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.
Hoping to build a better life in the United States, Grace* and her three children came to San Diego as refugees from Congo in October 2015. After they arrived, Grace was unable to enroll her family in a Covered California health insurance plan because she communicates in French only. The County of San Diego referred her to Nile Sisters Development Initiative.
As a Certified Enrollment Entity, Nile Sisters has Certified Application Counselors (CACs) who provide free in-person assistance to populations who are eligible for Covered California and Medi-Cal insurance. The CACs and staff provide culturally proficient services to consumers in a variety of languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Creole, French, Haitian, and Swahili. Funding from 2-1-1, Community Science, and the Cal Wellness Foundation has enabled Nile Sisters to develop linguistically appropriate materials for hard-to-reach populations, which has led to View entire story.»
Originally from Guerrero, Mexico, Rosalinda fled escalating violence in her home town in order to build a better life in the US. “I was picked up, kidnapped, and tortured by armed men,” Rosalinda recounts her traumatic experience. Some of her extended family members also fled Mexico after her cousin was killed. Fueled by fear, Rosalinda and her four children left everything behind and headed north. “I walked for three days to Tijuana, and I worried especially about the children,” she said. “But I reassured them that I was here for them, and that they didn’t have to worry.”
Upon their arrival, Rosalinda and her children were booked View entire story.»
Thanks to our growing community of supporting friends, Nile Sisters Development Initiative grew in important ways that made 2015 one of the best in our fourteen-year history of serving refugee and immigrant populations. Following are the highlights of our achievements this year.
Niles Sisters Development Initiative now offers website visitors Google™ Translate, a free tool to translate text on every page in the website into other languages. Visitors may access the new translation tool in the top right corner of every web page.
Installation of this new website addition clearly demonstrates Nile Sisters’ commitment to comply with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care, commonly referred to the National CLAS Standards. These 15 standards are a strategy to help eliminate well-documented health inequities in the United States by tailoring services to the cultural and language preferences of diverse populations.