Bag of Rice Project #13 -A visit to Mr Kalu Kalu Abba

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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 Mr Kalu, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Laura Paylor, Ronda Francis, Sheri Blaisdell this is the 13th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

If I had to pick one person that I’m so glad we met during this visits it will be Mr John. We heard about him and insisted someone takes us to his house even though it was getting late in the day. He lives in a leaky zinc construct on the bank of a river. I’ve never see this many mosquitoes in one place before. He is at least 68 years old (he cant remember when he was born) and lives all alone. He says he does not have any living relatives.

Don’t mind the goat. That’s his house

There have been interventions to move him out of his house to a better place, but he insists that if he moves that he won’t find people who will help him to cook or do other things like go to the market. He is a laundry man and washes peoples clothes by hand with water from the river and uses a charcoal iron to iron the clothes straight. His plight brought tears to my eyes, as I saw his living conditions and wondered how he survives. He does service to his church by washing the church baptismal clothes for free every week.

This iron is powered by coal and heats when the coal burns.

He told us that our visit is as a result of answers to his prayers by God. And he was very optimistic of future blessings. He says a does not get sick a lot and that he was strong to still continue his laundry business. We were astounded by his condition and even more by his faith in his adversity and challenges. We decided to come back a different time with church members to help him overhaul his house and introduce him to some members who did not know he lives there who can help him in other ways. This visits has taught me a lot about faith and perseverance and even though I might think I’m poor, there are lot who are poorer and more stronger than they need to be and this is a life lesson I need to end my year with.

All smiles

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.