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.