Bag of Rice Project #248 -A visit to the Ewa 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 Ewa family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Kathryn Gillis this is the 248th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met Mrs Egwu in Ibii, a village in the eastern part of Nigeria. Mrs. Catherine Egwu is about 62 years of age, according to her traditional age grade. In my village they make people of certain age groupings band together into an age grade. It can be between 5 to 10 years and the higher you go the more prestige you get in the community. Each age grade has a name. The most powerful group is the Onikara. They’re the 80 to 90 group. They make most of the decisions in the village and are treated with great respect. Females have names for their age group as well but I can’t recall what their group name is.

She is a widow and she has 4 kids and none of them stays with her. She lives in this open space without doors and windows. She uses woods to block entrance but sleeps inside the uncompleted open building.

Her only means of survival is braiding business. She learnt braiding as a teenager from her late Mother. Her intention was to survive through braiding but life has not been so rosy as she thought. She cannot afford some of the basic necessities of life because she spends a lot of time braiding and gets a little in return. She was braiding a customers hair when we visited her and she was so dedicated to her sewing that she never stopped braiding even when we gave her the bag of Rice.

She was very happy when we presented a bag of rice to her family, this to her is the biggest gift she has ever received from people she has never met. She was full of gratitude and rained prayers on the donors. She came to meet us after she has finished the braids to thank us again, I think it took a while to hit her that the bag of Rice was all hers. This gift means way more to people here than I can express. Don’t let that stern look in the photo fool you, In Nigeria we are taught to not show emotion, but she was so grateful and emotional about her gift.

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.