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February 15, 2018

GVP Open House 2018 – March 8th


Are you interested in sending your daughter to Global Village Project? Do you know a student who is interested in attending Global Village Project? We are currently recruiting girls ages 11-18 years of age for the 2018-2019 academic year who have been in the country less than three years and need support to be successful in the public school system. See application process and enrollment information HERE. Please plan to attend the open house to meet GVP staff, tour the school, and drop-off a completed application. Translators/Interpreters will NOT be on site to assist families.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 9:00AM – 11:00AM

205 Sycamore Street, Decatur GA 30030

(enter GVP on the Church Street side of Decatur Presbyterian Church, under the burgundy awning).

We’re located across from the Decatur MARTA station.

February 2, 2018

GVP Newsletter – January 2018


Staff Spotlight: 
Martice Sutton

by Daphne Hall 

Introducing Martice Sutton, Donor Relations Manager

Believe it or not, Martice found her way to GVP while doing a google search for volunteer opportunities. “I’ve always had a passion for girls’ education and wanted to get more involved with international communities in Atlanta. A simple google search to volunteer turned into an awesome career opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

On a day-to-day basis, Martice seeks and cultivates relationships with donors. She might be found at a GVP Authors’ Tea, at a meeting with an Atlanta family foundation, or calling on individuals to secure sponsors for the annual Tribute to Education Gala. Together, Martice’s training, non-profit experience, outgoing nature, and passion for “all things international” make her a good fit for Global Village Project. Her training includes a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.S. in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Since her formal education, she has worked both in India and the United States. She began her career in management and operations in Hyderabad, India, working for an organization that focused on affordable private schools. In the states, she has focused on development and fundraising for several organizations, including Ashoka Innovators for the Public, The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, and Families First.

Even given wide experience, Martice says, “I have truly never experienced an organization that is as dedicated and committed to its mission as GVP students, staff, partners, parents, and volunteers. I love the community and village at GVP!”

Sunday Supper for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2018


GVP Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator, Dr. Cassie Leymarie, and Community Engagement Associate, Teni-Ola Ogunjobi, join volunteer group for Sunday Supper.

Dana Diment and friends for invited GVP staff to participate in their self-organized Sunday Supper on economic inequality on January 14th. The dinner was a part of Hands on Atlanta and Civic Dinners‘ initiative to scale Sunday Suppers across Atlanta and explore economic inequality then & now. The Sunday Supper conversation examined the Poor People’s Campaign, which was the focus of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the final years of his life. Our dinner, in particular, included an educational component on GVP, girls’ education, and refugees. Thanks for letting us engage in the topic and add to the conversation.

GVP Alumnae Spotlight: 
Zai Iang 

by Karen Leary & Daphne Hall 

Achieving Her Goals


Zai Iang plans to become a hospital nurse when she finishes school, and GVP has been an important part of her life as she has worked toward that goal. She is currently enrolled in Georgia State University where her mentor Karen Leary met with her to conduct this interview back in October, 2017. When they talked, Zai reflected on her journey as a student and the impact of Global Village Project on her life.

Zai attended GVP for a year in 2011 and credits the school for her success in overcoming her fears. “Back when I first started school at public school, I was very nervous. I didn’t know the language. It was very scary because I barely had friends and was always alone. After I went to GVP and graduated from GVP, it was just like I overcame everything that I used to be scared of. [Even] now, compared to where I was back in the day, it’s very different because I guess I’m not scared of anything anymore. I can do everything by my own [efforts]. I mean, I always need help, but, what I mean is, anything you have to do alone, I used to be scared of, but I overcame that fear.”

She further explains that, “GVP is a very good school for people like us, like me or my sister who got to attend GVP…for the beginning people who come to America and just don’t know anything about American culture. It is a very good foundation for students like us to attend and then continue our lives and know more about Americans and the system of school so that we can achieve any goal in the future.” She also appreciates the teaching at GVP. “When you don’t understand about something, they will explain things to you until you get what you need. You can always go back there any time you need help. They are always ready for you whenever you need help.” Zai also praises mentors. “They help you any time you need help and they are always available when you need help. Yeah.”

