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We Welcome the Public to All Our Events

Nile Sisters Development Initiative plans several community awareness and fundraising events each year. Three occur once annually, others occur as appropriate, according to the changing needs and schedules of our client populations.

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Public participation in events hosted by Nile Sisters Development Initiative, its representatives or partners constitutes implied consent to be photographed and implied permission for those photographs to appear in print or electronic publications. Should you wish to have your image or likeness removed from any Nile Sisters Development Initiative material, please submit your request by email.» info@nilesisters.org


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Th F Sa . July 20, 21, 22 . 2017
Refugee and Ethnic Populations Health Convening

Event Refugee and Ethnic Populations Health Convening
Location Women’s Resource Center at San Diego State University
Admission Free of charge

Day 1
Day 2
Registration
Th | July 20 | 2017 | 10:00am–5:00pm
F | July 21 | 2017 | 10:00am–5:00pm
ECBO (Ethnic Community-Based Organizations)
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Seminar»

Day 3
Registration
Sa | July 22 | 2017 | 10:00am–5:00pm
African and Immigrant Hepatitis B and C
Community Health Worker Pilot Training»

Join NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative), in partnership with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center for a three-day workshop with sessions covering technical assistance and capacity building for board members and senior executives of health-oriented, ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) and training for African and immigrant community health workers.

This event has three purposes:

  • to provide evidence-based information to increase and strengthen the competence of ECBOs to provide culturally and linguistically proficient services to underserved minority populations
  • to build organizational development and engagement with mainstream health organizations, public policy, and other stakeholders
  • to promote collaboration and community building by refugee leaders and community members

Additionally, the Refugee and Ethnic Populations Health Convening aims to provide training to health outreach workers and gatekeepers who work with recently arrived refugees and other ethnic minority populations, specifically as it relates to the prevention and treatment of HIV / AIDS and hepatitis B and C.

Target participants for this event include board members and senior executives of ECBOs, CHWs, public health professionals, medical practitioners, and other health-oriented stakeholders.


Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition.

Friday | June 9 | 2017
Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition Meeting 4

Event Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition Meeting 4
Date Friday | June 9, 2017
Time 10:00am–noon
Invitation Open to the public
Admission Free of charge
Location Copley-Price Family YMCA
4300 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92105
RSVP by Email shagos@nilesisters.org
Agenda Download»
Speaker Bio Download»

Mental health is widely acknowledged as a priority health issue across refugee community members and stakeholders in San Diego County. On October 5, 2016, NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) convened ethnic and faith leaders from the refugee community for a roundtable discussion. The purpose was to better understand concerns and discuss potential steps for collective action.

On October 17 and November 18, 2016, follow-up community dialogues gathered more than 37 representatives from 16 organizations. The participants discussed promising practices, evidence-based interventions, and recommendations to improve mental health knowledge, awareness, and utilization of services. A compilation of the findings, Advancing Equity: Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health», is available free of charge to the public.

One-hundred percent of participants who completed post-event evaluations expressed the importance of meeting regularly and taking action. For now, the past participants will meet quarterly and form a Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition.

Meetings to Date
06 / 09 / 17
11 / 18 / 16
10 / 17 / 16
10 / 05 / 16

African Communities Public Health Coalition»
Advancing Equity: Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health report»


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Wednesday | January 25 | 2017
Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego

Event Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego
Date / Time W | January 25, 2017 | 6:00–8:00pm
Location University of San Diego | Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Admission free of charge
Registration Eventbrite»
Flyer Download»

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.

In the United States, the number of women and girls at risk of experiencing FGC has more than doubled since 2000. The state of California is most impacted, with approximately 57,000 women and girls at-risk. This cultural practice is prevalent among refugee and immigrant communities. San Diego is a refugee-impacted county: approximately 150,000 refugees and former refugees reside within county limits. An estimated 30,000 individuals from this high risk population live in the city of San Diego. Elizabeth Lou, NSDI President / CEO, notes, “this is an urgent conversation that the community needs to have, given that FGC is a reality in San Diego.”


2016 Events Archives

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Friday | October 21 | 2016
Healthcare Career Symposium

Event Healthcare Career Symposium
Date Friday | October 21, 2016
Time 10:30am–12:00 noon
Invitation Certified nursing assistants, home health aides, other health professionals, and anyone interested in the San Diego healthcare sector
Admission Free of charge
Refreshments Complimentary
Location Nile Sisters Development Initiative Headquarters
6035 University Avenue, Suite 22
San Diego, CA 92115
Reservations Eventbrite»

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.


Photo of an Eritrean woman.

