As beautiful as Mindanao is, there are real challenges for many who live there. According to this article from USAid updated in January 2022, “in spite of its significant potential for economic growth, conflict and instability discourages investment, drains government resources, and impedes development.” Thus, “Mindanao has the highest levels of poverty in the Philippines''.
This summer, Rooted is so blessed to be able to support a special family who calls this island home. Nening is a single mother navigating life and motherhood on Mindanao under these difficult circumstances. Though many mothers in situations like hers struggle to find work, Nening has had steady employment as a caretaker for an elderly couple for the past eight years. The wife passed away in 2019 at age 90, and Nening still cooks, cleans, and looks after the needs of Taty Lope, the widower husband, who will be 92 in December. Nening’s peaceful, reliable, and compassionate demeanor have made her a beloved part of their family over the years, and she enjoys and excels in her work. Modest income from this job has allowed her to support her two children, including one who has special needs.