Bag of Rice Project #287 -A visit to the Monday 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 Monday family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Kerr Kanine Ranch this is the 287h bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met Mrs. Grace Monday, a native of Oruk Anam in Akwaibom State. Mrs Grace Monday became a widow when she lost her husband to the cold hands of death several years back. She is a farmer and a Banga seller who strives to feed her 8 kids as her source of livelihood depends on farming and selling of Banga. Banga soup is made from extracts from Palm nuts, which undergoes several degrees of processing before the final stage. Hard work and very little pay, and sometimes it means her own family go without a meal so she has resources to make more soup to sell. Mrs Monday Grace and family lives in a two mud rooms, one serving as parlor and the other as private room. Her 8 kids sleep on the mat while she sleeps on old spring bed covered with planks and old mat.

The family cooks their food opposite the mud room house that serves as private room. A mud constructed tripod stand that will help carry the pots and kettles is being used for cooking while Saturdays are used to gather firewood to help cook the little food they could provide for themselves. A daily meal is not guaranteed, hunger is a real struggle in this village.

Mrs Grace Monday welcomed us with water and seats to make us comfortable, as welcoming visitors with open arms was one of the trademarks of the Oruks. On presenting the bag of rice to Mrs Grace Monday and her family, tears of joy could not cease dropping off from her eyes. Pure joy as she knows this rice ensures her children will receive a daily meal for months to come. She thanked the sponsors and our team for remembering her family in this difficult time of the year. The Saturday family were very happy to see us and they made our stay in their village very fun.

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.