Meet Nina Nagy
Nina Nagy is a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She successfully completed a three-year training program in Somatic Experiencing and Trauma Healing from the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute. She has a post-graduate full year long certification in Integral Somatic Psychotherapy from Integral Somatic Psychology, LLC. She is presently also getting a Certificate of a yearlong study (2018-2019) Trauma Studies at The Trauma Center and PESI.
She was trained at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California (2010-12), founded by Jack Kornfield, to serve as a community teacher.
The birth of a son with autism changed the trajectory of Nina’s life from working at the United Nations to having to stay at home for her son as no help would stay long enough to allow this professional life to continue. A search for an inner refuge from suffering lead to insight meditation. In, then, teaching meditation, it became clear that many could not access being in the body due to trauma and various blockages.
This lead to the Somatic Trauma Healing certifications that can serve both for practitioners of Insight as well as be a stand alone therapeutic work for those who simply wish for Somatic trauma healing. The work at the United Nations and the experience in living in seven countries allows to work with diverse populations including people of color.
For the last 19 years, she has studied and continues to work with a number of well-respected teachers, who include Gina Sharpe, Mathew Flickstein, and Bhikku Bodhi. She actively participates on silent retreats at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) retreats and other retreat centers around the country. She formally served as a teacher at New York Insight Meditation Center in New York City and at present, weekly, at Weschester Insight in Bedford Hills, New York and at the Unitarian Universalist Association, Westport, CT.
She earned a Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) and certificates in Asian Political Economic Affairs, Political Economy, and Western European Development at the University of Pittsburgh, and she went on to work at the United Nations, focusing on development and political issues. She then, founded SafetyNet Fund, an NGO that provides education and medical help to underprivileged children and their families living in the developing world.
About Safety Net Fund Inc.
SNF is a 501 (c) (3) and was set up with the primary purpose of providing quality education to impoverished children and their families on a long term basis. Some of the proceeds from the work of Awake Abiding LLC goes towards the financing of this SNF.
The intention is to lift the most impoverished from their present situation and give them skills to pursue a financially and if possible professional life. And if not professional, then at least equip them with a vocation in which they would liive far better than their present conditions allow. The schools to which these kids are sent for study are meant for middle class children who receive adequate education to rise in life. This is vastly different from the poor schools, or madrasas, that they may find themselves in if they at all even make it to a free school.
In order for this endeavor to truly succeed, only a few children are taken from various households. Their parents work as servants, sweepers and the like for people we directly know. This enables us to know that these children are indeed in school and the employers of the parents can monitor their progress and needs on an ongoing basis. In addition, we have an independent party monitoring the kids' progress. If they do not do well academically, we shift our course to put them in vocational settings. Although, SNF has been set up to work internationally, at this moment, we are choosing Pakistan as the country of our work, primarily because of the connections we have. We allow each donor direct access to the child or the family.
Since this is composite approach of promoting well being on a holistic level, SNF will provide the following:
Books, uniforms, and other supplies
Transportation to and from
Food and vitamins
Medical help to the child and even to the parent who may otherwise not be able to work due to a medical condition.
Contingency for an emergency.
The long term plan for SNF is to secure an endowment until these kids graduate. And for this a trust would need to set up for each child once we have secured that they are indeed participants in their own education and well being. At present, SNF is servicing 11 children in Lahore, Pakistan.
One child goes to the Educators branch of Beacon House.
Four children go to Allied School, Bahu campus.
One child who has some learning difficulties is at Compass.
Two children are in vocational settings as we took them when they were in their teens.
Three children attend Doors of Awareness school.