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We Help Facilitate Refugee Self-Reliance

Nile Sisters Development Initiative designs and develops programs that acclimate, acculturate, advocate and educate resettling and relocating refugee and immigrant families. We also assist families that demonstrate a need for our services beyond the resettlement period.

Our services fall into the following three general categories:

  • emergency relief
  • employment facilitation
  • family advocacy and education

Emergency Relief

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Nile Sisters Development Initiative has an urgent permanent need for infant supplies to distribute to new-arriving refugee families in San Diego County.

Essential Household, Personal and School Supplies

Nile Sisters Development Initiative focuses attention on helping refugee and immigrant families to gain skills that lead to self-reliance as quickly as possible. During resettlement, families sometimes encounter extraordinary challenges that leave them temporarily unable to meet their most basic needs. Under these conditions, refugee and immigrant families qualify for emergency supplies.

Year-round financial donations from philanthropic individuals like you help Nile Sisters to purchase an assortment of materials essential to every household. These materials fall under the following categories:

  • baby essentials
  • bathroom essentials
  • bedroom essentials
  • food essentials
  • kitchen essentials
  • school essentials

Learn how you can sponsor family-emergency supplies.»

Employment Facilitation

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Grants from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and The California Endowment enable Nile Sisters to provide the following programs:

California Driver’s License Training

Nile Sisters Development Initiative provides behind-the-wheel training to candidates who have obtained their DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) learner’s permit, have passed their DMV vision test, and passed their DMV written exam. In this program, student drivers continue learning about California vehicular laws and safe-operation practices as they gain behind-the-wheel driving experience from a professional instructor in a special dual-control vehicle. Qualified learners receive training discounts.

California Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Vocational Training

Qualified participants attend a professional nursing school in order to prepare for California certified nursing healthcare settings. Prospective participants partake in an orientation process, complete two English proficiency examinations, and participate in an interview panel. Matriculated students invest in their success by contributing a buy-in fee and receive one-on-one support during and post training. Many CNA participants obtain employment within months, depending upon their career interests.

California Family Child-Care Home License Vocational Training

Successful completion of a variety of health courses, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), qualifies participants to be a licensed child-care provider. The California family child-care home license enables those who enjoy working with children to operate a business at home and be in control of their work hours and wages. Course content includes preparation for meeting all requirements of licensure and covers all aspects of providing a safe home-like environment, where non-medical care and supervision is provided to children for periods of less than 24 hours. Prospective participants partake in an orientation process and work one-on-one with a case worker to complete the licensure process. The case worker offers guidance during and after licensing to support the participant in establishing a home business. All participants invest in their home-business success by contributing a minimal buy-in fee.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutoring

Nile Sisters Development Initiative provides both group and one-on-one tutorial services to adult refugees and immigrants who desire to learn English as a second language. Sometimes classes take place in the Nile Sisters San Diego office. At other times, staff and volunteers take ESL sessions into the homes of refugee families, where it’s possible to reach larger numbers by inviting and engaging refugee neighbors. ESL tutoring is free.

Professional Development Tutoring

Nile Sisters Development Initiative provides both group and one-on-one tutorial services to adult refugees and immigrants who desire to enhance their professional development skills (resume building, cover-letter composition, interviewing practice, job application techniques) as they seek employment. Sometimes tutoring sessions take place in the Nile Sisters San Diego office. At other times, staff and volunteers take professional development sessions into the homes of refugee and immigrant families who may face transportation barriers. Professional development tutoring is free.

Visit the Office of Refugee Resettlement website.»
Visit The California Endowment website.»

Family Advocacy and Education

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Cultural Orientation

Refugee and immigrant families resettling in and relocating to San Diego find themselves immersed in a fast-paced environment of unfamiliar and, often, confusing customs. The process of acculturation—absorbing and integrating a new culture—requires transformation of behaviors, social and work activities, thinking patterns, values, attitudes, feelings, and self-identity. The process is complex, personal, typically nonlinear, repetitive, and frequently stressful.

Staffed by empathetic people who, themselves, have experienced American acculturation, Niles Sisters Development Initiative helps refugee and immigrant families hurdle cultural assimilation by either introduction to or assistance through the following US systems:

  • education
  • employment
  • housing
  • monetary
  • social
  • transportation

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