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Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Brunch and Auction a Success

Filed in Event News by on December 9, 2015

On October 24, 2015, Nile Sisters held its annual brunch and auction, themed Helping Hands, Healing Hearts, at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church Life Center. The event commenced with networking as supporters, donors, and Nile Sisters constituents browsed the vast array of silent auction and for-sale items. Attendees then enjoyed a traditional dance performed by the San Diego Acholi Traditional Dance Group. Next, Elizabeth Lou, President / CEO of Nile Sisters gave a passionate speech that drew from her own experiences as a refugee mother. She described the obstacles she faced during resettlement and how her profession as a community organizer and health educator helped her in establishing Nile Sisters Development Initiative. She emphasized the importance of increasing the visibility of underserved communities in San Diego and highlighted the success of program participants present in the audience.

Helping Hands, Healing Hearts also included a keynote address titled “Nile Sisters Today” by Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, a board-certified gynecologist and primary-care physician, who has helped thousands of women over the course of three decades. Dr. Jean-Murat addressed the various barriers that refugees and immigrants encounter during resettlement as she reminisced on her own childhood as a refugee. During her speech, she noted that the stories of refugees should resonate in the hearts of everyone because “we are all a disaster or event away from being a refugee ourselves.”

The annual brunch was more than just a fundraiser to assist the hard-to-reach populations that Nile Sisters serves. Helping Hands, Healing Hearts highlighted the strength and resilience of refugees and immigrants and advocated their need for a healed heart and a helping hand-up—rather than a hand-out.

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