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Notes: NPR story follows journey of an Afghan family to Alexandria to save their daughter

Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!

🌧️ Today’s weather: Expect intermittent showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, with a 70% chance of precipitation and possible rainfall amounts between a quarter to half an inch. Temperatures will reach a high near 79, accompanied by a south wind of 5-15 mph with gusts up to 22 mph. Conditions will improve Thursday night with a 30% chance of precipitation, mostly before 8pm, followed by clearing skies and a low around 67 with a west wind of 6-10 mph.

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A recent NPR story profiled the difficult journey of a family from their home in Afghanistan to Mexico and finally to Alexandria.

The profile tells the story of Shafi Amani, his wife Frista, and their 3-year-old daughter Yousra. The family fled Afghanistan a little over a year ago and, as they traveled into Pakistan, Yousra had a stroke. The stroke left her legs limp and she is unable to speak or chew food, surviving on a plastic feeding tube.

The Amani family was able to secure a tourist visa to go to Mexico to get her proper medical treatment, but he said Mexico City was unsafe and didn’t have the medical facilities Yousra needed. The family paid to be smuggled into the United States. The family was caught by U.S. Border Control. After some moving from an immigration camp, then to San Diego so Yousra could be treated at a children’s hospital, the group came to Northern Virginia.

Yousra is now receiving treatment at Children’s National Hospital in D.C. and receiving support from Alexandria’s Christ Church. The family is now living in an Alexandria apartment financed by donations.

Christ Church at 118 N. Washington Street in Old Town. (Staff photo by James Cullum)

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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).

ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.

This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.

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Family Fun Fall Fest

Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!

This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA

2023 Alexandria Fall Festival

Food trucks, bounce houses, pony rides, magic shows and more at the 2023 Alexandria Fall Festival, an Alexandria Living event presented by The Patterson Group. Join us at River Farm on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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