Bag of Rice Project #96 -A visit to the Eyo 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 Eyo family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Lisa Anderson this is the 96th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

This family was recommended to us by a friend who heard about what we do and made a case for this family. We went to visit this family in Uyo, Nigeria. We met the special Eyo family and fell in love with this family. They live in a one room apartment in a compound filled with other tenants and they all share the same utilities. The Eyos have 7 kids and the friend who recommended them to us told us that they are looking into family planning as they can not take care of all their kids. Two of their kids are serving as maids to families and another one, as a sales girl for someone. We unfortunately did not meet Mr Eyo at home as he has gone to work.

Front view of their house

The Eyo family cooks in a room that is outside their house, and looks like it has caught on fire before. Due to their lack of funds they cook with wood and do not have options for another way of cooking. Mr Eyo has a little kiosk near the local market and helps people fix leaks in their pots and pans. Mrs Eyo stays at the house mainly to take care of the kids. They cannot afford to feed their children all the time and as at the time we came to visit them the children had not had breakfast and Mrs Eyo had stepped out to see if she could buy something for them to eat. We sent somone to call her back so we can talk to her on behalf of their family.

We had to wait a while before Mrs Eyo could be found and called back to the house. We could not afford to leave or skip this family as I have already seen the kids and the conditions they stay in. Eventually Mrs Eyo arrived and was surprised to meet us and even more shocked at what we brought for her. She had not expected this gift and was very moved by it and was grateful for those who donated for her family. She asked for my permission to start cooking from the bag of Rice we brought them, I told her that it’s hers and she can do anything she wants with it. We are very grateful the donors of this bags of Rice and the astounding difference they make in peoples lives, we get to experience them first hand and to see how very important it will be in their lives. And in the case of this family, it was important to them immediately and for the foreseeable future. We left this family very happy knowing that they were better of than we met 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.