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.
Ten percent of the Adopt-a-Basket recipients were between newborn and 3 years old, and 75% were female heads of households, hailing from eight countries, including Burma, Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Nigeria, Panama, and Sudan and representing four continents.
Nile Sisters gratefully acknowledges support from individual and family donors as well as the following:
- Amnesty International Club at California Western
- Girl Scouts San Diego troop 4148
- La Jolla Presbyterian Church
- Molina Healthcare
- San Diego County, Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Behavioral Health Services staff