When In Need Foundation In Action
The Mission of Mercy (M.O.M) is a global outreach program of the When In Need Foundation. The purpose and mission of assisting individuals in need with basic amenities, food, supplies, medical, healthcare, and educational resources globally. When In Need Foundation supports schools, orphanages, and hostels that assist those less fortunate around the world with necessary resources to function every day.
The purpose of this program is to provide impoverished orphanages with basic amenities most of us take for granted every day. Food, medical supplies, school supplies and the basic amenities we have in our homes every day. Soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper, shoes, baby formula, diapers and countless other items.
The When in Need Foundation currently works with 17 orphanages in 7 countries and territories. Nigeria, Argentina, Chile, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Turk & Caicos and the United States.
This program has provided 1600 orphans with these basic items since 2014.
Mission of Mercy: Rebuilding the Samuel Njemaze Primary School
The Samuel Njemaze Primary School in Imo State, Nigeria was falling apart. The When In Need Foundation went into the school and rebuilt 2 buildings.
Impact: 350 children had a structurally safe and comfortable school to attend every day. In addition, the water system that was installed into the community serviced the school so there was clean water.
Mission of Mercy: Soles for Education
Shoes are an integral part of children’s school uniform. Without shoes, which some of us take for granted; children have an incomplete kit required for school, and in some cases, are unable to attend school. In the rural areas of Nigeria, this is a basic problem many children face. This is the case at Samuel Njemanze Primary School in Owerri. We’ve created the “Soles for Education” program to assist schools like Samuel Njemanze Primary School purchase, ship, distribute the shoes so no child is deprived of getting an education for lacking something as simple a pair of shoes.
Impact: In April 2016 we provided 300 children with shoes.
When her children were in school, like all parents, she wanted them to have the best education possible. Many of the schools she wished for them to attend required money that she did not have. Being the determined mother that she is, she successfully fought for her children to receive scholarships to these schools. Now that her children have graduated, she is dedicated to helping other children that may not have the means to attend these schools the same opportunity her children received. She has awarded five scholarships over the past two years.
Impact: We have given scholarships to 15 children in Philadelphia and New York to help defray the cost of their education
Mission of Mercy: Fighting Malaria and Diarrhea in Abuja, Nigeria
In most regions of the world Malaria and rampant diarrhea is not an issue. That is not the case in Nigeria where both of these issues cause deaths every year. To combat this we created the Internally Displaced Person Project. In April 2016, we went to the IDP Camp in Abuja, Nigeria. This camp consists of people that lost their homes due to the Boko Haram terrorist war in East Nigeria. We brought a team of medical doctors, a microbiologist, social service professionals and support staff with a Malaria Testing Mobile Clinic. The goal of the mission was to examine individuals for Malaria parasites within the camp and deliver basic over the counter medication to combat diarrhea. We focused particularly on children (0-3yrs) and pregnant women. We distributed Mosquito Nets and Malaria preventative drugs in addition to the WIN team hosting a Malaria preventive health seminar. Our hope is to expand the program to multiple IDP Camps in rural areas.
PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Test for Malaria, diarrhea high blood pressure and other ailments. Provide the women and children with medical treatment where necessary. Educate them on
PROJECT IMPACT: We tested 600 women and children that were displaced from their homes due to the Boko Haram. The doctors also gave general exams addressing basic medical issues such as high blood pressure. Food, clothing and other supplies were also given to the inhabitants of this camp.
Mission of Mercy: Preventing Ebola
In 2014 the Ebola Virus was introduced to Nigeria when a very ill man landed in the country with the virus. Although the man was admitted into the hospital and isolated, almost 1000 people were exposed to the disease. Determined to work in a preventative manner, the When In Need Foundation brought over 1045 Ebola Kits to the LED Primary School in Abuja, Nigeria.
Impact: 1045 students and teachers were given preventative medicine and tools to address the virus in case it reached their community.
FOOD AND WATER
Water for All Project
In the Ngor Opkala community in the Imo state Nigeria 30,000 people had no access to water safe enough to be consumed by humans. They relied more on streams and other contaminated sources of water for drinking, washing and food preparation purposes. This lack of consumable water was a major factor to many preventable illnesses. The When In Need Foundation went into the community and installed a portable borne water supply system.
Project objective: Installation of portable pipe borne water supply system to reduce the number of illnesses and diseases and elevate the standard of living for the community.
Project Impact: With the provision of a safe pipe born portable water supply system, 30,000 people no longer source water from far and unsafe sources.
Poverty Alleviation Project- Farming for Sustainability
In the rural areas of Nigeria it is extremely difficult for women, especially widows, to provide for their families. With this project we gave widows a means of providing for themselves by purchasing land and materials so they can farm and sell crops.
Project objective: Reduce hunger and create a way for women in Ntuke, Nigeria to sustain themselves and their families through farming.
Project impact: This project created jobs and sources of food that enabled 500 women to take care of their families.
Since the age of 17 Philadelphia and New York have been home to Ms. Ecton. As the United States often does, Ms. Ecton has achieved tremendous things. She raised three children as a single mother. She has built a business from nothing that helps countless senior citizens. She has started this non-profit to help others around the world. This includes the cities that have provided her with the opportunities to have the life she has.
Magical Moment Prom Dress Giveaway- Philadelphia, PA and Queens, NY
Attending prom is something every child looks forward to attending. Every young girl wants to attend looking her best in a beautiful dress. As a mother with 2 daughters, this is something that Ms. Ecton understands. She put together a project where girls that did not have the means to attend their prom due to not having a dress could receive one for free. The once in a lifetime experience for these girls is something they will remember for the rest of their lives and is something the When In Need Foundation is proud be a part of in a very small way.
Impact: We gave 75 high school girls a prom dress so they could attend their prom.
Day of Humanitarian Action- October 18th
Philadelphia, PA and Corona, Queens NY
When her children were young, all Ms. Ecton could afford was generic cereals. While she was proud of being able to support her family, on the rare occasion she was able to buy name brand cereals the excitement on the faces of the children was something she will never forget. Out of that the “Cereal for All” program was born.
Once a year the When In Need Foundation goes into low income areas with a truckload of brand name cereals. Children from all over the neighborhood are able to come and eat as much as they like and then bring boxes of their favorite cereals home. As with the Prom Dress Giveaway, this program provides these underserved children with an incredible experience that will last them a lifetime.