Bag of Rice Project #35 -A visit to the Eme 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 Eme family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Roberta Aulestia this is the 35th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

This family might be the poorest family we have ever visited. A family of 3 due to the hardship in the family had sent out two of their kids to live with other people. We did not meet the father Mr Eme because he went to his work as a security man to a local school. But we met the wife and she complained to us of her severe sick state. Her house a sore sight to see and we have told her local church leaders to try and help her and they have promised to do something about it.

The inside of their house
Where they cook

These pictures above were taken inside of their house and it was completely dark. It is a one room apartment in a bungalow house shared by 8 other families who live in 8 other one room apartments. Mrs Eme just came back from seeing a pharmacist, which is what low income Nigerians do when they are sick. They go to the pharmacy and the person who owns it directly prescribes drugs for them.

When we visited them, we were too distraught to even talk about the Rice but we first asked how they were doing and then how we could help. My brother and the church leader who came with us will go back to make sure that she gets proper treatment and her housing situation is looked after. When we told her of the purpose of our visit and the food we brought, she was beyond happy and told us that they did not have food to eat that evening and that our visit was a miracle. I believe families such as this are in need of a miracle even one such as the food we bring and I’m happy that we were inspired enough to find and visit this family.

Mrs Eme and her Son

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.