Submitted by Sha Givens
Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital (MHS) in Thika, Kenya is one of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s seven international projects around the world. In 1955, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated (DST) established a maternity wing and prenatal services for women in the local community through the hospital. It was the beginning of a partnership that would change many lives for years to come.
For the past several decades, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has assisted Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital to increase its services by providing a host of medical equipment, supplies and infrastructure for in-patient and out-patient care. On April 27, 2022, Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the Surgical Theatre (Maternity Ward/Operating Room), unveiling of photo DST 27th National President Cheryl A. Hickmon and the Ground Breaking of the addition to the Surgical Theatre.The eventwas “live streamed” and well attended.
Melvin Stringer/DST Fiduciary Agent andMHS Staff and Board of Directors participated in the celebration. The Southern Africa Alumnae Chapter was officially represented in-person by Soror Kerry Scott, charter member. Soror Scott said she felt honored to partake in this historic event that will never be forgotten. The impact of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was undeniable through the speeches and acknowledgements presented on this historic day.
A photo of 27th National President Cheryl A. Hickmon was placed at the entry of Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital Maternity Ward Operating Room Surgical Theatre in her memory.
The sorority also donated a ventilator machine that was a mandated to pass the government medical health inspection in order to officially open the Surgical Theatre. The new additions to the Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital will make a great impact in the lives of vulnerable people who visit the hospital daily seeking medical services. The contributions from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated continue to provide better health and hope to people who need it most.