Bag of Rice Project #93 -A visit Okon 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 Okon family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Christine Abbott this is the 93rd bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We spotted this family as we were driving and felt the urge to go check them out. We met the wonderful Okon family in Uyo, Nigeria. They live in a largely uncompleted building and they rented a room in it. Mrs Okon is a widow and just last year she had a partial stroke and that has kept her in the house. She lives with two of her grandchildren who help her with things around the house. We spoke with her for a while and she has been struggling for a while with little or no help from people.

We took separate pictures of their kitchen which was in of uncompleted but roofed part of their home. It doesn’t even have a door and they us a small gas cylinder to cook. Mrs Okon was a teacher and was forced to retire because of her stroke and she has no source of livelihood and since she can not move around she has to rely on her family to help her move around.

We have driven past this house a few times and I’ve always wanted to go in the compound and see who lives there and this time we went in to check the family. I felt like we were needed at that time in the family. When we spoke with Mrs Okon and told her what we brought for her, she was so happy and surprised that we came to her. This family will benefit a lot from this bag of Rice and I’m happy we made the decision to visit them.

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.