Bag of Rice Project #211 -A visit to the Utom 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 Utom family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Christina Washkowiak this is the 211th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met this wonderful family in a village outside Uyo, Nigeria. They were introduced to us by their village chief and he also gave us someone to guide us to locate the family. The Utoms live in a one room mud house with their two kids. The house does not have plumbing or electricity and when they need water they either collect rain water or go to a local stream.

The Utoms cook in a neighbors kitchen as they do not have a kitchen of their own. Both neighbors share the kitchen and they use firewood to cook. Mr Utom rides a motorbike and uses it to convey people from place to place. This work does not pay very well but that is all he has. He does not own the motorbike and entered a kind of deal where he remits an agreed upon money everyday and gets to keep whatever extra money he made that day. Which means some days he works all day and losses money. His wife was not at home when we visited. We learned that she went to the market and that she is currently unemployed. This family inspite of their challenges were a happy family to meet with.

We were happy to meet the Utom family. Mr Utom was very happy with his bag of Rice and extended his thanks to those who donated it to their family. This family does not have much and appreciates this bag of Rice so much and it will feed them all throughout the Christmas and New year and give them one less problem to worry about. The genuine smile of joy is wonderful to see on his face.

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.