How did Zai get from GVP to GSU? “After I left GVP, I transferred to Clarkston High School. Then my parents bought a house in the Tucker area and I moved to Tucker High School. I graduated there back in 2016. Since I graduated, I took a break first semester to get my financial aid ready and then I attended Georgia State University starting in January, 2017.”

Like many college students, she balances part-time employment with attending classes at GSU. “I used to work at Metro PCS, but now I work at Banner Butter,” a small, local business that makes butter from hormone-free, grass-fed cows. “We form the butter, package the butter, get it ready for shipping, and then ship it. I like it because it’s very easy and it matches with my schedule so I can go to school.” What does this mean to Zai? “On my work days, I don’t have any classes, so it’s really good.” She also has the advantage of being able to live at home with her parents and siblings. Her dad works at night for the Cargill company; her mom takes care of her older sister’s children; her sister Siang (who attended GVP) will graduate from Tucker High School this spring; and her brother Samuel is in the 11th grade there.

Even though she knows that it is not easy for people to stay in school, she advises GVP students to persevere because the rewards are worth it. “Sometimes they give up. They say school is too hard.” She encourages other students by saying, “if you stay in school and focus on your work, I am pretty sure that you will achieve your goal. And, later on, you will be a great person in your life and then get a good job. Yes.”

Keep up the good work, Zai!


Shabbat Shirah Service

Above and below:

GVP Chorus sings at a Shabbat Shirah Service hosted by Congregation Bet Haverim.

 On the evening of January 26, GVP Chorus performed at the Shabbat Shirah Service hosted by Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH) at Oakhurst Baptist Church. This annual observance celebrates the connections between justice, freedom, music, and dance. This year the CBH focused on the journeys and circumstances of refugees, immigrants, and the Dreamers who are currently at risk. Thanks to CBH for inviting our GVP Chorus to your service and being such a welcoming community.


January 19, 2018


Following DeKalb County School District, GVP will be closed again on Friday, January 19th. No volunteers, interns, or service members should report on Friday. Staff should report if road conditions permit safe travel. Please be safe. 


Please check Global Village Project and DeKalb County School District’s website, emails, calling posts, social media, and/or local news media outlets for updates regarding the weather and school closures.

January 17, 2018


Following DeKalb County School District, GVP will remain closed on Thursday, January 18th due to frigid temperatures, snow, and icy conditions. No volunteers, interns, service members, faculty, or staff should report on Thursday. Please be safe. 

Please check Global Village Project and DeKalb County School District’s website, emails, calling posts, social media, and/or local news media outlets for updates regarding the weather and school closures.

January 17, 2018


Following DeKalb County School District, GVP is closed on Wednesday, January 17th due to frigid temperatures, snow, and icy conditions. No volunteers, interns, service members, faculty, or staff should report on Wednesday. Please be safe. 



Please check Global Village Project and DeKalb County School District’s website, emails, calling posts, social media, and/or local news media outlets for updates regarding the weather and school closures.



January 9, 2018

We’re Hiring!

Work at GVP:

Director of Development (FT)

(Please see position description for details about how to apply.)





Global Village Project is currently recruiting for one 2018 School Support AmeriCorps member position through Notre Dame Mission Volunteers (NDMV)! Click the service description below for details on the positions. Learn more about Notre Dame Misson Volunteers and their program before completing your application.

To apply, complete and application via NDMV’s website: APPY HERE. Contact NDMV’s Site Director, Alison Sheldon, at, and/or the GVP Site Supervisor, Teni-Ola Ogunjobi, at if you have questions.

School Support AmeriCorps Member – Service Description

January 8, 2018


DeKalb County School District has closed all schools on Monday, January 8th based on the possibility of inclement weather. GVP will also be closed to students. No volunteers or interns should report on Monday. Please be safe. 

Please check Global Village Project and DeKalb County School District’s website, emails, calling posts, social media, and/or local news media outlets for updates regarding the weather and school closures.

