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Original Post By Judith Davis 

Meeting an outstanding leader is a definitely pleasure. Also, while listening to and learning what makes someone exceptional is another thing. Chetachi Ecton is indeed an individual determined to do her part in changing the world as much as possible through her work with the When In Need Foundation.

The When In Need Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization created by a single mom named Chetachi Ecton. As a Nigerian immigrant to the U.S., Ecton knew first-hand what it means to be in need. After finding success through entrepreneurship, Ecton would often see devastating need as she traveled around the world.

Ecton started When In Need Foundation to show people the difference one person can make. In fact, the name of the foundation was a suggestion from her daughter.  Echton says to people wanting to know about to the foundation “To come and volunteer so they can see the work the foundation is doing.”  She also goes onto say “It is important to reach out to the children.  There are have been a few students we have sponsored with scholarships.” 

With When In Need Foundation, Ecton has successfully completed several projects in dozens of countries around the world through the nonprofit’s Mission of Mercy outreach program. Mission of Mercy includes: medical missions, agricultural farming, water projects, and shoe projects.

In the U.S., When In Need Foundation does various community outreach initiatives in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. It also provides scholarships to young people in need who are entering post-secondary education. Ecton has funded the foundation through her own investment and fundraising efforts, along with a small team of volunteers.

Before their departure on Nov 15, 2016 the mission received media coverage from NY1 News and NBC Philadelphia.  As a result, more than 5000 people treated onsite for common illnesses such as: malaria diarrhea, deworming, high blood pressure, and diabetes, 11 hospitalized for severe illness and hospital bills paid by WIN Foundation and 2,723 pairs of eye glasses have been distributed.  

When In Need Foundation already has its next mission planned for first quarter 2017.

For the upcoming mission, here is a link to the needed items.  As well, here is the link to her website and a link to where donations can be made. Stay in touch with the activities and updates of the foundation via social on FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube, and Google Plus.  

Nigeria has found its Queen and her name is Dr. Chetachi Ecton

Original Post By Allen Ellison, The Public Relations Firm, Inc.

Chief Dr. Chetachi Nwoga Ecton from Mbaise, Imo State in Nigeria, is one of the most inspiring people in the world. Hers is a personal story that incredibly shifts from surviving a life of poverty and abuse to creating a humanitarian and philanthropic organization that is changing the lives of people that live on less than $1 a day around the world. Whether she is writing checks to sponsor thousands of boys and girls to go to school, assisting widows with funds to engage in subsistence farming in rural villages, funding high-level humanitarian medical delegations to Africa, or engaging the international community to pay attention to disadvantaged communities in Third World Countries, she remains a self-driven trailblazer who is always seeking opportunities for the betterment of the people in dire poverty.

Dr. Ecton migrated from Nigeria to the United States at the age of seventeen. Like most immigrants that come to the shores of America, she struggled to make ends meet but worked hard to put herself in school and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Widener University. She is a victim of an abusive marriage that she escaped and started raising her three children alone. Despite the crucible circumstances resulting from a brutal relationship, she persevered and held as many as four jobs at one time and still withstood the demanding and taxing responsibilities of single parenting, work and the pursuit of her education.

Inspired by the nexus between her own struggles and the variations of the social landscape she learned in college, Dr. Ecton assumed a social enterprise undertaking in the real estate market and staked an opportunity that helped her expand her entrepreneurial and humanitarian dispositions into broader contexts. Her first social work venture was a healthcare agency that provides services to the intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. Dr. Ecton began to develop the mindset of striving for excellence in all facets of her life with an innate desire and unparalleled determination to provide quality services in the social services world, while lending a helping hand to other people and communities in need. She believes in going over and beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference in the world around her. This passion of service is what led to the founding of a humanitarian and philanthropic organization that helps the people in need; The When In Need Foundation.

Through the When In Need Foundation, Dr. Ecton has helped change the lives of over 550,000 people by donating funds for education, agriculture and healthcare in different communities in Nigeria. For example, in 2018, using her networks and relationships with private foundations and organizations of goodwill like the Order of Saint George, International Rotary Club, Corporate America and the International Community, Dr. Ecton mobilized an unprecedented effort of in-kind donations of medical supplies worth over $1 million to communities in Nigeria. She believes that if nonprofit organizations and other non-state actors are going to complement the World Leaders’ commitment of attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, then we must all spare no resources to partner with other stakeholders in reaching the mark.

Dr. Ecton sustains the work of the When In Need Foundation by donating 98 percent of her income, and every other resource at her disposal, to facilitate all overheads in the United States and abroad. She is a resource to hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.

