Bag of Rice Project #17 -A Visit to Ogeri Oyeh

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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 Ogeri family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Elizabeth Casavant, Betty Pearson, Patricia Reo, Amanda Henderson this is the 17th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met the family of Ogeri Oyeh in Afikpo in Ebonyi state, 3 hrs away from where we live. The place is known for having many people who live in abject conditions where they struggle to eat in a day. This family live in a house they built back when they had a little money but have since been unable to survive. They were unable to paint the house and left it uncompleted so they could have a place to stay.

The Ogeri Oyeh house

On speaking with this family to find out how many they were, we discovered that Mrs Ogeri is a widow and she has two daughters Orieoma and Chibisi. Orieoma was married but the she is also a widow and she has 4 kids while Chibisi is unmarried. Orieoma has a mill where she grinds maize and pepper for people and that is the sole occupation the family benefits from. Her work is not enough to support the 7 people in the house and that was were we stepped in.

The Mill

When we gave this family the bag of rice they were overjoyed and thanked us profusely. We felt for this family of strong women and were happy to see the immediate impact of the rice as they had not eaten before we came and they took some of the rice we brought to make breakfast. We left with feelings of making a difference and we left happy.

The Ogeri Oyeh 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.