Bag of Rice Project #195 -A visit to the Ibekwe 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 Ibekwe family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Liezl Kapastin and Nan Schmitz this is the 195th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met this wonderful family in a village in the southern part of Nigeria. They were introduced to us by their village chief whom we had to meet before we entered the village. He recommended the Ibekwe family to us and they were very interesting to meet. The Ibekwes have 6 kids and they live in a one bedroom mudhouse that has no electricity or plumbing. This village also has a problem with water and to get water they have to fetch from their local stream or collect rain water.

The Ibekwes cook with firewood in a dark and unlit room. They use firewood because it is the cheapest that they can afford. Mr Ibekwe is sick and can no longer go to farm. His daughter who is unmarried but stays with him. She takes care of him and she is a trader. Her business has not been in the best shape because of the lockdown and she has been managing since the lockdown started.

The Ibekwes were very grateful for the bag of Rice given to them. They were not expecting it and seeing their condition was very heartbreaking. They expressed their thanks to those who donated to them. Food prices has sky rocketed in Nigeria and this deliveries has been helpful to each of the families we have visited. It has been life saving as the people we have visited have lost jobs or lost a family member or had a bad crop year. I still get calls months after we have visited these families and I’ll love to personally convey my thanks to every single person that has donated for this cause. Y’all are super heroes to me.

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.