Convention Service Project 2019
50th Anniversary Service Project
Phi Sigma Sigma, Inc. announces, in celebration of the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, the kick off of a special Convention 2019 fundraising campaign to raise the costs to construct two schools in Guatemala through the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. This special project supports our philanthropic focus of school and college readiness while perfectly aligning with Phi Sigma Sigma’s twin ideas: the brotherhood of man and the alleviation of the world’s pain.
The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, with its implementation partner buildOn, will facilitate the building of the two schools utilizing a school building methodology that focuses on gender equality. This will ensure that at least 50% of the students enrolled will be girls.
Phi Sigma Sigma will send collegiate and alumnae members on two trips to participate in the start of school construction in Summer 2020. These ambassadors will break ground on the school and receive a first-hand experience of the meaningful impact building a school will have on the selected community and how an education will forever change these young children’s lives.
We can't wait to embark on this exciting journey of service and sisterhood with our collegians and alumnae. This project is like nothing the Fraternity has ever done before and with your help, we can make a lasting impact in the world!
In 2017, Phi Sigma Sigma sisters from the Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick partnered with Circle of Sisterhood to fully sponsor a school in Haiti. They found that the Circle of Sisterhood's mission connects seamlessly with Phi Sig's dedication to promoting school and college readiness.
Fifteen members of the chapter spent seven days in Haiti, learning about the community, connecting with the local children that would benefit from the school and access to education and working hands-on to build the school structure.
CIRCLE OF SISTERHOOD
The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is a mechanism by which all sorority women can stand together across affiliation, age, color and creed to make a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Collectively, Circle of Sisterhood is one of the largest communities of college-education women in the world while not even seven percent of the world – men and women combined – has college degrees, and two thirds of all illiterate adults are women.
Standing together as one community, we will give girls and women an equal chance for rewarding lives and livelihoods through schooling, the learning of a trade or even a college degree.
Our two treks to Guatemala will be May 24, 2020 to May 31, 2020 and May 31, 2020 to June 6, 2020. Each trek team will consist of chapter women and alumnae members. Trek teams will be flown to New Brunswick, NJ to participate in team building at the Gamma Nu chapter facility before embarking on their trek.
Chapters participating in the trek will each be asked to choose one woman to represent their chapter in Guatemala to break ground on the schools. Archons have been provided applications to share with their women interested and will either work with their executive board, appoint a small committee or share with Headquarters to select their chapter representative. Chapter representatives must be selected by October 30, 2019.
The documents below are provided by Circle of Sisterhood and BuildOn and the prices listed there do not reflect what women on the trek will be expected to pay. Financially, women on the trek will only have to cover the cost of their round-trip flight from the New York area to Guatemala City. Their spot on the trek will be secured with a $100 deposit once selected to join.
Other pertinent safety information can also be found below.