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Mother of Two Completes Accelerated CNA Program

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on May 14, 2018


Originally from Eritrea, Haimanot endured conflict in her home country before it forced her family to flee to Ethiopia. Haimanot recalls violent encounters with armed government forces that pushed and shoved innocent civilians out of their homes. Children were not immune, and Haimanot witnessed violent acts committed against her parents. At the young age of 16, Haimanot sought asylum in the United States. First, she landed in Oakland, California, where she sought to learn English and adjust to the new culture. In 2002, she relocated to San Diego and tried a variety of employment options—including driving a taxi and styling hair—to support her family, including two young boys.

In December 2017, a friend introduced Haimanot to the Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) certified nursing assistant ( CNA ) vocational training program. This accelerated skill-building program seeks to support attempts by refugees, immigrants, and other limited-income populations to achieve gainful employment and self-sufficiency in the healthcare sector. Haimanot enrolled in the 44-day weekend program and ultimately passed the state CNA exam. Her long-term goal is to continue training in the healthcare field. Meanwhile, her youngest son’s autism spectrum disorder diagnosis inspires her to work with children with behavioral health challenges.

With the help of a tutor, Haimanot is receiving professional development assistance to help her prepare for employment in the healthcare sector. Of her experience, Haimanot says it is important to have faith during challenging times. “Challenges push you, and you become stronger. Believe in yourself.”

NSDI gratefully acknowledges CNA program support from the following entities:
John Krakauer Charitable Trust»
The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation»
Canale Communications Inc.»

Financial partners like you help Nile Sisters extend life-changing opportunities to underserved populations.

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