The Ngwa National Association North New York Chapter Motherless Babies’ Foundation, Inc., was established on June 10, 2005 to enhance a long existent commitment of the Ngwa National Association North New York Chapter (NNANNY) to the welfare of motherless babies in Ngwa land. In the spring of 2003, NNANNY resolved to be identified with a project that will provide assistance and charitable contributions to motherless babies and motherless babies’ homes in Ngwa land. NNANNY also resolved that a portion of monies/funds realized from the organization’s annual African Cultural Night parties will be donated to the cause of motherless babies. The establishment of the Motherless Babies’ Foundation, Inc., (MBF) therefore, was to further NNANNY’s already existent commitment to the welfare and interest of abandoned and motherless babies. Hence our slogan: a NNANNY for motherless babies.
Ngwa land located in the south eastern area of Nigeria has a significant incidence and occurrence of abandoned and motherless babies. Some babies are abandoned shortly after birth as their mothers lack the financial resources to support these children. Other babies are abandoned by their teenage mothers due the cultural, religious and social stigma associated with having a child out of wedlock. Other babies find themselves motherless after the death of their mother during or shortly after delivery caused by inadequate medical care. Further, other babies who turn out to be physically disabled and/or mentally challenged are abandoned by their mothers/parents who either cannot accept the child’s physical or mental condition or cannot afford the accompanying increased financial burden of caring for such child. With the worsening state of the local economy, this unfortunate occurrence of abandoned and motherless babies is on the increase.