunch allows me to visit my children. I like hearing about their day in school.

Lolita Hernando and three other women weaving seaweed traps
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. 

Lolita Hernando hanging seaweed to dry
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.

Lolita Hernando standing next to a chicken in her home
Back home after a long day of work!