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Learn how you can be apart of helping people who are in need with our A Thrifty Mom Bag of Rice Campaign. In 2016 we started helping a young man named Ikechukwu from Nigeria. Summer of 2019 we were able to visit his family in Aba, Nigeria. While there we saw widespread poverty and lack of basic needs. We would like to invite you to help meet one of those basic needs, by providing Nigerian families with rice. This gift will feed a large family for a few months, or a single person a year. It also reminds them they are loved, and brings most of them to tears… as a full bag of rice is one of the most generous gifts they will ever receive.

The Following story is about the Ogwuche family, their bag of rice was donated as a gift in honor of Leslie Babbels Birthday.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, we headed over to the Ogwuche’s to visit with their family. The house they lived had no address, they lived at the outskirts of the city and we only had a landmark to guide us. At certain moments, I felt we were getting lost. We were told to look out for a water pump but when we got to the place we were directed to, we found two. I glanced around briefly, scanning the houses I could see. A house caught my eyes. It stood out because of the endless rows of white shirts hanging on the clothesline. I instinctively knew it was the house.

The house had parts that were incomplete, but they had so much love to fill it up. We met the family and got introduced to each of them. The Ogwuches have 5 children; the youngest being 6 and the oldest, 24. Ene is the youngest. Her name translates to Gift. She gave us the warmest smile. Mr Sunday Ogwuche is a great father and works as a building contractor. He is greatly assisted by his wife in caring for the family. Because work is now hard to come by, she also helps out by selling Okpa, a local delicacy. She wakes up at 4am every morning to make Okpa and then walks around the vicinity for an hour or two to sell it. Isaac, the first born, helps his father during constructions. He also freelances wherever there might be building jobs. His brothers are also learning skills to also help out the family.

The Ogwuches
Mrs Ogwuche preparing the Okpa
Final preparations

Our visit was to bring them hope, even in the shape of a bag of rice, which is a favorite food among Nigerians especially on festive seasons. A Christmas is never complete without a rice meal on the Christmas day. The bag of rice was received with happiness. This gift will not solve all of the Ogwuches problems but the relief from not worrying about food for the Christmas period was shown on their faces and warmed our hearts as we bid them goodbye. My heart was at peace as we headed home.

Learn how you can be apart of helping people who are in need with our A Thrifty Mom Bag of Rice Campaign

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