Bag of Rice Project #101 -A visit to the Eyo Edet family

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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. You can also read about other families we have been able to bless here.

The Following story is about the Edet family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Jacqueline Moore this is the 101st bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

The Edet family has been recommended to us by several people and we never went because of the area where they lived. I wish we took pictures of it. They live at the bottom of the ravine and to get to their house one needed to climb down and walk for 15 minutes before you get to where they lived. We finally decided to make that journey to see them, while carrying a 110 pound bag of Rice. It was just me and my brother so it was impossible to document this part of the journey. At the bottom ravine we met the Edet family. They live in a rented one bedroom apartment. Mr Edet is sick and could barely walk to see us when we came to see him.

Front view of their house

It was wonderful to finally meet this family. They are aware of the challenges surrounding where they live and always appreciate visitors who take out the time to visit them. Mr Edet has been down for some years with a partial stroke and his wife Elizabeth has been very supportive and helps in taking care of him. Their two children have skills and they bring in the money to take care of the whole family but the family still face financial challenges due to Mr Edet’s sickness. I spoke to him for a while and he told me a lot of stories of his life as a soldier during the Nigerian civil war and I still smile at how easy both of us became friends. The Edets have their own kitchen and cook with a little gas cylinder in a small room attached to the house.

Their kitchen

Me and Mr Edet spoke for a long while about why we came and who we were and then the he started telling me stories about his life and I’m sure he was happy to someone new who hadn’t heard them before. This family were accommodating to us and when they saw the gift we brought for them they were very happy and grateful. As it turns out that Mr Edets medicines were expensive and have costs this family a lot, they were happy to receive a gift of this magnitude and thanked those who donated for their concern and love. Even though the journey to the Edets was physically stressful, we felt very light and happy climbing back up to leave this wonderful family.

The Edet family

Learn how you can be apart of helping people who are in need with our A Thrifty Mom Bag of Rice Campaign. You can also read about other families we have been able to bless here.