Wednesday | August 10 | 2016
Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus

Event Film Screening
Date Wednesday | August 10, 2016
Time 6:30–7:32pm Film Screening
7:45–8:45pm Panel Discussion
8:45–9:00pm Questions and Answers
Light dinner provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill

Invitation Open to the community, parental discretion advised
Admission Free of charge
Location Women’s Museum of California»

Reservations Eventbrite»
Trailer Vimeo»

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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Wednesdays | July 6 | July 27 | August 10 | 2016
Feminism Workshops

Event Immigrant and Refugee Feminism Workshops
Date Wednesday, July 6 | French translation available
Wednesday, July 27 | Burmese translation available
Wednesday, August 10 | Arabic translation available
Time 10:30am–12:00 noon
Location Nile Sisters Development Initiative
6035 University Avenue, Suite 22
San Diego, CA 92115
Admission free
Registration Eventbrite»

Nile Sisters is pleased to announce three feminism workshops to be presented in the months of July and August 2016. Feminism is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. These workshops are part of a research project written by Marisa Meno, a student at San Diego State University», in partnership with Bread and Roses Center for Feminist Research and Activism», which maintains a goal to build a stronger local feminist community.

Ms. Meno’s research project will attempt to

  • determine how immigrant and refugee women perceive feminism and women’s roles in society
  • identify obstacles that these women face in accessing social services and / or employment
  • inform participants of key feminism topics
  • demonstrate how feminism respects diverse cultures and belief systems
  • encourage participants to express their opinions
  • encourage participants to voice struggles that they may have faced personally

If the feminism workshops reveal that local immigrant and refugee women are experiencing obstacles to equality, the San Diego feminist community could rally to help remove the barriers.


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Saturday | June 18 | 2016
Sand to Sea Showcase

Event Sand to Sea Showcase
Date Saturday | June 18, 2016
Time 5:00pm–8:30pm
Location Women’s Museum of California»
Admission Multiple options at the door
Benefits Nile Sisters Back-to-Back Skills Development program
Details / Tickets Eventbrite»

Help Nile Sisters celebrate international cultural diversity during World Refugee Awareness Month. Experience the colors, patterns, sounds, tastes, and traditions of exotic African and Caribbean cultures. Browse through and buy traditional clothing gifts and sample exotic food prepared by local restaurants. Observe and indulge your taste buds in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Move and groove to the rhythms of Africaribbean music.


Photo of a green ceramic piggy bank wearing intellectual eyeglasses.

Wednesday | May 11 | 2016
Financial Literacy and Water Conservation Workshop by Wells Fargo and SDG&E

Event Financial Literacy and Water Conservation Workshop
Date Wednesday | May 11, 2016
Time 10:30am–12:00 noon
Location Nile Sisters Development Initiative
6035 University Avenue, Suite 19
San Diego, CA 92115
Admission free of charge, complimentary lunch

Nile Sisters Development Initiative will host presentations by Wells Fargo and SDG&E to enhance financial literacy skills, water conservation, and energy conservation. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary lunch and will receive helpful printed materials to take home.


2015 Events Archives

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Friday | November 20 | 2015
Dance for Health Introduction

Event Type 2, Not You!
Dance for Health Introduction
Date Friday | November 20, 2015
Time 3:00pm–5:00pm
Location Nile Sisters Development Initiative
6035 University Avenue, Suite 22
San Diego, CA 92115
Cost free
Flier Download a printable Type 2, Not You! event flier.»
Video Watch.»
Translation available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Creole, Somali, Swahili
Reservation not required
What to Wear fitness clothing

Because refugees and immigrants resettling in the United States are at increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus type 2—commonly called type 2 diabetes (T2D)—Kaiser Permanente has funded this Nile Sisters Development Initiative outreach program, named Type 2, Not You!

All adults, children and languages are welcome to the first class. Attendees will . . .

  • learn how inactivity and T2D relate
  • learn how exercise fights T2D
  • learn to use dance as exercise
  • practice Afro-Caribbean rhythms

Nile Sisters Development Initiative pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health-related sub­jects. Content, including text and photographs, pro­vided in this website and in any electronic documents linked to this website, are not intended to be and should not be con­strued to be med­ical advice. Anyone having a med­ical con­cern should con­sult an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other healthcare worker.


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Friday | October 30 | 2015
Type 2 Diabetes Overview

Event Type 2, Not You!
Type 2 Diabetes Overview
Date Friday | October 30, 2015
Time 3:00pm–5:00pm
Location Scripps City Heights Wellness Center
4440 Wightman Street, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92105
Cost free
Flier Download a printable Type 2, Not You! event flier.»
Video Watch.»
Translation available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Creole, Somali, Swahili
Reservation not required

Because refugees and immigrants resettling in the United States are at increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus type 2—commonly called type 2 diabetes (T2D)—Kaiser Permanente has funded this Nile Sisters Development Initiative outreach program, named Type 2, Not You!

All adults, children and languages are welcome to the first class. Attendees will . . .

