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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

FULSToP branding

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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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 | 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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