Bag of Rice Project #229 -A visit to the Akpan 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 Akpan family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Shannon Nielsen this is the 229th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met this next family in a village outside of Uyo, Nigeria. They were recommended to us by their village head. I think this family live the farthest of any family we have ever visited. After the initial 3 hour drive to reach this village, we still had to drive another 1 hour to meet this specific family. The 4 hour trip was hard but needed as we knew this family is really struggling. We met Mrs Akpan and her sister at home but unfortunately could not meet any other family member because they had no idea that we were coming. The Akpans have 6 kids and live in a 2 bedroom mudhouse that they built themselves to save costs. This house has no electricity or plumbing and for water they have to walk a long distance to the nearest stream.

The Akpans cook in a semi open kitchen that also serves as their Goat pen, They use firewood to cook as it is the cheapest fuel they can afford. Another reason we did not meet the rest of the family at home was because they had gone to the farm. All members of the Akpan family has to in some way help with farming to ensure their survival they must all work . This the main source of income for the family as they eat what they harvest and sell the surplus.

It was a pleasure meeting this family and the smiles on their faces was worth the journey. Despite their somber look in the photo, they were joyful about their gift. Mrs Akpan was delighted with her bag of Rice and expressed her family’s appreciation for the gift, and prayed for those who donated to them. On the journey back, it felt good knowing that we left them in a better condition than we met them.

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.