  • learn what causes T2D
  • learn how to prevent T2D
  • learn to identify T2D symptoms
  • learn your own body mass index
  • consult a T2D expert
  • join a hands-on cooking class
  • sample free healthy snacks

Nile Sisters Development Initiative pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health-related sub­jects. Content, including text and photographs, pro­vided in this website and in any electronic documents linked to this website, are not intended to be and should not be con­strued to be med­ical advice. Anyone having a med­ical con­cern should con­sult an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other healthcare worker.


Helping Hands, Healing Hearts 2015 Annual Brunch and Fundraiser Auction Logo and Wordmark

Saturday | October 24 | 2015
Helping Hands, Healing Hearts

Event Annual Brunch and Fundraiser Auction
Theme Helping Hands, Healing Hearts
Date Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time 10:30am–1:00pm
Location La Jolla Presbyterian Church
7715 Draper Avenue at Kline Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost $50 / person donation requested
RSVP Deadline no later than 11:59pm, Saturday, October 17
RSVP Eventbrite»
Questions Phone the office.» 619 265–2959
Email Kimberly Castillo.» kcastillo@nilesisters.com

Nile Sisters Development Initiative has collaborated with La Jolla Presbyterian Church to host the annual brunch and fundraiser auction on Saturday, October 24. Themed Helping Hands, Healing Hearts, the event will include a fun silent auction, delicious brunch, lively cultural entertainment, and drawings to win cool prizes. Nile Sisters requests and will gratefully accept an admission donation of at least $50 per person. Event proceeds will enable Nile Sisters Development Initiative to provide new refugee and immigrant women to the community with resources and vocational training to prepare them for a new career.


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Fridays, July 1 | July 24 | August 28 | 2015
Type 2, Not You!

Event Type 2, Not You!
Date Fridays, July 10 | July 24 | August 28, 2015
Time 3:00pm–5:00pm
Location Scripps City Heights Wellness Center
4440 Wightman Street, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92105
Cost free
Flier Download a printable Type 2, Not You! event flier.»
Video Watch.»
Translation available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Creole, Somali, Swahili
Reservation required
RSVP Option 1 Phone the office.» 619 265–2959.
RSVP Option 2 Email Marie Carmelle Saint Louis.» msaintlouis@nilesisters.org

Because refugees and immigrants resettling in the United States are at increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus type 2—commonly called type 2 diabetes (T2D)—Kaiser Permanente has funded this Nile Sisters Development Initiative outreach program, named Type 2, Not You! National University is a partner in the 2015 series.

All adults, children and languages are welcome to the first class. Attendees will . . .

  • learn what causes T2D
  • learn how to prevent T2D
  • learn to identify T2D symptoms
  • learn your own body mass index
  • consult a T2D expert
  • join a hands-on cooking class
  • sample free healthy snacks

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Thursday | April 16 | 2015
Nile Sisters Development Initiative Open House

Event Open House | Do One Good Thing for a Better World
Date Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time 3:00–5:00pm
Location Nile Sisters Development Initiative Headquarters
6035 University Avenue, Suite 22
San Diego, CA 92115
Cost free to the public
Flier Download a printable Open House event flier.»
RSVP Eventbrite.»

Bearing an event theme Do One Good Thing for a Better World, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) 2015 open house will welcome the general public to learn more about refugee and immigrant communities in San Diego County and the impact that Nile Sisters programs have upon these populations. The event will feature local cuisine and lively entertainment from San Diego-based businesses and will provide opportunities to meet NSDI constituents and hear powerful stories of how they are overcoming obstacles to independence.


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Saturday | February 21 | 2015
S.A.F.E. Women

Event S.A.F.E. Women
Date Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time 2:00–5:00pm
Location Nile Sisters Development Initiative Headquarters
6035 University Avenue, Suite 22
San Diego, CA
Cost free
Flier Download a printable S.A.F.E. Women event flier.»
More Details Phone the office.» 619 265–2959.

The S.A.F.E. (Secure And Fully Empowered) Women program aims to equip refugee and immigrant women with training to help keep themselves and their families physically safe. S.A.F.E. Women training focuses on human trafficking awareness and personal safety techniques. The president of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition presented the human trafficking component. Play It Safe provided hands-on personal safety instruction and techniques for defending oneself against a physical attack.


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Saturday | February 7 | 2015
Community Clean-Up

Event Community Clean-Up
Date Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time unknown
Location 47th Street canyon, San Diego
Cost free
Flier Download a printable Community Clean-Up event flier.»
More Details Visit I Love a Clean San Diego.»
More Details Visit San Diego Canyonlands.»
RSVP Deadline no later than 5pm, Tuesday, February 3, choosing either option below
RSVP Option 1 Email the office.» ekearns@nilesisters.org
RSVP Option 2 Phone the office.» 619 265–2959.

