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If I said the word “Haiti,” what image immediately pops into your mind? For most, that image would likely be what has been portrayed in the media. Protests. Waste. Unrest.

My sorority sisters and I wanted to help change that narrative by celebrating our 10-year-anniversary as members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (Beta Alpha, Spring 2009) by creating ongoing service projects and sisterhood activities throughout the country. By celebrating such a milestone in Haiti, our goal is to increase awareness, raise funds and expose others to the rich history and beauty of the country and people — aside from what is promoted in the media. We also want to encourage travelers to make Haiti a preferred destination. Later this year, we will release a documentary highlighting our ongoing service projects and experiences throughout the country in order to drive conversations around international awareness and global impact.