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Overview

Refugee Mother, Preschool Daugher and Infant Waiting Outside the Nile Sisters Development Initiative Office

San Diego’s Need for Refugee and Immigrant Outreach

Nile Sisters Development Initiative aids newcomers and migrants to San Diego beyond the initial allocation period. We also assist refugee and immigrant families who experience difficulties after assimilation. Since 2001, Nile Sisters has served thousands of refugees and immigrants. In 2013 alone, we served more than 1,700 refugees in San Diego County.

The following are a few of the many reasons we assist refugees:

  • refugees frequently arrive in the US with few or no belongings
  • most refugees lack basic English language skills
  • most refugees lack employment skills that are marketable in the US
  • most refugees lack knowledge of US legal, monetary, social, and transportation systems
  • some families have lost their breadwinners
  • some refugees have higher education but in a language other than English
  • some refugees experience culture shock due to lack of acculturation services

Though members of San Diego’s immigrant population typically do not leave their homelands under duress, they still face similar assimilation challenges. The following are a few of the many reasons we assist immigrants:

  • they may speak no or little English
  • they may lack employment skills that are marketable in the US
  • they may lack knowledge of US legal, monetary, social, and transportation systems
  • they may have been sponsored by spouses or adult children who, themselves, are not yet self-sufficient

Our Mission

The Nile Sisters Development Initiative 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.


Our Vision

We seek to establish a well-integrated, productive, and vital refugee/immigrant community in San Diego County.


Our History

Nile Sisters Development Initiative is a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, founded in 2001 by Elizabeth Lou. Being intimately acquainted with the daunting challenges facing a refugee entering the United States, Elizabeth wanted to provide a broad array of services to help refugees and immigrants in San Diego to acculturate and assimilate a new language, customs, and systems that are inherent to the American way of life.


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