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FULSToP Youth CAB Members in Their Own Words

Filed in Services News by on February 26, 2019

In May 2018, FULSToP» ( Families Uniting Locally to Solve Tobacco Proliferation ) launched in San Diego and Orange counties. The program is a community-based initiative that aims to reduce tobacco-related health disparities among refugee, ethnic, and African-American / Black communities and to make gains toward health equity through collaborative, regional approaches directed toward policy change and community education.

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Immigration Workshop for Refugees

Filed in Event News by on February 26, 2019

NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ), in collaboration with the Community Law Project», will host an immigration workshop on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. The free informational workshop will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to provide an overview of refugee and asylum seekers, immigration statuses, and citizenship requirements. The intended audience for the workshop includes community leaders and advocates who assist individuals in need of immigration assistance. Participants will receive current information on immigration processes and resources for direct support and referrals.

This immigration workshop is part of a series of informational workshops for refugees and asylum seekers. Future workshop topics will include victims of crime, civil rights, and other legal topics.

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St. Luke’s Adopts FULSToP Tobacco-Free Policy

Filed in Event News by on February 26, 2019

FULSToP Community Engagement Specialist, Patricia Wakhusama and Colin Mathewson, Pastor at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

FULSToP commends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for adopting a congregational tobacco-free policy» in December 2018, making it the fifth faith-based entity to implement this policy in southern California. FULSToP organizational partners, Nile Sisters Development Initiative» and The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation», work closely with faith-based organizations in San Diego and Orange counties to promote healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles for congregations of diverse faiths. Adopting the FULSToP voluntary tobacco-free policy demonstrates a faith-based organization’s leadership and commitment to helping its congregants lead lives that encompass complete physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health and wellness.

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CalNEW Begins Outreach to School-Age Refugees

Filed in Services News by on February 18, 2019

The CalNEW» (California Newcomer Education and Well-Being) project, unveiled in late 2018, is a school-based initiative supported by the San Diego Unified School District» and authorized by Assembly Bill 99. The project aims to enhance social and academic performance by providing additional services for refugees and other eligible school-age students.


Program Services

  • Connecting students and families to culturally responsive resources including academic, behavioral, and social support
  • Facilitating educator and parent meetings
  • Conducting community outreach and engagement events
  • Building cross-sector partnerships to provide comprehensive direct service to newcomers

Program Contact

To participate or refer a student or family to CalNEW, contact a community outreach specialist at Nile Sisters Development Initiative. Submit an email inquiry: info@nilesisters.org

FULSToP Awarded Honor in 39th Annual MLK Jr. Day Parade

Filed in Event News by on February 18, 2019

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FULSToP youth CAB» (Community Advocacy Board) members participated in the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade» on Monday, January 21, 2019. The parade is one the largest celebrations in the United States to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. FULSToP CAB members were joined by Fuego Dance Crew» to share uplifting messages about living a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle. The group earned second place in the parade Performance category. Parade organizers presented first-, second-, and third-place trophies to winners of Best Band, Drill Team, Educational Unit, Float, and Marching Group categories.

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Invitation to World Bazaar

Filed in Event News by on January 15, 2019

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Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2019, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) will host World Bazaar, 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.

Since 2001, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) has supported refugees and immigrants in San Diego through essential services such as employment facilitation, family advocacy and education, and emergency relief. All proceeds will support Nile Sisters employment facilitation program that trains refugees and asylum seekers to become licensed certified nursing assistants.

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2018 Great American Smokeout a Success

Filed in Event News, Health Program News by on November 25, 2018

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The first annual GASO» (Great American Smokeout), hosted by FULSToP» in partnership with the San Diego City College Associated Students Government and the Student Health Clinic, was a success. On November 15, more than 50 participated in the event to draw attention to tobacco-related chronic health conditions and to offer support to people who want to stop smoking and live healthier lives. Event highlights included a super-scale smoke-free poster personalized with comments by attendees, live music, and free quit-smoking kits.

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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.

Other Local Tobacco-Free Faith-Based Organizations»

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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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