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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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Two Newcomers from Nigeria Complete Certified Nursing Assistant Training

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on October 30, 2018

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In October 2018, two San Diego newcomers from Nigeria successfully completed the 22-day accelerated CNA (certified nursing assistant) training program. A previous graduate of the CNA program referred both women. NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) facilitates asset-building CNA vocational training» for refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, and qualified individuals from other underserved or disadvantaged backgrounds. Offering tremendous growth opportunity in the San Diego region, the CNA vocation welcomed a total of 84 NSDI-facilitated graduates between 2012 and 2018.

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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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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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