It is the Fraternity’s goal to recognize and promote the achievements of our chapters, colonies, alumni, and advisors on a chapter, colony, regional, and international level.
The Humanitarian Award is presented to a Delta Chi member (undergraduate or alumnus), who, through his actions, exemplifies the ideals of Delta Chi and promotes the welfare of another person or persons.
David Jenks, Massachusetts ‘86
Brother David Jenks co-founded Hope Rising for India Foundation in fall 2019, a 501(3) charitable organization (www.HopeRisingForIndia.org) predicated on maintaining support for existing missions like feeding the hungry, supplying seasonal necessities (i.e., blankets, mosquito nets, saris for widows etc.), and medical support for the impoverished. It is a personal dream of Brother Jenks to see the Foundation expand its support for education and vocational initiatives.
Jenks believes, ”The best route out of poverty is through education, but a child needs access to decent schools, (the public schools are quite poor), and help with their homework if the parents are illiterate.” This type of initiative would create jobs in the community as well as investing in the children. In terms of vocational assistance, there is a need to expand the sewing center program into the rural communities to provide training where the women are, rather than where the instructors are.
The Foundation is already showing success. Local women tell stories of empowerment like being better able to feed their families and having extra money to buy or make clothes for their children. These are powerful statements to the effectiveness of this program. A longer-term goal is to set up self-sustaining programs that raise people from abject poverty to become self-sufficient. An example would be training a family how to raise chickens, sell the eggs and surplus chickens to support themselves. Another example is establishing a system of micro-loans that extend credit to people without access to normal financial institutions. These loans would be approximately $100 or so to enable purchase of a bicycle rickshaw. This $100 investment is totally out of reach for some, but which would immediately provide an income and could support a family.