Delta Sigma Theta is continuing its legacy of greatness after opening an elementary school in the poverty-stricken country of Haiti.
The historically African-American sorority helped construct a 3,530-square-foot facility that can hold up to 300 students. The building has six classrooms.
The philanthropic endeavor comes during the sorority’s centennial year. The sorority was founded in Jan. 13, 1913.
The sorority’s national president Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre didn’t want the needs of impoverished Haitians, who suffered a devastating earthquake several years ago, be forgotten.
“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,” she said, according to Reauters. “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.”
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