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INTERNATIONAL Awareness & Involvement Taking Service Beyond Borders BY PATRICIA ACKERMAN, PAMELA HEMPHILL, PATRICIA REED-CUNNINGHAM AND PAULA SNOWDEN JOURNAL Spring 2016 s71 For nearly seventy of its 103 years, the International Aware-ness and Involvement (IAI) thrust has enabled Delta women to extend our mission of sisterhood, scholarship and service beyond the borders of the United States. As our beloved sorority accelerates into its second century still reflecting upon her glorious past and visioning for a more dynamic future, our interna-tional accomplishments are notewor-thy points of pride. DST’s legacy of international ser-vice began during the tenure of the 10th National President Dr. Dorothy I. Height who initiated projects in Hai-ti and India in the 1950s. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, Delta institutionalized its global com-mitment in collaboration with oth-er organizations such as Africare. In 1961, the 12th National President, Dr. Jeanne L. Noble, led our first mission to Thika Hospital in Kenya. The 13th National President, Dr. Geraldine P. Woods, supported the Girls Village in Monrovia, Liberia. Monetary sup-port for Thika continued during the administrations of the 14th Nation-al President Frankie Muse Freeman, and the 18th National President, Hortense G. Canady who led anoth-er mission to the hospital in 1985. Focus on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa began with Summit IV in the 1990s during the administra-tion of the 20th National Pres-ident, Dr. Bertha Maxwell Rod-dey. She also spearheaded the building of forty Habitat for Humanity houses in Gha-na. Sorority financial support equipped a medical wing and completed the maternity ward at Mary Help of the Sick Mis-sion Hospital (formerly known as Thika Hospital) during the administration of the 21st Na-tional President, Congress-woman Marcia L. Fudge. Early in the 21st century, the 22nd National President, Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, initiated support for HIV/AIDS orphans in Swaziland, trans-portation for physically hand-icapped children and training of women township leaders in South Africa as Internation- PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT) Members of the National Program Planning and Development Committee: Sorors Pamela Hart Hemphill, Charlotte Holt, Patricia Ackerman, Ms. Bertha Magoge, Director of TREE (non-member); and Sorors Paula Snowden and Patricia Reed-Cunningham. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL PROGRAMS PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE


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