Every year, NSDI connects community members with refugee and asylee families during the months of October through December. During resettlement, newly-arrived families sometimes encounter extraordinary challenges that leave them temporarily unable to meet their most basic needs. Under these conditions, refugee and immigrant families qualify for emergency relief services.
In 2016, NSDI identified 93 individuals in 19 families who were in need of additional support. Thanks to the generosity of everyday San Diegans, all identified families received support as part of the year-end program. The families hail from seven different countries including Burma, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Haiti, Iran, and Sudan. Twenty-two percent of program recipients were between the ages of 0 and 5 years. Assistance provided to refugee and asylee families ranged from kitchen equipment to gift cards, redeemable at local grocery stores.
Lauriane B. and her family (see photo) participated in the 2016 Adopt-a-Family Program. Instability and violence in Congo forced Lauriane and her family to flee to Mexico. After an extended temporary stay in Mexico, Lauriane and her children found final refuge in San Diego.
In November 2016, Kirsten R. and her family “adopted” Lauriane and her sons. “To say they were overjoyed and we were humbled is an understatement,” said Kirsten during the two-family exchange.
Nile Sisters is thankful for individual and family donors and gratefully acknowledges the following supporters:
View 2017 Adopt-a-Family photos.»
Read about another year-end relief program, Adopt-a-Basket.»»
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