Bag of Rice Project #224 -A visit to the Udo 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 Udo family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Monica Knight with Knight Real Estate this is the 224th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We visited this next family in a village outside of Uyo, Nigeria. They were introduced to us by their village chief. The Udos have 9 kids. They live in a two bedroom mud house. This house does not have plumbing or electricity. There is no borehole in this village so people fetch water from streams or collect rain water. Although the village stream is close to their house. We really enjoyed our visit to this family.

The Udos cook in a semi open kitchen and they use firewood because it is the cheapest one they can afford. The Udos have the largest family we have been to so far and it was pleasant talking to everyone and getting their names or just joking with them. Mr Udo dredges sand by hand at the village stream and he keeps working until he can get enough quantity to sell. This is not easy work and very dangerous for very little profit. Mrs Udo is a trader and she sells palm oil at the local market. It is hard for this family to make a living enough to care for the whole family so, they sent some of their kids away to uncles in the city because they can no longer afford to feed them.

This is a families last resort, but with the current economics situation in Nigeria many families are struggling. At least they were able to go stay with family, instead of becoming indentured servants.

We had a very nice time with this family and they took us to see the village stream that this whole village uses for all their water needs. It was pretty sad seeing that. Otherwise the experience was great, The Udo family were lovely and appreciated their bag of Rice. They were so thankful to those who donated to their family and wished God’s blessings on them, praying for them over and over. I was glad that we left them in a happier state than we met them in. They can not afford rice even in small quantities, this bag will bless them for a long time.

Washing their clothes

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.