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
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
the 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. urges all sorors and friends of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to embrace our global
community of Thika, Kenya with financial contributions to:
P O Box 418194
Boston MA 02241-8194
To receive a federal income tax deduction for donations to the Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital send to:
1703 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009