Bag of Rice Project #257 -A visit to the Ekuma 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 Ekuma family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Mark Bunn this is the 257th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met Mrs Ugo Ekuma, a native of Amangwu-Amangbala in Ebonyi state, Nigeria. She had been a trader for several years but has been battling with a lot of illnesses, only had to be helped by her daughter in-law, who took up the role of a care giver. She had four deceased children who died at different stages of their lives. Mrs Ugo Ekuma is aged 96 with each day worsening an age-long arthritis, fate had a part to play in meeting her at this point in time.

While walking around her home, we came across her bed in which she lay in and it was filled with bed bugs and other sorts of insects, it is hard to see someone have to rest in that condition. Her daughter in-law who has since been taking care of her has no job at the moment. She helps her cook with firewood which is the only means available and affordable to her. Their kitchen is an open space where anyone can walk in and cook.

After giving them the bag of rice, they were filled with joy and sang to the glory of God, thanking whosoever is behind these great works, and rendering numerous praises unto God for helping them in a difficult time like this. It was nice to see a smile come across their face, knowing the trials they are both enduring.

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.