Bag of Rice Project #288 -A visit to the Etim 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 Lisa Marlow this is the 288th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met the family of Mr and Mrs Anietie Etim John, their union is blessed with 6 children. Their means of livelihood is solely dependent on cooking of Banga for people at the Oil mill local processing market which is a seasonal business that doesn’t pay much. Banga soup is made from extracts from Palm nuts, which undergoes several degrees of processing before the final stage. The entire village do not enjoy the social amenities the metropolis enjoy despite being known for over 40% percent of most agricultural produce in the state. The Anietie family and the entire village still hope to see development in their village as the villagers still contribute to solve some of their immediate needs such as the lack of water and electricity.

Front view of their home

They cook inside a bamboo made kitchen with the aid of firewood which the fetch from nearby bushes. During raining seasons, they are forced to cook inside one of their rooms in order to avoid the rains. The Etims were not home when we visited as Mr Etim is a farmer and Mrs Etim sells fruits at the local market. They were both far away at work with no means of communicating with them. We instead met their lovely kids at home.

Their kitchen

When we visited, Mr Etim had gone to the farm and there was no way to contact him but we still decided to give this family a bag of Rice and have the kids represent the family. They were polite and even though they could not speak English I could understand without translation how grateful they were. Families like this renew my desire to continue in this work because of the looks on the faces on the families we visit.

The Etims

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.