Bag of Rice Project #246 -A visit to the Oko 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 Oko family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Tiffany Jones this is the 246th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

Running through the not so smooth road of Ibii, a very remote village in Afikpo North, Ebonyi State, Nigeria, barely 25 minutes from the main town was the Oko family. This village is full of struggling families. They live in a rented 2 bedroom house with no windows or water and electricity. We did not meet any village leader when we visited this village and we picked this family because theirs were the first house we saw when we entered this village.

Mr Oko was not at home when we arrived as he rides a bike for commercial purposes in the nearby city and only comes back home late at night. Mrs Oko manages the little gains her husband returns with. They also have a small mill for processing cassava and people pay them to use it. On top of their limited income, Mrs Oko has to take care of her bedridden mother who stays with them. She cooks for the family with firewood, this is easier for the family because she goes to the bush with some of her children to fetch firewood from an inherited farmland.

We usually visit this villages with a guide but since this was the first family we visited, we had to convince Mrs Oko that we actually wanted to give her family a bag of Rice. And until we left them, I don’t think she believed us. She also could not speak English so her daughter had to translate for us and she expressed their happiness for the gift on behalf of their family. Mrs Oko was happily waving at us as we passed their house on our way back so I guess she finally believed us.

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.