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Spotlight on Humanitarian Emergencies in World’s Newest Country

Filed in Event News by on September 28, 2017

On September 28, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) hosted Refugee Crisis: Spotlight on South Sudan» to highlight concerns over growing populations of refugees and internally displaced people in the world’s newest country, the Republic of South Sudan ( ROSS ). A distinguished panel consisting of subject-matter experts from international, national, and local entities discussed the founding of ROSS, the unfolding internal conflict, and responses by different stakeholders, as well as opportunities for San Diegans to affect positive change in the ROSS. A Facebook Live» feed of the event generated 160 local and national views.

Event Panelists
Bruce M. Abrams, Esq.
Chair, City of San Diego International Affairs Board

Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakasoro
Chair, South Sudan National Movement for Change ( SSNMC  )

Dr. David S. Bassiouni
Chair and Chief Executive Officer, The Bassiouni Group

Dr. John Chuol Kuek, MFTI
President, South Sudanese Community Council of San Diego

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Update: Panel Discussion on South Sudan Refugee Crisis in San Diego

Filed in Event News by on August 23, 2017

Photo of four young smiling South Sudanese boys

Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is planning to host an informative panel of South Sudanese leaders and key stakeholders who will discuss the founding of ROSS ( Republic of South Sudan ), concerns over ballooning populations of refugees and IDP ( internally displaced people ), as well as the responses by international, national, and local entities.

Refugee Crisis: Spotlight on South Sudan
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road #200
Raymond Executive Board Room
San Diego, CA 92106

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Congresswoman Susan Davis Receives 2017 Refugee Champion Award

Filed in Event News by on August 14, 2017


On August 5, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) hosted a community picnic» with support from the City of San Diego International Affairs Board» (IAB). The picnic provided an opportunity to share with the public the resilience and contributions of refugees and asylum seekers / asylees in the San Diego region. 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.

Guests enjoyed a lively performance by Nigerian-born international performing artist, Buki Domingos». Bruce M. Abrams, Esq., IAB Chair and Dr. Kathleen Charla, PhD, IAB Vice Chair presented a special commendation» to NSDI in recognition of the organization’s contributions to diverse communities in the city of San Diego. IAB and Human Relations Commission (HRC) Executive Director, Joel Day, PhD, also described San Diego’s ongoing efforts to include refugee and newcomer communities in civic events and decision-making. And Assemblymember Todd Gloria» and Councilmember Georgette Gomez» recounted city efforts to foster an inclusive region for all San Diegans.

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Nile Sisters to Co-Sponsor National Health Conference

Filed in Event News by on August 10, 2017

Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is pleased to co-sponsor the fifth annual United States Conference on African Immigrant Health» ( USCAIH ) in the Washington, DC area. The October 5–8 event will convene at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC–Crystal City to bring together more than 400 conference contributors from diverse backgrounds, including community organizations, academia, private businesses, and government agencies.

The conference theme will be Advancing the Health of African Immigrants Through Research, Advocacy, and Community Engagement. Oral presentations, exhibits, and workshop topics will include research and practice in African-immigrant communities; education, training, and workforce development; immigration, integration, and health.

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Invitation to Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition Strategic Planning Meeting

Filed in Event News, Health Program News by on August 10, 2017


On Friday, August 18, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) will conduct a strategic planning meeting for the Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition». The meeting will run from 9:00am to noon at the CARE Community Center, located at 12 North Euclid Avenue, National City, CA 91950.

Coalition stakeholders and community participants must reserve their places at the meeting no later than Monday, August 14, 2017. Reserve your place by email:

World Refugee Day Celebration, a San Diego Tradition

Filed in Event News by on June 17, 2017


In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 20 to be World Refugee Day, and, generally, June is recognized as Refugee Awareness Month, spurring a variety of activities locally and internationally.

Locally, Mayor Kevin Faulconer proclaimed June 25, 2016, to be World Refugee Day in the City of San Diego, a welcoming home to thousands of refugees since 1975. World Refugee Day celebrations offer an opportunity for host communities to learn more about refugees, as well as provide additional resources to refugees and similar populations.

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July Refugee and Ethnic Populations Health Convening

Filed in Event News, Health Program News by on June 9, 2017


Join NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative), in partnership with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center for a three-day workshop with sessions covering technical assistance and capacity building for board members and senior executives of health-oriented, ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) and training for African and immigrant community health workers.

This event has three purposes:

  • to provide evidence-based information to increase and strengthen the competence of ECBOs to provide culturally and linguistically proficient services to underserved minority populations
  • to build organizational development and engagement with mainstream health organizations, public policy, and other stakeholders
  • to promote collaboration and community building by refugee leaders and community members

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June 20 Is World Refugee Day

Filed in Event News by on June 1, 2017


Established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 4, 2000, World Refugee Day» acknowledges the plight of refugees and raises awareness of the world’s most vulnerable population.

In 2016, the population of refugees and displaced persons surpassed all previous global records since World War II. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), approximately 65.3 million people are displaced—nearly the combined population of California and Texas. Of this, 21.3 million are refugees» and, of this, women and children comprise about 50 percent». The United Nations defines refugees as people fleeing conflict or persecution. By international statute, refugees are free from being expelled or returned to dangerous situations. Locally, the County of San Diego is the largest refugee resettlement site in the state of California. It is also home to the second largest population in the US of refugees from Horn of Africa.

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Mental Health Matters Day at State Capitol

Filed in Event News, Health Program News by on May 24, 2017

On May 24, 2017, NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) participated in a Mental Health Matters Day celebration at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Mental Health America of California hosted the event, themed Building Momentum and Strength Together, a pledge that is particularly desirable from the perspective of refugee and ethnic populations. Among publications that NSDI staff made available to the public was Advancing Equity: Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health.»

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Nile Sisters Focuses on Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Throughout May

Filed in Event News, Health Program News by on May 11, 2017

Conceptual illustration of a tree as metaphor of mental illness versus mental health

Since 1949, the US has designated the month of May as national Mental Health Month». Throughout the month, events such as Mental Health Matters Day: Building Momentum and Strength Together» provide opportunities for the mental-health community and other stakeholders to raise awareness and understanding of mental health conditions in order to reduce stigma, educate the public, and advocate for affected individuals / communities. NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) is proud to join this long-standing tradition on behalf of refugee and ethnic populations.

In October 2016, NSDI conducted a community round-table discussion» of the mental and behavioral health needs of refugee and immigrant communities in San Diego County. Two subsequent community dialogues» convened to discuss the themes that emerged from the initial round table.

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