International Awareness and Involvement

Delta Days at the United Nations

March 14, 2014

Through its Special Consultative Status, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides analysis and expertise in monitoring and implementing international agreements on issues of mutual concern. As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Delta has the opportunity to gain access to and disseminate information concerning a range of issues on women and children in which the United Nations is involved. Marietta-Roswell will be present at the 2014 Delta Days at the United Nations and will be a conduit for disseminating information and raising awareness throughout our service area.

Mary Help of the Sick Mission 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 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 Missions 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. Marietta-Roswell Alumnae makes an annual contribution to the Mary Help for the Sick Mission Hospital.

Service Project Abroad

By virtually any standard, education in sub-Saharan Africa lags far behind most other developing regions. One obvious reason is that the continent is the poorest. Without large and growing economies, governments have very limited tax bases to finance public school systems, while the bulk of African families cannot afford the high fees charged by private schools. Another reason is that Africa began to develop modern schools — as distinct from traditional forms of education — much more recently, to a limited extent during the colonial era, but more seriously with the achievement of independence in the 1960s.
Progress sometimes occurs through mass movements. At other times, it occurs through less dramatic, but equally effective small steps. July 1-17, 2014, Marietta-Roswell and friends will return to the Republic of Ghana; joining forces with local leaders to improve the educational experience of over 300 children. The delegation will perform the final steps of constructing a school that will serve five villages in the Awutu Offada community. From this small, initial step, we look forward to more dramatic opportunities to positively impact education and learning among other less fortunate communities.
To get details on how you can participate in this mission, click on links below.