International Awareness and Involvement
Through the International Awareness and Involvement (IAI) programmatic thrust, Delta Sigma Theta harnesses its vast potential to impact strategically the plight of people living across the diaspora. International Awareness and Involvement will continue to move forward in this 21st Century by strengthening our Awareness and Involvement in Africa and Haiti. Throughout the years, the Sorority has continued to use its NGO status to impact the lives of women and girls across the globe. The five (5) primary focus areas included:
- IAI Sustainability Plan
- IAI Webinars
- World AIDS Day
- IAI Newsletter
- IAI Mission Trips
Projects in South Africa
Adelaide Tambo School For The Physically Challenged/2002
The Adelaide Tambo School, formerly known as JC Merkin School, was established in 1980. Its purpose is to provide education to disadvantaged scholars with physical, mental, and learning disabilities from grades 1st – 12th. Tambo strives to achieve their purpose by providing a secured, open, dynamic and caring center of learning that is responsive to the needs of their learners and the community they serve. Located in White – City, Jabavu, in Soweto, the school currently has 381 students.
Delta House/Vasthi Village/2002 - Orphanage for children of AIDS victims
Dedicated in 2002, the Delta House is a home for children who became orphans due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It is located in what is now known as Vashti Village, in Mbabane, Swaziland along with two similar structures. Built to accommodate 12 children and a housemother, the home was made possible with funds contributed by Delta sorors at the 45th and 46th National Conventions held in Chicago (2000) and Atlanta (2002). Situated in a picturesque valley, an expansive vegetable garden flourishes behind the Delta House where residents (most of whom are adolescents) grow some of their own food. The village is still a work in progress with an office complex, conference center, church and apartments envisioned for the future.
Training Resources In Early Education- T.R.E.E./1984
Training and Recourses for Early Education is a non-profit organization that specializes in Early Childhood Development, resource and training. TREE’s vision is to ensure that young children develop to their full potential in line with their rights and needs. Furthermore, TREE’s mission is to promote quality holistic early Childhood Development and care for children ages 0-4 years. TREE promotes an essential package of integrated services that aims to ensure the holistic development of children.
Projects in Kenya
Thika: Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital /1969 - Maternal Hospital
Nothing is more precious than the gift of life. And, there is nothing more miraculous than the birthing of a child, bringing new life into being. Prenatal care and safe birth deliveries are practices often taken for granted in America. Yet, adequate prenatal and maternity care is seldom experienced by women in our ancestral homeland of Africa. Realizing this critical health issue, in 1955, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. began making plans and laying the groundwork to establish a maternity hospital in the east African country of Kenya. The plans for a facility came to fruition in the early 1960s when Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. made a major donation to help finance the construction of the Thika Maternity Hospital in Thika, Kenya, which is now named Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital. The first hospital to open after Kenya gained its independence, Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital continues to be operated by the missionary sisters of the Holy Rosary.
In 1985 members of the Sorority visited the hospital and saw first- hand, an increased population and infant mortality rate in and around Thika. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. responded by donating over $20,000 which was used to establish two additional maternity wards and an administrative office. In 2019, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrated 50 years of continuous service with the hospital. A delegation of members visited Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital and the sorority donated funds to purchase 84 additional beds for the maternity ward.
I Can Fly High School /2013
I CAN FLY International supports youth in marginalized and under-resourced communities so they will have increased access to educational resources that promote early learning and development; empower the teachers to provide knowledge and skills that lead to improved quality of life, and supply a sustainable rescue and resource center.
Mancakos: Muindi Mbinga Secondary School
Muindi Mbingu Boys Secondary School is located in the Machakos Town constituency in Ngelani. The school is part of the Machakos distict in the Eastern province of Kenya. The schools sponsorship is listed as Central Government/Deb and the Institution Type is classified as Ordinary. This Secondary School in Kenya has an enrollment of 369, with a Student/Teacher ratio of 26:4, and a total of 14 teachers.
Project in Haiti
Chἐrette: Delta Sigma Theta School Elementary School /2013
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with Water in Education International opened the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School, The Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in Chἐrette, Haiti June 15, 2013. The Water and Education International Student Collaboration for Haiti Outreach Opportunities for Learning (WEI SCHOOL) Project was established to provide an adequate school facility to include clean water for school children in Haiti. It is the first of many initiatives to alleviate some of the challenges in obtaining a quality education in Haiti. The remote village of Chἐrette is located 96 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince.
Donations for all projecs (individual and chapter) should be sent to:
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
c/o IAI Sustainability Plan Fund
1707 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009