About us

    EmmaCare Foundation Inc. is a Connecticut based public charity that is focused on fighting poverty and improving the lives of those in need in the community of Awka, a developing city in South Eastern Nigeria. Specifically, EmmaCare Foundation’s efforts are focused on promoting the wellbeing of those in need in Awka through our microloan program and ongoing healthcare outreaches.

     

    The Need for Financial Support
    Consistent with World Bank’s data, most residents of Awka survive on less than $1.90 a day (per the 2011 Poverty and Equity Databank of the World Bank). Although many in Awka have the capacity and are motivated to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in the crafts and trades such as hairdressing, shop keeping, and fish farming, they are unable to acquire modest start up financing from local sources due to the fact that they often lack sufficient collateral assets which local lenders require. Widows and women with young children are often the most economically vulnerable, therefore our efforts are focused on supporting and uplifting those two groups.

     

    The Need for Access to Basic Healthcare
    In South Eastern Nigeria, access to basic medical care is a luxury. Cost efficient, pre-emptive procedures such as basic health screenings and same day diagnostics are practically unattainable for most people in the region. Ailments that are easily prevented or treated go undiagnosed and can have a catastrophic impact on individuals, their families and others who may depend on those who has fallen ill.
    While EmmaCare’s healthcare outreaches provide much needed assistance to the community of Awka, a more comprehensive solution must be identified and implemented.

    Our Directors

    Dr. Chiaku Chukwuogor is a Professor of Finance and Coordinator of the finance major program at Eastern Connecticut State University, USA. Prior to that, she was Head of Department of Banking and Finance at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Nigeria and Associate Professor of Finance at the then University of Natal, South Africa. She was Coordinator of the Finance Program. Professor Chukwuogor introduced the Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Finance, Banking and Investment Management. She directed it from 1997 until she left for the U.S. in 1999. This program is now a highly respected training course for middle management staff in banks and other financial institutions. She was a member of the 18 member Nigerian National Finance Committee that introduced Value Added Tax in Nigeria in 1992. Her consultancy firm, Chiaku Ndu Consultants of which she was Principal Consultant and Chief Executive, in conjunction with the Institute of Tax Administration California, in 1993 trained the first operators of Value Added Taxin Nigeria. Professor Chukwuogor was the Vice President, Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, 1991– 1992 and Council member of the Chamber for several years. She consulted for the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, The Federal Government, Banks and Local governments. Dr. Chukwuogor has published extensively in local and international journals, organized several international conferences and is Editor of several academic journals. She has been at Eastern Connecticut State University since 1999.

    Udonna Ndu has a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. He is currently an oceanographic data analyst with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

    Ms. Ogoegbunam Chukwuogor is an Auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University. In the past, Ogo volunteered with the VITA tax group that provides free income tax advice and tax filings to low income members of the community. Ogo also lived in Nigeria for 17 years and understands the plight of uneducated women and children and brings a compassionate view to the board.

    Kelechi Ndu serves as Senior Tax Counsel for an Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut. Kelechi is an avid volunteer and a passionate advocate for community and human development. As a Nigerian native, Kelechi understands the importance of advocacy on behalf of those who are willing but unable to obtain economic security, access to human developmental opportunities, financial education and ultimately,the right to a dignified existence.



    Trustees of Emmacare Foundation

    • Dr. Chiaku Chukwuogor, President.
    • Engineer Nnameke Chukwuogor, Vice President.
    • Mr Chukwuekeluo Chukwuogor, Secretary.
    • Chief Obiora Ezumezu, Treasurer.
    • Chief Chinwuba Chukwuogor.
    • Mrs. Anuli Chukwuogor.
    • Dr. Chinedu Uyanwune.
    • Mr. Mbanefo Chukwuogor.