Bag of Rice Project #258 -A visit to the Richard 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 Richard family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Elizabeth Mayberry this is the 258th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met the Richard family in a rural village called Ozizza, Ebonyi State Nigeria. Mrs Richard is a widow and she has 3 children. They live in a rented one bedroom house in what looks like an uncompleted house that has no plumbing or electricity.

Mrs Joy has no skills, she depends on menial jobs for survival. She covers so many kilometers just to fetch water for rich families which she must do before fetching firewood in a thick and desolate forest for commercial purposes. Sometimes, when there are no offers, her family would go hungry for the rest of the day. She has little to cook and uses firewood to make her meals.

Mrs Joy waved at us as we were passing and we decided to follow our instincts and visit them. She was just about to leave her house to go find any available work and to her greatest surprise, strangers came and gave her a bag of Rice. This bag is worth more than she would likely make in 3-6 months time. Her heart melted and she was speechless for a second but eventually regained her speech and praised the name of the Lord, and thanking everyone behind this great support.

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.