Helping widows support children’s education


For a widow like Normila M. Mapandi, a M’ranao of Colambugan, Lanao del Norte, sustaining the needs of her children is very difficult. She has no permanent job for living and only sells assorted local foods in their community to provide the basic needs of her kids, in this case, at least food to eat every day.

Her husband died of kidney failure and left to her the responsibility over their two daughters.

“I am doing some little businesses for our daily expenditures. And the earnings I get is only good for our daily needs”, Normila shared.

It was in 2014 that the Orphanage Care was started by BDA through the support of Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), a humanitarian foundation based in Turkey.

Normila recently received monetary assistance for her daughters from the program on October 27, 2016 at the agency’s Regional Management Office (RMO) in Ranaw located at Marawi City.


“That is why I am very thankful for this program because I do not have to worry about the educational expenses of my children”, she added.

Normila dreamed of her daughters to finish their studies because she does not want them to grow without knowledge like so many other children in our place due to poverty.

“What is important now is that, their education is assured as long as this program remains In Sha Allah”, she expressed.

“This is the third time my daughters received an allowance from BDA. No words can express how much I would like to thank BDA and IHH for this very good program”, she ended.

Normila’s daughters are among of the 89 orphans in Ranaw Region supported by the program. She is one of the Moro widows who find assurance of their children’s education through the assistance extended to them.

Provision of monthly allowance to Moro orphans is part of the Orphanage Care Program of BDA supported by the IHH.

There are 393 total numbers of children across the BDAs six regional offices being supported by the program under its “distant orphans” services.

(BDA Communication Group-Ranaw Region)


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