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2020 Mission Fundraiser: Hands that Shape Our World

Filed in Event News by on August 19, 2019

Illustration of black-wire hands surrounding a globe model of the Earth.

Join NSDI» (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2019, for our 2020 mission fundraiser, Hands that Shape Our World. All proceeds will support vital NSDI programs and services». Since 2001, NSDI has supported refugees and immigrants in San Diego through essential services such as employment facilitation, family advocacy and education, and emergency relief. Browse our success stories.»

Register to attend Hands that Shape Our World at Eventbrite».

A Celebration of Refugee Mental Health Advocacy During Mental Health Awareness Month

Filed in Event News by on May 1, 2019

Photo of a Mental Health Awareness Month green ribbon.

During the month of May—Mental health Awareness Month—NSDI invites the public to helps us celebrate our strong history of refugee mental health advocacy at both local and state levels, listed below:

News Articles
Nile Sisters Focuses on Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Throughout May»
Month-Long Advocacy for Refugee Mental Health»
NSDI Leads State-Sponsored Refugee Mental Health Session»
Mental Health Matters Day at State Capitol»
Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health Round-Table»
Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego»

Mental Health Resources
MIND ( Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders )»
MIND | Institute»
Resources for Victims of Crime»
NSDI Addresses Domestic Violence in the Community»

Downloadable Publications
Advancing Equity: Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health»
MIND | Institute Resources»
MIND Toolkit»

NSDI Addresses Domestic Violence in the Community

Filed in Event News by on March 28, 2019

In collaboration with the San Diego County District Attorney» and Center for Community Solutions», MIND» (Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders), a program of Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI), convened a Domestic Violence Workshop on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The event raised awareness of domestic violence following the tragic death of a Somali resident» of the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. During the informational workshop, presenters shared facts on domestic violence dynamics, statistics, overview of the criminal justice system, and resources» for crime victims, including the Victim Compensation Board». MIND staff provided language interpretation for speakers of French and Swahili with limited-English proficiency. Twenty-five individuals, including newly arrived refugees and former refugees, advocates, representatives from County of San Diego, and other local nonprofit organizations, participated in the event.

Additional Information
Outpatient Support for Victims of Crime»
NSDI Crime Victim Services»

Upcoming Events
The San Diego District Attorney’s Annual Citizens of Courage Awards Luncheon»
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Immigration Workshop for Refugees»

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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.

Congregational Tobacco-Free Assistance: fulstop@nilesisters.org
Tobacco-Free Congregations»
FULSToP Overview»

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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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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