Bag of Rice Project #167 -A visit to the Monday 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 Monday family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Jennifer Macdonald, Britani Shea and Jennifer Scott    this is the 167th 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. They were introduced to us by their village chief. We met this family as they were peeling cassava tubers which they will then turn to a local food called Garri. The Mondays live in a one bedroom hut with no plumbing or electricity. Mrs Monday is a widow and her husband died last year leaving her with four kids.

The Mondays cook with wood in a room that has been blackened with soot. Firewood is the cheapest option they can find as they can get the wood from bushes around. This family has really fallen into hard times as their father and breadwinner died last year. Mrs Monday and her grown up children have had to find menial jobs to do so they can earn money and buy food to eat.

It was a delight meeting this family. Especially Kenneth the cute kid in the first picture. He was okay with us talking to him when we arrived but it turned out that he was camera shy. This family has gone through a lot to try and make ends meet and this bag of Rice will feed them for a long time. Rice is a cherished and simple food around here and these families we meet appreciate it way more than I can ever put in words. They were grateful for the bag of Rice and to those who donated it and even Kenneth waved us a tearful goodbye when we left.

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.