Bag of Rice Project #249 -A visit to the Nkama 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 Nkama family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Andrea Andrews, Mcknight family in memory of our sweet angel Trinity Mcknight and Michele Olon this is the 249th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met the Nkamas in Ibii, a village located just outside Afikpo in easter Nigeria. Mrs. Nkama Blessing is a full-time house wife whose husband was a commercial motorcyclist. Both of them find life difficult since this pandemic started. She is very young and has 3 kids but the last kid becaome very sick, the cost made her husband to sell his bike in order to settle hospital bills as a result of sickness. This has left them with no way to provide. Ever since then, they have taken to full time farming, this is more a means to prevent them from starving, with little profit. They live in a one bedroom mud house with a zinc roof.

She was barely 21 when she became pregnant, because of that, her family insisted she must get married, this was how she was thrown into an early marriage. Her kitchen is made up of three stones where their daily meals are prepared. She said she knows how to also use a gas cylinder but they cannot afford one. So she fetches firewood around the bush and use them for cooking.

When she met us, she thought we were sent by the government to share Covid-19 palliatives, on explaining to her, she was amazed that strangers can give her a full bag of rice with no strings attached. Her husband was not at home when we came. But she was very happy that truly their sufferings have been greatly reduced. She prayed for the donors, asking God to bless them immensely for their kindness and gift they were willing to give to a stranger.

You might notice in the photos the bag says flour. This village was far away from where we normally purchase the rice, We found a rice mill closer to their village that would sell us the rice in bulk. However we had to bring our own bags to fill. The bags we found were not rice bags they were flour sacks, but they fulfilled the purpose we needed. We were grateful to be able get this rice to this remote village, it was a difficult task and took some resourceful thinking to make it happen.

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.