Nile Sisters Development Initiative collaborated with I Love A Clean San Diego and San Diego Canyonlands to host the first Community Clean-Up on Saturday, February 7. Including active-duty sailors, nursing students, high school students, and refugee community members, the diverse group of 20 volunteers filled 10 bags with garbage and recyclables. Just imagine! Without this intervention, items that Nile Sisters’ volunteers collected at the 47th Street canyon would have become pollution in the Pacific Ocean. This event allowed the refugee community to make the environment a priority in their lives and enabled them to be active participants in US citizenship!

Learn how to invest in Nile Sisters volunteer opportunities.»
Add your name to our volunteer-interest list.»


2014 Events Archives

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Handshake Between an African Man and a Caucasian Man

December 1–31 | 2014
Adopt-a-Family

In America, the month of December has become a time in which family members from all cultures reunite to give and receive gifts of love. Nile Sisters Development Initiative established the Adopt-a-Family program in order to help refugee and immigrant families to share American holiday traditions, and, at the same time, give American citizens an opportunity to deeply imprint the emotional reward of humanitarian service upon members of their own family.

Each November, Nile Sisters Development Initiative identifies San Diego refugee families with particularly critical resettling needs. After we develop profiles for these families, including wish-lists, we invite San Diegans to sponsor a family of their choice. Some sponsors purchase and present wish-list items to refugee families in their residences. Other sponsors choose to host and share a day’s outing, including a meal, with the family.

Send an Adopt-a-Family email inquiry to Niles Sisters: info@nilesisters.org


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Monday | December 8 | 2014
Portraits of Success

Event Portraits of Success
Date Monday, December 8, 2014
Time 10:30am to 1:30pm
Location 4305 University Avenue, Suite 640
San Diego, CA 92105
Cost free
Flier Download a printable Portraits of Success event flier.»
RSVP Deadline no later than 5pm, Monday, December 1, choosing any option below
RSVP Option 1 Eventbrite»
RSVP Option 2 Email the office.» info@nilesisters.org
RSVP Option 3 Phone the office.»  619 265–2959.

The Portraits of Success event program includes the following special presentations:

  • an inspirational keynote speech by Mark Kabban, CNN Hero and founder of YALLA (Youth And Leaders Living Actively)
  • an a cappella performance by Frequency, a UCSD vocal group
  • a community member mission moment
  • auction of work by spray-paint artist Ray Ferrer

Event attendees will be eligible to win special prizes, such as admittance tickets, including the following:

  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • The New Children’s Museum
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Chargers
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Slater’s 50 / 50 Burgers by Design
  • USS Midway Museum

Type 2, Not You! Logo

Saturday | November 22 | 2014
Type 2, Not You!

Event Type 2, Not You!
Date Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location 6035 University Avenue, Suite 19
San Diego, CA 92115
Cost free
Flier Download a printable Type 2, Not You! event flier.»
Video Watch.»
Translation available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Creole, Somali, Swahili
Reservation required
RSVP Option 1 Phone the office..» 619 265–2959.
RSVP Option 2 Email Rebecca Paida.» rpaida@nilesisters.org

Because refugees and immigrants resettling in the United States are at increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus type 2—commonly called type 2 diabetes (T2D)—Kaiser Permanente has funded a new Nile Sisters Development Initiative outreach program, named Type 2, Not You!

All adults, children and languages are welcome to the first class. Attendees will . . .

  • learn what causes T2D
  • learn how to prevent T2D
  • learn to identify T2D symptoms
  • learn your own body mass index
  • consult a T2D expert
  • watch live cooking demonstrations
  • sample free healthy snacks

Nile Sisters Development Initiative pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health-related sub­jects. Content, including text and photographs, pro­vided in this website and in any electronic documents linked to this website, are not intended to be and should not be con­strued to be med­ical advice. Anyone having a med­ical con­cern should con­sult an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other healthcare worker.


Saturday | June 7 | 2014
Celebrating as One on World Refugee Day

Event Celebrating as One
Date Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location Colina del Sol Recreation Center
5319 Orange Avenue
San Diego, CA 92115
Cost free
Reservation not required
Flier Download a printable Celebrating as One event flier.»
More Details Phone the office.»  619 265–2959.
More Details Submit an email inquiry: info@nilesisters.org
Video 2013 World Refugee Day.»


The month of June is widely regarded as Refugee Awareness Month, however June 20 is designated as World Refugee Day by the United Nations.

To raise awareness of and to cultivate appreciation for the diverse refugee populations living in San Diego County, Nile Sisters Development Initiative invites public attendance of Celebrating as One, our 2014 World Refugee Awareness Day event on Saturday, June 7. Celebrating as One will feature a variety of fun activities, including cultural entertainment, traditional poetry, live multi-culture music, raffles, entertainment for children, and a delectable array of ethnic food.


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