Elizabeth Lou and her family fled the civil war in Sudan to Kenya in 1996. After spending three years as urban refugees in Kenya, she and her family were resettled in San Diego. Touched by the enormous challenges refugee and immigrant women encounter in accessing essential services in San Diego, and motivated by the hospitality and support of the host community, Ms. Lou founded Nile Sisters Development Initiative in 2001 to help refugee and immigrant women overcome barriers to economic self-reliance. NSDI has helped thousands of refugee and immigrant women and their families from all over the world in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. NSDI works to eliminate the disparity gap that exists in access to healthcare (including preventative services), vocational training and employment opportunities. Many of the women helped by NSDI are now serving at the organization as volunteers helping the incoming refugees/immigrants. It is for these reasons that she is being inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame as an Empowerer.
16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.