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Sand to Sea Showcases Africaribbean Cultural Diversity

Filed in Event News by on July 6, 2016

Sand to Sea Showcase bannerSaturday evening June 18, 2016, Nile Sisters Development Initiative hosted Sand to Sea Showcase, an Africaribbean-themed event to commemorate World Refugee Awareness Month. The showcase space, nestled within the Women’s Museum of California in San Diego, celebrated African and Caribbean refugees and immigrants that make up some of the diverse Nile Sisters constituency and displayed for purchase the unique cultural products the constituents bring to the local community.

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The showcase provided the perfect opportunity for local vendors—many who are former refugees and / or immigrants—to broaden their business exposure and generate sales of authentic Africaribbean products. Vibrant colors, exotic patterns, distinctive musical rhythms, and cultural traditions delighted event guests as they browsed West- and East-African handmade apparel and handcrafted sculptures. An ancient Ethiopian coffee ceremony welcomed guests to savor various strengths of exquisite fresh-brewed coffee, African and Caribbean cuisine tempted guests to satisfy their curious taste buds, and live upbeat Afro-roots music filled the atmosphere.

All proceeds from the 2016 Sand to Sea Showcase will support and fund refugees and immigrants through Nile Sisters employment facilitation program, Back-to-Back Skill Development program, which facilitates training to enable refugees and asylum seekers to establish childcare facilities from their homes, obtain a driver’s license, or become licensed certified nursing assistants.

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