INTERNATIONAL Awareness & Involvement Delta Sigma Theta Opens Elementary School in Haiti JOURNAL Spring 2014 s67 While the massive earth-quake that devastated Haiti in January 2010 may no longer gain media attention, the poverty stricken country has re-mained on the hearts and minds of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since the tragedy occurred. Thanks to the forward thinking of the leadership and generosity of the membership of Delta Sigma Theta, the doors of The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School – The Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre Campus of-ficially opened during a dedication ceremony in Chérette, Haiti on June 15, 2013. Immediately following the cat-astrophic earthquake, which mea-sured 7.0 in magnitude, Delta Sigma Theta began its efforts to provide aide to the victims. The National Program Planning and Development Committee, chaired by Dr. Deborah Thomas and Dr. Thelma James Day were tasked to facilitate an outreach effort that would provide suitable support for the individuals who were impacted. In January 2010, the National Program Planning and Development Committee in collaboration with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation established the Haiti Relief Fund. The outpouring of sup-port from the members of the soror-ity was tremendous. To ensure that the funds were used for the purpose for which they were earmarked, re-search was done to determine where the money could be donated so that the residents would directly benefit. The research efforts commenced in June 2012 when Dr. Joel Laguerre presented a proposal to Delta Sigma Theta that provided an opportunity for collaboration to re-build an el-ementary school in Haiti. In collabo-ration with the Water and Education International Student Collaboration for Haiti Outreach Opportunities for Learning, the proposal afforded Delta Sigma Theta with an opportunity to do more than provide “clean water” but to additionally promote educa-tional development. The 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 WEI by Dr. Thelma James Day Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre cuts the ribbon opening the doors of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s elementary school in Cherette, Haiti. PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT) Dr. Joel Laguerre, principal; Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President; Sorors Patricia Reed Cunningham, Joyce Williams and Passion Lockett.
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