In alignment with the Farwest Region's service project, the Hawaii Alumnae Chapter is supporting the "I Can Fly" Campaign through fundraising efforts.
Founded by Soror Sha’ Givens, a member of Inglewood Alumnae Chapter in the Farwest Region, I Can Fly International is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth living within impoverished villages throughout Kenya. Since the youth initiative began, the organization has been able to provide quality education, shelter, meals, life skills, and enrichment activities to scores of children rescued from female genital mutilation, early marriage, sex trade, child labor, and extreme poverty.
For more information and to learn ways to give, visit the Farwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
December 1st annually, the Hawaii Alumnae Chapter conducts community outreach efforts to unite in the worldwide fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.
One of the primary objectives of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is to encourage scholastic achievement and quality academic pursuits. Annually, the Hawaii Alumnae Chapter recognizes deserving high school seniors in the Oahu community with our scholarship program.
Scholarships are awarded to students who display academic excellence and/or financial need, and who choose to attend a four-year institution. Over the years, the Hawaii Alumnae Chapter has awarded scholarships to countless students with an average annual award amount of $6,000 per year in scholarships.
As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership but also the families and communities we serve. Journey to Wellness: Committing our Bodies to Physical and Mental Health is now the signature Physical and Mental Health call to action. The initiative addresses the challenges of living holistic and healthy lives. The three-pronged approach to Journey to Wellness includes signature programs, Catching, coping, Conquering; My Cry in the Dark; and Healthy Lifestyles. Members have actively engaged in physical fitness and are taking an active interest in the welfare of their health.
Annually, the Hawaii Alumnae Chapter conducts fundraising efforts and support for the Sorority's Charitable Partners, to include participation in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and the March of Dimes March for Babies.
Award-winning Physical and Mental Health programming, the Hawaii Alumnae Chapter was awarded the 2017 Farwest Regional Award for Exemplary Programming in Physical and Mental Health. The chapter is also a two-time winner of Okinawa Alumnae Chapter's "1 Million Steps Challenge" to "STOMP OUT sexual assault!"
I Can Fly Campaign
National economic trends, such as unstable employment, the threat to Social Security as we know it, and the widening gap between wealth and poverty are the basis for the development of Financial Fortitude,the current Economic Development program initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Financial Fortitude is a process that will help program participants to set and define goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and to put the plan into action. The process serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances.
The Financial Fortitude initiative is comprised of ten components and provides a collaboration of information from major economic corporations and other well-known financial institutions. The ten components include: Goal Setting, Financial Planning, Budgeting, Debt Management, Savings & Investments, Retirement Planning, Homeownership, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Entrepreneurship.
The initiative helps members of the Sorority spread financial education throughout their local communities.
In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation's Capital, an annual legislative conference to increase members' involvement in the national public policy-making process. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and advocacy skills development. Featured speakers include key policymakers, members of the United States Congress, Congressional staff members, and national issues experts.
The activities of Delta Days in the Nation's Capital are briefings on legislative issues that impact the African-American community; skill development sessions such as How to Advocate Effectively, Understanding the Role of Congressional Staffers, How to Monitor and Track Legislation; and legislative visits to members of Congress. The participants, who come from all geographical areas of the country, also have opportunities to observe the legislators in session, participate in Senate Press Tours and White House briefings. Members of Delta and others with expertise on various issues, conduct the skills development and discussion sessions. In addition, the members also participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Town Hall Meetings and conduct Delta Days at the State Capitol, Delta Days at City Hall, and Delta Days at the School Board.
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 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 Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has provided 50 Years of Service and Support to the Mary Help of the Sick Hospital. This year, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. outfitted the hospital with 85 new hospital beds and five new birthing beds.
In 2019, the Hawaii Alumnae Chapter, along with Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and other community partners, raised $2,200 to purchase two hospital feeding trays and a hospital bed.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. urges all sorors and friends of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to embrace our global community of Thika, Kenya with financial contributions. If you are interested in donating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
POLITICAL AWARENESS & INVOLVEMENT
PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Delta Days at the Nations Capital
INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS & INVOLVEMENT
A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta GEMS was created to catch the dreams of African-American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.
The goals for Delta GEMS are:
The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Delta GEMS participants have the opportunity to define and “Discover their individual Brilliance.”
World AIDS Day
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: TOTAL WOMAN: MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT
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DR. BETTY SHABAZZ DELTA ACADEMY
MARY HELP OF THE SICK MISSION HOSPITAL
(FORMERLY THIKA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL)
Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century: The Delta Academy was created in 1996 out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for local chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.
Delta Academy has taken many forms. In some chapters, the Academies are after-school or Saturday programs; others are weekly or biweekly throughout the school year; and still other programs occur monthly. At a minimum, chapters plan and implement varied activities based upon the needs of the early adolescents in their areas. The activities implemented most often include computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts.
In March of 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founders marched in the historic Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. banner, the Sorority's first public act. Today, low voter turnout statistics highlight the need to continue to identify ways to include opportunities for all citizens to exercise their voting power. Each of Delta’s programmatic initiatives has an advocacy component that is implemented under the auspices of social action when it is appropriate or necessary to do so.
Under the auspices of the National Social Action Commission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continues to institute activities that foster:
FIVE-POINT PROGRAMMATIC THRUST