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‘Tis the Season: President’s Annual Message

Filed in Services News by on November 13, 2018

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Dear friends, around this time last year, I humbly shared our annual updates with you. I am happy to communicate that, in 2018, champions like you have persistently voiced support for refugees» and immigrants in San Diego and beyond. In response, NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) has unwaveringly assisted underserved populations in our region through the following programs:

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Local Faith-Based Organization Adopts Tobacco-Free Policy

Filed in Health Program News by on November 8, 2018

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The Church of God of Prophecy Abundant Life became the first faith-based organization in San Diego County to adopt the FULSToP» ( Families Uniting Locally to Solve Tobacco Proliferation ) voluntary congregational tobacco-free policy».

FULSToP is a community-based initiative that aims to reduce tobacco-related health disparities and make gains toward health equity through regional approaches in San Diego and Orange Counties. The congregational tobacco-free policy is a voluntary approach to help faith-based organizations to promote the complete physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health and wellness of their congregations. The policy creates a tobacco-free environment, encourages smokers to quit, and ensures all congregants protection from secondhand and thirdhand smoke.

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New Outpatient Program Supports Victims of Crime

Filed in Health Program News by on November 8, 2018

NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) unveils a new initiative to provide supportive and culturally congruent outpatient services to victims of crime» who are coping with mild-to-moderate behavioral and mental health conditions within refugee and ethnic communities. The new program fills a previous void in community hope, healing, and prevention education.

Individuals with a confirmed appointment will receive a myriad of services, including victim assistance, intake assessment, group treatment, specialized therapy, case management, and wraparound support. The current outpatient weekly schedule is Wednesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm., but the appointment range likely will expand in January 2019.

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Invitation to Holiday Bazaar del Mondo

Filed in Event News by on November 7, 2018

Holiday Bazaar del MondoSaturday afternoon, November 17, 2018, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) will host Holiday Bazaar del Mondo ( Holiday Bazaar of the World ), an international-market fundraising event to support services provided to San Diego refugees. Event activities will include an ancient Ethiopian coffee ceremony in which guests will savor various strengths of exquisite fresh-brewed coffee, multicultural cuisine to satisfy curious taste buds, and art and jewelry gifts as diverse and unique as the constituents that NSDI serves.

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The Great American Smokeout Is Coming

Filed in Event News by on October 15, 2018

The Great American Smokeout 2018

The third Thursday of November marks The Great American Smokeout», an annual event celebrating its forty-third year in 2018. The Great American Smokeout draws attention to tobacco-related chronic ailments and deaths and signifies an opportunity for smokers to commit to stop smoking and live a healthier smoke-free life. Supportive allies include community groups, businesses, and healthcare providers. According to the CDC» (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), nearly seven of every 10 smokers want to quit smoking completely.

On November 15, 2018, a partnership among FULSToP», the Associated Students Government», and San Diego City College» will host a rally in recognition of the Great American Smokeout.

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Senior Program Manager is Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

Filed in Event News by on October 4, 2018

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Rebecca Paida», NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) Senior Program Manager, is one of eight honorees to be recognized for community service at the 2018 Freedom Fund Dinner», hosted by the San Diego NAACP».

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most effective civil rights organization. The San Diego chapter was founded in 1919 and works to advance equity in the San Diego region and beyond. This year’s event theme is “Our Voices, Our Engagement, Our Votes Matter!”

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Father Flees Nigeria, Overcomes Refugee Discrimination, and Earns Nursing Assistant Certificate

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on August 27, 2018

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Kay S. came to San Diego from Nigeria in June 2017. Economic instability and political violence had forced him to seek better opportunities in order to support his family. In Nigeria, as a seasoned educator and counselor, Kay taught college-level creative arts and provided career guidance.

The culture shock and discrimination that Kay faced after US arrival deeply affected him. “I suffered physically and emotionally because of the persecution,” he says.

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Inaugural MIND Institute Cohort Complete Training

Filed in Health Program News by on May 23, 2018

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In early May, the first MIND I Institute» cohort successfully completed the one-month training program designed to increase awareness of behavioral health within refugee and ethnic newcomer populations. MIND | Institute participants engaged in small-group lectures and discussions led by seasoned subject-matter experts in cultural proficiency, behavioral health, law enforcement, public health, and other areas of interest to refugee and ethnic populations. 

Trainee Representation

  • 3 statuses: refugee, student visa holder, US citizen
  • 8 nationalities: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, USA
  • 15 languages
  • 18% male, 82% female

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Ethiopian Mother Receives Employment Offer after Completing CNA Training

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on May 14, 2018

Winta hails from Ethiopia. At the age of 26, she was forced to abandon her education in her home country and flee for safety. She sought asylum in San Diego in 2006, and after arrival, Winta struggled and lived with a variety of roommates until she was able to obtain a work permit.

One day, while visiting a neighboring business at the Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) office complex, Winta walked in to learn more about vocational training programs. Months later, she enrolled in the certified nursing assistant ( CNA ) program in order to gain new skills required of an entry-level healthcare career.

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Mother of Two Completes Accelerated CNA Program

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on May 14, 2018

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Originally from Eritrea, Haimanot endured conflict in her home country before it forced her family to flee to Ethiopia. Haimanot recalls violent encounters with armed government forces that pushed and shoved innocent civilians out of their homes. Children were not immune, and Haimanot witnessed violent acts committed against her parents. At the young age of 16, Haimanot sought asylum in the United States. First, she landed in Oakland, California, where she sought to learn English and adjust to the new culture. In 2002, she relocated to San Diego and tried a variety of employment options—including driving a taxi and styling hair—to support her family, including two young boys.

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