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Senior Program Manager Elected Chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum

Filed in Event News by on January 10, 2017

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San Diego Refugee Forum (SDRF) has elected Rebecca Paida, Senior Program Manager of Nile Sisters Development Initiative, to be the 2017–2019 Chair. The SDRF is a professional consortium of more than 40 organizations, including refugee resettlement agencies, social services providers, healthcare providers, other entities, and individual partners. SDRF connects the refugee community with opportunities and tools needed to advocate for, educate, and empower persons fleeing from war and persecution.

Of her new role, Rebecca says, “I am humbled to work alongside amazing refugee champions, and I look forward to joining the collective voice uplifted on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers in our region in the next two years and beyond.”

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Holiday Cheer Reaches 200 Refugees and Immigrants in San Diego

Filed in Event News by on December 19, 2016

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On December 15, 2016, Nile Sisters Development Initiative hosted its annual Adopt-a-Basket drive. The initiative allows community members, faith-based entities, local school groups, businesses, and other stakeholders to help offset some of the financial difficulties that refugee and immigrant families encounter towards the end of the calendar year.

Adopt-a-Basket supporters donated new and gently used basic household consumables, school supplies, personal hygiene products, and children’s essentials totaling an estimated value of $8,105, or about $100 for each of 200 recipients. Depending upon individual needs, beneficiaries of the baskets received additional critically needed items, such as diapers, warm winter clothing, and kitchen utensils.

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Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego

Filed in Event News by on December 7, 2016

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Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) presents Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego, to take place at the University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on January 25, 2017, from 6:00–8:00pm. The event will feature a short film screening and panel discussion among female genital cutting (FGC) survivors and activists, health care professionals, and other experts on the topic of FGC.

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Help Spread Cheer to Those in Need

Filed in Event News by on December 3, 2016

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The end of the calendar year is a difficult time for refugee and immigrant families in San Diego County, so Nile Sisters strives to relieve some of the stress by building partnerships with local businesses, schools, and organizations to collect household items, personal care items, and children’s essentials to distribute directly to the refugee and immigrant communities via two charitable programs—Adopt-a-Basket and Adopt-a-Family.

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Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health Round-Table

Filed in Event News by on October 11, 2016

Illustration of a roundtable meeting.On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Nile Sisters Development Initiative hosted a round-table discussion on the mental and behavioral health needs of refugees and immigrants, and stakeholders engaged in dialogue to identify and share key issues impacting their communities.

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Nile Sisters Participates in Civil Society Strategy Meeting, New York City

Filed in Event News by on September 18, 2016

On September 18, 2016, Nile Sisters Development Initiative attended a global Civil Society action committee meeting in New York City. The meeting convened one day in advance of the United Nations High-Level Summit (HLS) on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Immigrants», held on September 19, 2016. The HLS meeting purpose was to plan action beyond the Summit. Topics of discussion included creating global and national campaigns that foster inclusive and diverse societies devoid of xenophobia, discrimination, and racism; and the safe migration and protection of migrants in helpless circumstances.

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Photo of Nile Sisters presenting at the Civil Society action committee meeting in New York City

Photo of Nile Sisters presenting at the Civil Society action committee meeting in New York City

Nile Sisters Helps Deliver 10,000 Refugee Postcards to US Congress

Filed in Event News by on September 15, 2016

Nile Sisters recently participated in a national postcard campaign to support refugees. The campaign ran through September and October 2016, and during this time, Nile Sisters collected both electronic and print postcards. Collectively, more than 40 entities throughout the Unite Sates gathered 10,000 postcards. On September 15, 2016, Nile Sisters attended a press conference convened in Washington, DC, to deliver signed postcards to US Congress members, urging them to welcome and support refugees.

The initiative was arranged ahead of the refugee summits, organized by United Nations General Assembly and US President Obama, and scheduled for September 19–20, 2016, in New York City. The campaign called for US and world leaders to stand with refugees at a time when more than 65 million people—the highest number in documented history—are displaced.

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Invitation to Healthcare Career Symposium 2016

Filed in Event News by on August 25, 2016

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Healthcare career employment opportunities are projected to grow in the San Diego Region. To bridge the gap between employers and prospective candidates from cross-cultural populations, Nile Sisters is hosting a Healthcare Career Symposium. The symposium will expose refugee and immigrant communities to a plethora of opportunities within the healthcare sector. Participants will learn to build career résumés, hone interviewing skills, expand career networks, and connect with healthcare providers and healthcare educational institutions in San Diego.

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Invitation to Film Screening of Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus

Filed in Event News by on July 28, 2016

Photo of two Eritrean women.Nile Sisters Development Initiative invites the public to a film screening of Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus, a powerful exposé of the struggles experienced by forcibly displaced Northeastern African refugees who seek safety from violence, torture, and persecution. Claiming a population of 150,000 refugees and former refugees, San Diego is the largest resettlement site in the state of California.This enlightening documentary will provide San Diegans with valuable insight for welcoming and helping Eritrean neighbors to rebuild their tragically broken lives.

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Sand to Sea Showcases Africaribbean Cultural Diversity

Filed in Event News by on July 6, 2016

Sand to Sea Showcase bannerSaturday evening June 18, 2016, Nile Sisters Development Initiative hosted Sand to Sea Showcase, an Africaribbean-themed event to commemorate World Refugee Awareness Month. The showcase space, nestled within the Women’s Museum of California in San Diego, celebrated African and Caribbean refugees and immigrants that make up some of the diverse Nile Sisters constituency and displayed for purchase the unique cultural products the constituents bring to the local community.

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