Bag of Rice project #94 -A visit to the 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 Nicole Fontenot, Heather Hinckley, Amanda Rondorf and Theresa Kuntze this is the 94th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met this wonderful family in Uyo, Nigeria, We were driving by and saw this old woman selling in an almost empty shop and felt the need to go and talk to her. We found that her name is Mrs Janet Okon, she is a widow and stays with her 2 kids in a rented one bedroom and she sells out of one of the rooms. Her kids were not home when I came and she said they do not have jobs but they had gone out to find something they can do. I was wondering how she could be this aged and have children who are not married yet and stay with there mom.

Front view of the house

Mrs Okon is a strong woman and sells out of the front of her house just to make ends meet. She told us that she has been selling here for a long time and people in the neighborhood just buy from her when they need something small. She lives in the same area and cooks at the back of her house with firewood as its the cheapest mode of cooking one can find in Nigeria. She could not understand English and we had to speak to her with an interpreter.

Her kitchen

We were so glad we went to speak to Mrs Okon, she was in need of our assistance and we came at the right time to see her. She was very happy with our gift and felt special that we came to see her. I know that we would not have had any opportunity to visit her if we had waited for recommendations from people. I’m glad we headed our prompting and stopped to see her and talk to her. We left her smiling and feeling better than we met her.

Mrs Okon

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.