This program focuses on promoting a better understanding and deeper appreciation for the contributions and struggles of people and cultures different form one’s own. Program goals are implemented through the scholarships of public programs, forums and travelogues involving international students and through donations of health care and personal hygiene equipment and supplies to refugees settlements in Africa as well as other countries.
More than 800,000 girls in Kenya miss a week of school every month when they have their period because they don’t have access to sanitary pads. They shouldn’t have to! You can help ZanaAfrica’s mission to eradicate gender-based poverty and exclusion by helping girls be the force of change in their own lives through a very simple tool: a sanitary pad.
To learn more and to partner with Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, follow the video link (www.zanaafrica.org/media/videos) for more stats and details as to how we’re keeping girls in school.
Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital
(formerly Thika Memorial Hospital)
Realizing this critical health issue, in 1955, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 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 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 the increased population and infant mortality rate in and around Thika. Delta responded by donating over $20,000 in 1985 which was used to establish two additional maternity wards and an administrative office.
Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital has grown to 120 beds. It provides affordable prenatal and postnatal care, nutritional education, child immunization, and family planning. The hospital gives prenatal care, including lab work, blood tests, and examinations to more than 200 women daily. The facility also has a special care nursery for babies after delivery. The hospital also serves as an educational institution for nurses and midwives. Over 66 students are trained each year.
Delta urges all sorors and friends of Delta to embrace our global community of Thika, Kenya with financial contributions to:
Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital
Operation Christmas Child
The International Awareness Committee and Chapter sorors answer prayers of needy children around the world by collecting gift boxes of toys and basic living essentials.
How to Pack a Shoe Box
1. SHOE BOX
2. BOY OR GIRL?
3. FILL WITH GIFTS
4. INCLUDE YOUR DONATION
TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
OTHER: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
A PERSONAL NOTE: In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans
See www.samaritanspurse.org for instructions on creating ideal gift boxes.