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Elizabeth Lou, Recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights

Elizabeth Lou, Founder and CEO of Nile Sisters Development Initiative, San Diego, California.Elizabeth Lou came to the United States as a refugee and resettled in San Diego in 1999. Drawing from resources in both her personal background and profession as a community organizer and health educator, she founded Nile Sisters Development Initiative in 2001. The organization’s mission is to educate, support, and offer training to refugee and immigrant women and their families to help them overcome barriers to social and economic self-reliance.

Her commitment to the refugee and immigrant population in San Diego County has earned the following recognition at local, state and national levels.

Year Award Awarding Organization
2016 San Diego Co. Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee Women’s Museum of California
2016 Women of Dedication Honoree The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary
2015 Woman of the Year Distinguished Nominee San Diego Magazine
2013 The People’s Microphone Award Radio Station KNSJ 89.1
2012 The President’s Volunteer Service Award US President Barack Obama
2012 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights United Nations Association of the USA
2012 Special Commendation The City of San Diego
2010 Congressional Award for Advancing the
Status of Women and Children
Soroptimist International
2006 Certificate of Recognition California State Assembly
2006 Special Commendation The City of San Diego
2003 Public Health Champion Award County of San Diego Health and Human Services
2002 Planned Parenthood Award Project Concern International
2001 Compañeras en Acción Award SDSU Graduate School of Public Health

Elizabeth Lou’s professional biography and high-resolution publicity portrait are available upon request for use in web and print promotional materials.

Request Elizabeth’s publicity kit: elou@nilesisters.org


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