Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is honoring their commitment to community service in a groundbreaking way. The non-profit organization is opening the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School, The Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus, in Haiti on June 15, 2013.
Located in the remote village of Chérette southwest of Port-au-Prince, the school aims to provide its current 300-student population with “an enhanced learning environment and a hands-on global service learning experience,” according to Rolling Out. It spans 3,530 square feet and includes six classrooms and an administrative office building.
The school opening is in collaboration with the Delta Research & Educational Foundation and Water in Education International (WEI), a non-profit public benefit organization. Established in 2010, the Delta Research & Educational Foundation will provide the school with funds that were donated by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters while The WEI SCHOOL Project, developed to create an adequate school facility with clean water for Haiti’s school children, will manage the school’s daily operations.
Delta Sigma Theta’s national president, Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre said: “We believe that by impacting the lives of young people, we will have a lasting impact for years to come. As a former elementary school teacher, it has been my experience that providing the proper educational tools and creating a positive learning environment is essential to school instruction and enables students to excel in and outside the classroom.”
Though the timing coincides with the organization’s 100 year anniversary, Butler-McIntyre says their focus remains primarily on community service. She said via Ebony.com: “The celebrations planned throughout our centennial year have not deterred us from doing what we were called to do – to serve. Although we no longer see the images of Haiti in the news, the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority have not forgotten the devastated faces of our Haitian brothers and sisters after the earthquake three years ago.”
Kudos to DST!