Bag of Rice Project #108 -A visit to the Stephen family #bagofriceproject

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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 Stephen family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Amanda Bartelt is the 108th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met this wonderful family in a village outside of Uyo, Nigeria. The Stephen family were recommended to us by their village head who took us around and acted as our translator. The Stephens live in an uncompleted house with their other extended family. We were only able to meet Mr Stephen, his son and his younger brother and his wife. They are majorly farmers and the rest of his family has gone to farm by the time we came to the house. Mr Stephen has 7 kids and with his wife and his extended family, they run a Palm oil business.

Main view of their house
Close up view of their house

The Stephens manages the village palm oil mill and in this village it is rotated from family to family and it is their families turn. The picture below is how the Palm oil mill works. The number one is the already harvested palm oil bunches cut from the Palm oil tree and then get dehusked in the number two spot, in the number three spot the already dehusked palm seeds are they gathered then thrown into that huge pot and boiled until they are soft then pounded by another machine so that the juice which is the oil comes out and then its bottled and sold at the local market, the end product looks like the nuts the number four spot. So Mr Stephen and his family were at the second stage of this work when we came to visit.

forgive my attempt at explaining Palm oil mill process
Their kitchen

The Stephen family were happy to see and receive us and they gladly answered all my questions about the Palm oil mill. When they heard why we visited them and what we brought for them they were even more happy. This family is hard working and needed something that could make them smile. They were grateful for the gift and prayed for those who donated and provided it for them. We had a nice time visiting this family and could have spent longer with them so I could see how the oil will come out. I was happy that we have put a smile on thus special family and that they are better off than when we met them.

The Stephen 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.