Bag of Rice Project #327 -A visit to the Okokon 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 Okokon family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Emily Long this is the 327th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met the Okokon family in Oruk Anam, a village located in the outskirts of Uyo, Nigeria. They were referred to us by their village chief. Mrs Okokon lost her husband to a motor accident early this year and has been struggling to take care of her two kids. They live in a small mud hut which has no electricity or plumbing. To get water they have to trek for 45 mins to access the village stream.

Front view of their home
Side view

We met them while they were preparing Garri, a local food that is gotten from processing and frying cassava. They were in the frying stage when we met them. The Okokons do not have money to build a better kitchen so they use the front of their house as a kitchen and the easily accessible firewood as fuel to cook. Mrs. Okokon is a trader and sells fruits and vegetables at a local market. This barely provides enough for her family so she also extends her services as a farm hand to people who need help and she gets paid daily. I asked her how much she earns from that and its the equivalent of 2-3 dollars for a full day of hard labor.

The village chief did tell me about this family and said Mrs. Okokon is the most hardworking woman he knew and even though we visited them on a Sunday afternoon she was still working. She was very happy to meet us and a mixture of shocked and excited that we brought a bag of Rice for them. She thanked us profusely and prayed that God will bless those who donated to their family. I was happy that we could help out this tough family in this tougher times and I pray God keeps blessing them in any way He can.

The Okokons

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.