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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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Invitation to Learn-Over-Lunch Series

Filed in Event News by on May 13, 2018

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Refugee and ethnic populations in San Diego County contend with multiple pressing challenges, including behavioral health concerns, unemployment, underemployment, and limited integration. To raise awareness of these challenges, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is initiating Learn-Over-Lunch, a three-part series of two-hour sessions that will provide an overview of specific causes and engage participants in dialogues and solution development.

The first in the series will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Tubman Chavez Community Center. To acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month», the May Learn-Over-Lunch will focus on refugee behavioral health and will feature guest speaker Danielle White, Health Advocacy Coordinator for NSDI.

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Month-Long Advocacy for Refugee Mental Health

Filed in Event News by on May 1, 2018

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Mental Health Month, also referred to as Mental Health Awareness Month, receives annual recognition throughout the month of May, as national and local efforts attempt to raise awareness and understanding of mental and behavioral health conditions and to reduce stigma.

During 2018 Mental Health Awareness Month, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is advocating for increased action on refugee mental and behavioral health issues. The NSDI website will display the mental health signature lime-green background color to draw attention to the cause.

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First MIND Institute Training Begins April 9

Filed in Health Program News by on March 27, 2018

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Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is proud to introduce MIND | Institute, a comprehensive training program for candidates interested in becoming behavioral health navigators for refugee and ethnic populations. MIND» ( Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders ) is a community-driven initiative that seeks to ensure that refugee and ethnic populations have equitable access to culturally and linguistically proficient mental and behavioral health resources. Through the Institute, prospective behavioral health navigators will learn key concepts for consideration when working with culturally diverse and underserved populations.The initial MIND I Institute behavioral health navigator training begins Monday, April 9.

MIND | Institute encompasses eight classes spanning one month, covering topics ranging from cultural competence and law enforcement to behavioral health. Specific subject-matter experts and the NSDI Health Advocacy Coordinator will present the material covered in each session.

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New Headquarters for Nile Sisters

Filed in Event News by on March 1, 2018

Effective March 1, 2018, NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) has a new headquarters address:

Nile Sisters Development Initiative
5532 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite 5
San Diego, CA 92115–3642

(619) 265–2959
info@nilesisters.org

NSDI also is in the process of equipping a second San Diego location from which to offer vocational training and employment development skills:

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415 Euclid Avenue, Suite K8
San Diego, CA 92114–2204

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Refugee Roundtable: Spotlight on Female Genital Cutting

Filed in Event News by on February 1, 2018

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Refugee Roundtable: Spotlight on Female Genital Cutting
San Diego State University
Tuesday, February 6
Public Welcome, Free of Charge

In observance of International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM» ( female genital mutilation ), Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) will host Refugee Roundtable: Spotlight on Female Genital Cutting ( FGC ), a discussion featuring Dr. Nina Smart, global activist against FGC. FGC and FGM are used interchangeably.

In 2004, Dr. Smart founded Servicing Wild Flowers ( SWF ), a Los-Angeles-based nonprofit organization that specializes in educating immigrant communities and eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone ( West Africa ). For her tireless advocacy, Dr. Smart was chosen as 2016 Woman of the Year» by California Senator Tony Mendoza ( District 32 ) and honored by the United States Congress.

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February 6 is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 

Filed in Event News by on January 23, 2018

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February 6 is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. FGM is an abbreviation for female genital mutilation», also known as female genital cutting (FGC.) Although practiced for several thousand years in diverse regions of the world, FGC has generated little research, and the full extent of the short-and long-term health consequences is unclear. Today, the practice of FGC is considered to be a gross international infringement on the rights of women and constitutes child abuse against girls.

However, FGC awareness is increasing. In 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health» (OWH) announced its efforts to address FGC in the United States and a practice known as “vacation cutting”, which entails travelling abroad for the purpose of FGC.

More than twenty years ago, California passed legislation» to address FGC in immigrant populations that traditionally adhere to the practice.

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Season’s Greetings from Nile Sisters Development Initiative

Filed in Recent Blog Posts by on November 29, 2017

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Dear friends, as I reflect on the close of 2017, the outpouring of love in support of courageous refugees and displaced populations around the world mesmerizes me. Whether you’ve stood #WithRefuges and welcomed new Americans for many years or whether you’re a new supporter and advocate, I am grateful for and indebted to you for contributing your portion of unwavering support that has sustained Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) and enabled the delivery of vital assistance to new Americans over the past 16 years.

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