Should you be interested in supporting Dr. Ecton and the When In Need Foundation with its mission of making this world a better place, you are encouraged to get in touch with the team and join our humanitarian movement of helping the disadvantaged communities around the world. Please visit us at www.winfound.org and be a part of history and change

When In Need Foundation Medical Mission To Nigeria 2018


96-04 57th Ave. Suite 6A, Corona NY 11368

4950 Parkside Avenue, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19131

85/87 Okigwe road, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

No 1 Zambezi Crescent off Aguyi Ironsi, Maitama Abuja Nigeria

  Phone: 347-249-3500   F: 267-292-4879

 Website: www.winfound.org E-mail: contact@winfound.org  www.facebook.com/winfound

January 23, 2018 Dear Friend: Over the past four years, the When in Need Foundation has taken several medical missions to the most rural areas of Nigeria. While these trips had specific focuses, i.e. delivering Malaria medications for example, what we’ve learned is that whenever a doctor is in the area, people from multiple communities come to receive even the most basic of checkups and treatments. In April 2018, we head back to Nigeria to visit three separate rural communities with an estimated population of 600,000+ individuals. Ondo State has a population of approximately 3.5 million people.  The primary focus of this trip is to provide eye examinations for 15,000 children, women and community members and up to 5000 pairs of glasses. Please watch our last When In Need Mission To Africa at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egB9umpKIoI Additionally, we are bringing doctors who can give regular examinations on various medical conditions. As diabetes, high blood pressure and diarrhea are some of the major issues Nigerians face, we are in need of various basic supplies. As our friends, business partners and fellow community members, we are asking for your help. Attached is a list of items we need. Anything you can donate or help us obtain would be extremely appreciated. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 347.249.3500 or by email at whenineedfoundation@gmail.com . We are grateful for your help.  All donations can be mailed or shipped to our official addresses at:
  • 96-04 57th Ave. Suite 6A, Corona NY 11368
  • 4950 Parkside Avenue, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • 85/87 Okigwe road, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
  • No 1 Zambezi Crescent off Aguyi Ironsi, Maitama Abuja
In kind monetary donations can be made on our website at www.winfound.org/donate Sincerely, Dr. Chetachi Dunkley-Ecton President When In Need Foundation 

How we touched the lives of the needy in Nigeria

In this interview with Dr. Chetachi Nwoga-Ecton, Founder and CEO, and Dr. George Onuorah, Director of Media and Projects, of the When In Need (WIN) Foundation they explained the challenges and joy derived from seeing the  smiles on the less-privileged in Nigeria during WIN’s April 2017 Mission of Mercy.

From April 27 – 29, 2017, the When In Need Foundation made a Mission of Mercy (MOM) to Ideato Imo state Nigeria. This particular medical mission was inspired by a letter received from a community in Ideato South in Imo State Nigeria. Ideato south has an estimated population of 550,000. Our investigation revealed that this community has been greatly deprived of accessible healthcare, general sustainable development, children’s education and women/youth empowerment. This deplorable state of healthcare has claimed the lives of many in this community.

The April mission was supported by a team of family physicians, ophthalmologists, pharmacists, nurses and several other public health professionals.  During the mission, attended to over 6,000 adults and children. Free services were performed including physical and ophthalmic examinations; provision of education and treatments for multiple ailments including hypertension, diabetes, cholera, malaria and typhoid fever; provision of  free reading and distance glasses for at least 4,500 people; and offered preventative health education to reduce the prevalence of communicable diseases.

Read this article to learn more about our Mission of Mercy.

How we touched the lives of the needy in Nigeria-WIN



Senator James Sanders, Jr. holds press conference in support of When in Need Foundation

On Friday, May 12th at 10AM, State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will host a press conference to discuss his recent trip with When in Need Foundation and our President & CEO Dr. Chetachi Ecton to the country of Nigeria on a medical Mission of Mercy.
Our team of 30 doctors provided medicines to combat illnesses such as malaria, typhoid and high blood pressure. In addition to trying to improve health, Dr. Ecton and Senator Sanders met with Nigerian leaders to discuss how to strengthen relations between the two countries, even through Nigeria is already an ally of the United States.

Senator Sanders also viewed the visit as a time for personal growth and development regarding other cultures and felt warmly adopted by the Nigerian people. He was even given the title of chief by four kings there. 

Senator Sanders was proud to work with the When In Need Foundation on the Nigerian mission. WIN provides grants for students and young professionals to continue their education. They support schools, orphanages and various hostels that assist the less fortunate. WIN also organizes health and education fairs. 

At the upcoming press conference, Sanders will provide an informational update to community members in the 10th Senatorial District on the current state of Nigeria and what supplies and resources are needed there and how we collectively can provide support.

Senator Sanders hopes to encourage Americans and Nigerian-Americans to help the beautiful African Nation and would like to work with representatives from the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York to accomplish this goal.



If you would like to join the press conference:

Who: State Senator James Sanders Jr., When in Need Foundation

What: Press Conference on Mission to Nigeria 

Where: St. Clement Pope Church (outside) 
141-11 123rd Avenue, South Ozone Park, NY 11436
(onsite parking)

When: Friday, May 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. 

Why: To help the people of Nigeria and their family and friends living in the United States.

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