The International Awareness & Involvement Committee strives to increase cultural awareness in the local communities as well as internationally and to have an impact in the international community by making the world a better place by conducting service projects to benefit those in need. Gary Alumnae Chapter won an exemplary award for our Annual World AIDS Day event for the Midwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at our 52nd National Convention in Houston, Texas in 2015.
Our International Awareness & Involvement committee meetings are held monthly.
We have 4 projects that we are trying to accomplish before the sorority year ends in May 2017:
- 3rd Annual Gospel Explosion to commemorate World AIDS Day. Thursday, December 1, 2016 – 6:00-8:30pm at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 4200 Alder Street, East Chicago, IN. The event will include gospel choirs, praise dance ministries, poets and more to bring a message of peace, hope and love to those who are afflicted with HIV/AIDS. We ask that everyone donate canned goods or winter apparel (gloves, hats, scarves, etc.).
- Sponsor a child through World Vision. The cost is $35 per month and/or $420 per year. We propose to sponsor a child in Africa. The students at our adopted school (Frankie Woods-McCullough School for Girls) will be able to write letters to the adopted child, discover new cultures, exchange ideas, stamps, postcards, and possibly improve their knowledge.
- The community garden project for the students at Frankie Woods-McCullough School for Girls. We will be assisting the students at our adopted school (Frankie Woods McCullough School for Girls) create a community garden. Service learning provides potentially life-changing learning experiences, developing students holistically by engaging their heads (cognitive domain), hands (psychomotor domain) and hearts (effective domain). Ideals reinforcing service learning that include: unconditional respect, an attitude of caring and an appreciation for giving back to the community. Moreover, being able to simulate what children in Africa must endure in order to eat and survive. Thus, showing our students what it is like to NOT be able to buy food from the grocery store.
- Obtain donations (of $5.00 each) from chapter members to send to Africa for water wells and Mama Kits. Donations will assist African women and girls at the Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital in Kenya for the organization’s national initiative.