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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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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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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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NSDI Leads State-Sponsored Refugee Mental Health Session

Filed in Event News, Health Program News, Recent Blog Posts by on October 28, 2017

On October 28, 2017, MHSOAC» the California ( Mental Health Services and Oversight Accountability Commission ) held a community forum» in Los Angeles to discuss the impact of Proposition 63, known as the Mental Health Services Act ( MHSA ).

The Client and Family Leadership Committee and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee facilitated the forum, and NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) led a breakout session that covered the topic of refugee mental health, the first of its kind for the MHSOAC.

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Rebecca Paida, Senior Program Manager, Joins ACHE

Filed in Event News by on October 26, 2017

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Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) Senior Program Manager, Rebecca Paida, is a new member of ACHE ( American College of Healthcare Executives» ), an “international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.” The ACHE mission is to “advance its members and healthcare management.” ACHE also administers the board examination for the credential ACHE Fellow ( FACHE ).

Ms. Paida is a public-health practitioner with nearly a decade of expertise in health initiatives that support refugee and other unserved / underserved populations. She is also a CHES ( Certified Health Education Specialist ), credentialed by NCHEC ( National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. ).

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