Children's Education and Literacy

Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. is steadfast in its mission to transcend the traditional notions of a sorority by utilizing the power and passion of our sisterhood. This mission is put to action in every colony and chapter across the United States, creating a collective force of positive social change on both the
college campus and surrounding communities. Through our commitment to service, the sisters of Delta Phi Omega reach beyond the spectrum of university life, and actively remain connected to the world around them through proactive efforts of human progress.

While the sisters remain active in a range of philanthropic services, the Sorority’s paramount objective is to bring awareness – continual support – to an often overlooked cause: children’s education and literacy. The children of today are tomorrow’s leaders, but without the skills to unlock their potential, the door to a successful future remains shut. By ensuring each child – regardless of race, religion, or creed – receives a quality education and the power to read, we give them the keys to a limitless future.

Therefore, the sisters of Delta Phi Omega are doing their part to ensure that every child is given the awesome ability to read and obtain a befitting education by educating the public on the epidemic of illiteracy, fundraising for our philanthropic partners, and volunteering in literacy and educational settings.

This mission has been realized most publicly through the sorority’s annual Literacy Through Unity week, a national initiative which to date has raised over $75,000 for children’s education and literacy. This amount continues to grow each years as our sisters passionately raise money for this worthy cause.

Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. also encourages sisters to spread our volunteerism to numerous causes and non-profit organizations. The Sorority’s active role on both a national and local level has created a reputation for responsibility and an active commitment to service. In realizing these ideals, the Sorority instills the importance of altruism, community involvement, and personal growth through service in all of its members. Through all of our philanthropic efforts, the women of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. are doing our part to rise above the stereotype, and demonstrate the positive impact that a sisterhood can create, both within our organization and our world. Every year, our sisters log hunderds of hours serving their community. This is one of the most unique and steadfast abilities of Delta Phi Omega, Sorority Inc.

Being able to read and write is fundamental to be able to function more effectively in life and participate in the transformation of a society. Illiteracy contributes to a destructive vicious cycle of poverty. It is our mission to end this cycle through children’s education. Literacy is just the first step to self-determination; it is an important instrument for individual progress, social change, and is essential for continued economic growth. The most recent statistics are disheartening. The overall literacy rate in India is 65%, with a female literacy rate of 54%. The bottom line is that literacy is a fundamental human right that can foster change in poverty stricken and underprivileged areas. The eradication of widespread illiteracy is an essential requirement for promoting democracy and stepping up national and social development. With our combined efforts, together we can help advance the idea that “Knowledge is Power.




Supported Beneficiaries

Pratham was founded on the belief that every child has a right to a quality education. Their goals include developing low-cost solutions to improve the quality of learning, and work with governments to take them to scale. Over a 9 year period, Pratham has reached out to a million children.  An accelerated learning method, in which an uneducated child starts reading and computing basic mathematics in 3 weeks, has been in use since late 2002 and has taught over 160,000 children since then to become literate. Today, they are established as one of the top non-governmental organizations dedicated to fostering universal literacy.

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Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. In keeping with this focus, volunteers are involved with and support projects that are secular and have an education-related component to them.

2007 Student Partnership Award Recipient
At 2008’s National Conference in Dallas, Asha for Education presented to Delta Phi Omega the Student Partnership Award for 2007. This award recognizes campus and community groups that work together to produce measurable improvements in children’s lives and to enhance learning in India. The winning organization/group receives an official recognition to be shared equally between the campus partners. Through hard work and determination through events such as Literacy Through Unity Week, achieving this award was made possible for us.

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CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty that places special focus on working alongside poor women.  Equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.  Women are the heart of CARE’s community-based effors to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.  CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

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Philanthropic Efforts

Be The Change

Be The Change is a national annual day of service coordinated to inspire and foster civic engagement and stronger communities through volunteerism and community service. This event was nationally coordinated by SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) until 2016, and has continued to be a part of Delta Phi Omega’s philanthropic efforts. Every year, thousands of participants across the country collectively contribute numerous hours of community service in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Be The Change has been an opportunity for South Asian Americans and their allies to engage in collective public service activities that lead to deeper civic engagement, collaboration and unity in localized and national spaces. The event presents an opportunity to be connected, be engaged, and be inspired.

Literacy Through Unity Week

Every year, we hold an annual “Literacy Through Unity” Week, which is a series of events dedicated to raise awareness about children’s education and literacy.  It also aims to raise donations and funds to give to local charitable organizations affiliated with each corresponding chapter or colony, as well as to one of our national beneficiaries which we choose every year. Sisters nationwide help put together Literacy Through Unity Week at their respective chapter or colony to bring communities as well as students together. Events include seminars, donation drives, days of community service, benefit nights at businesses, bake sales, and more. Over the past years, we have been able to raise over $83,000 nationwide.


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