Afghan refugee finds home in Charlottesville

CBS19 News: Afghan refugee finds home in Charlottesville

CBS19 News: June 20, 2022 Home is how Rahimullah Nishat describes Charlottesville. “I’m not going anywhere,” said Nishat. But it hasn’t always been that way. “When I first got here everything was different to me,” he said. He came from Afghanistan in 2017 but with the help of the Charlottesville nonprofit International Neighbors as well…

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World Refugee Day celebration welcomes refugee neighbors to Charlottesville

The Daily Progress: World Refugee Day 2022

The Daily Progress: June 20, 2022 World Refugee Day celebration welcomes refugee neighbors to Charlottesville The rhythms of beaten drum shared the air with wafting scents of traditional Afghan food air at Charlottesville’s IX Art Park on Monday at a World Refugee Day celebration hosted by local nonprofit International Neighbors, a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that works…

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Celebrate World Refugee Day June 20th

World Refugee Day Celebration

This June 20th, International Neighbors is hosting a World Refugee Day event at IX Art Park from 4-7pm. There will be food, fun and activities for all. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbor! EVERYONE is welcome! The IX Art Park is located at 522 2nd St SE, Charlottesville.

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Crozet family delivers with second Change for Change drive

The Harris family of Crozet, VA, recently wrapped up their second successful Change for Change quarter drive for International Neighbors and delivered 12 gift bags—each filled with $50 in quarters, laundry supplies, and handmade greeting cards—to refugee neighbors in Charlottesville. It all started last summer, when Sarah Harris saw a Facebook post about IN’s Change…

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20 Reasons 2020 Wasn’t All Bad

There’s no doubt about it, 2020 was a tough year. While we’re certainly not sad to see it go, a few things happened at IN last year (doesn’t it feel good to call it “last year”!) that made us happy—and even proud. Here are a few reasons 2020 wasn’t all bad. Reason No. 1 Baby Marcel…

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Amy Long: Overcoming adversity with love

Amy Long (pictured above) is one of the special people we call Great Neighbors.  A few years ago, Amy learned about SIVs living in Charlottesville—people who had served alongside our military in Iraq and Afghanistan who were no longer safe in their country and were granted Special Immigrant Visas to come live in the United…

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Bringing Light: Celebrating the helpers on the ninth night of Hanukkah

Tonight is the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. And, as most people know, the holiday ritual calls for lighting one additional candle on the menorah each successive night until, on the last night, all of the candles are glowing.  You might notice that the menorah holds nine candles, not just eight. The one that occupies…

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CACF Grant Helps IN Assist More Families With Online Learning

Paid Staff and Volunteers Needed For Outreach  International Neighbors has been awarded a $35,000 Community Recovery & Catalyst Grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) to expand its efforts to facilitate online learning at home for refugee and SIV families.  These funds will enable us to provide families with computers, printers, and WiFi hotspots, as well as headphones, furniture and other items to…

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An Update on our Virtual Learning Centers

Dear Friends, As IN’s Virtual Learning Centers enter the second week, I wanted to update you on the three “learning pods”— one at the IN House, and two at Friends Meeting House. Thanks to incredible support from donors and volunteers, 18 refugee neighbors have been able to gather in small groups of students for supervision…

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