Tuscaloosa Alumnae wants to encourage involvement in international affairs, especially affairs that affect people of the African Diaspora, as well educate the community at-large on current and ongoing issues within the international arena.
MARY HELP OF THE SICK MISSION HOSPITAL
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 of Africa.
Realizing this critical health issue, in 1955, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 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 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 Missions 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. Tuscaloosa Alumnae makes an annual contribution to the Mary Help for the Sick Mission Hospital.