Bag of Rice Project #185 -A visit to the Branson 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 Branson family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to an anonymous donor this is the 185th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met our next family in a village outside of Uyo, Nigeria. They were introduced to us by their village chief. Mrs Branson is a widow and has 3 kids. They live in a mud house with no electricity or plumbing and for water they fetch from a local stream or collect rain water.

The Branson family cook in a semi open kitchen and they use the cheapest medium they can find which is firewood. The side effect being that it darkens the pot with soot but they don’t seem to mind. Mrs Branson is a farmer and relys on selling her crops in order to take care of her family. This has proven hard in the face of poor harvest and the recent economic downturn due to the Corona virus.

We were very happy to meet this family and they were equally happy to see us. They were grateful for the gift of the bag of Rice and thanked those who donated for them to receive it. Because of the poor harvest and the lockdown, this family has really needed help and were very happy that they got a bag of Rice. Rice is one of the things that were banned from being imported into the country early this year and this has made the market prices to soar. For something that is a basic amenity, it’s high price has scared families away from buying it. But since it is one of Nigeria’s major meals it has always been well received in every family we have visited so far. I want to extend my thanks to those who continue to donate to make sure that this families have this bag of Rice to eat during this hard times and that this families thoroughly appreciate it in ways that I can not convey. Thank you very much.

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.