Bag of Rice project #66 -A visit to the Itoro 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 Itoro family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Cat Neiheisel – In honor of all our employees at Neiheisel Steel Corporation. This is the 66th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We were on our way to visit another family when we saw this family. And I felt a nudge to knock on their door and speak to them. On speaking to them I found out that a widow and her daughter stayed in the house. Their house was made of zinc and was built like a one room apartment. They had another structure for their bathroom outside the house and they cook in the open.

Front view of their zinc house

On speaking to them I found out that Mrs Itoro is a widow and she lives in the house with her daughter Patience. Mrs Itoro is a trader and she sells Tomatoes at the market, her daughter also helps her out with the trading. Even though this visit was not planned, speaking to this family made us feel that they needed the bag of Rice so it can help them out in feeding. When i came to visit them, they were already planning on eating soup so I met the soup cooking on the firewood they were using.

This serves as their kitchen

When we spoke to them and gave them the Rice we brought for them, they were very happy. Africans feel awkward expressing feelings in public but Mrs Itoro hugged me and told me that they really appreciated the help and have not had someone they did not know show them kindness like this. She expressed her thanks for those who donated the bag of Rice to them and prayed that they will be blessed for their role in blessing them. Even though we did not know who this family were before we met them, I felt happy knowing that we had helped put a smile on their face and made them happy by lifting a burden off their shoulders.

The Itoros

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.