December 22, 2017

GVP Newsletter – December 2017


GVP Presents Authors’ Tea…
LifeWorks: Living Wax Museum Exhibition


On December 15th we hosted our first Authors’ Tea of the 2017-2018 school-year. GVP girls presented their LifeWorks integrated unit of study in the form of a Living Wax Museum Exhibition. Students brought to life historical women and careers from Queen Elizabeth, Scientists, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Florence Griffith, to Police Officers and many more. Over 100 guests witnessed Forms 1 and 2 students perform We Do The Work and Form 3 students perform We Can All Be Leaders. The songs reflected Forms 1 and 2  students’ unit focus on various careers and Form 3 students’ unit focus on historical women. The audience was welcomed and given a demonstration of the living wax museum and then they went around to students’ classrooms to watch their performances. After the living wax museum, everyone reconvened at the reception for tea and refreshments. Thank you to our village sustainers and new friends that joined us for our December Authors’ Tea. If you missed the action, view some special video clips below and also join us on Friday February 9, 2018 for our next Tea.


GVP in the News: 

Friendship Beyond Borders


Emory University students and some GVP girls are collaborating our a project this school-year. Students in Dr. Isabella Alexander’s Anthropology 385: The Migrant and Refugee Crisis were required to speak to talk with migrant refugees to understand their lives and needs, and propose sustainable solutions to address some of their barriers to success. Emory students Mikailia Schmitt, Konya Badsa, and Sophia Dillon connected with GVP alumnae Khaty Barati and refugee student who resettled from Afghanistan to the U.S. with her mother and sister at the age of 14. After hearing Khaty’s story about her journey, the Emory students proposed “Friendship Beyond Borders,” a peer mentorship program that seeks to connect refugee girls at The Global Village Project in Decatur with non-refugee girls at Atlanta’s The New School to support one another and promote cultural understanding. Thanks to our Mentor Coordinator, Michelle Kuperman for coordinating this pilot program with Emory students and our Community Engagement Associate, Teni-Ola Ogunjobi for training students at The New School. Read the full article HERE.



Alumnae Spotlight: 
Ehsoe Moo 


GVP Alumnae EhSoe Moo wrote about her journey from a refugee camp to the U.S. as a part of VOX Investigates semester-long project and she had her story published this month. GVP alumnae were involved in an after-school program to take a deep dive into matters of critical importance to Atlanta-area youth through the activities of reporting, self-expression and publishing. VOX’s teens worked with professional journalists as mentors as they produced video, audio and written stories, which were published online and in print. Here’s an excerpt from Ehsoe’s story:

I came to United States (our third country) in 2012, when I was around 14 years old, and I had no idea why I came here. It was at a time when United States wanted some of the refugees to come to this country. My mom is the one who told my dad that she wanted to take this opportunity. At first, my dad refused, but my mom was so motivated because she doesn’t want her family to end up in the camp.

At first, people kept asking me why I came to the United States. Then, it was so hard for me to answer them. I spoke no English. I spoke my own language in Karen (from my mom) and Burmese (from my dad). It was really hard for me to learn another new language in this country. My first school here was the Global Village Project (GVP), a school for teenage refugee girls). I still remember when one of the teachers came up to me introducing herself and asked me something, maybe a very simple question like “How are you” or “What’s your name?” But I had no idea what she was saying to me, so I just looked at her and gave her big smile.

I always felt frustrated at myself and asked, WHY?! Why is this so hard for me to understand the language? Have you ever experienced when the teacher is talking to you in class and you don’t understand anything what they say but just look at them like a deaf person? I always blamed myself for not able to speak English and understand the language. I would literally get mad. Adapting to life in this country was driving me crazy. But each year, I felt like it was getting a little better. Then, I started liking the school and my new community.

Each of the students at GVP got her own mentor who looks after us when we move on to high school. Ms. Robbin was my mentor, and she’s also my piano teacher. I am so so grateful to have her in my life because she has been helping me with almost everything and even helps my my family, too.

After I finished school at GVP, I got the opportunity to go to Academe of the Oaks for high school. Four years flew by, and this is my very last year. I was truly so blessed to be there, and I am so proud to call Academe my home because I feel safe and I am surrounded by teachers and friends who were so loving and caring. I love my classmates, because every time when I did my presentation in front of them, I would always get nervous but they understand me and they knew that English is not my first language.

Now when people ask me why I came to the United States I can answer without hesitation. I will just simply tell them that it is because I want a better life.

Ehsoe, 18, is a senior at Academe of the Oaks and is active in Global Village Project.

[Read more of Ehsoe Moo’s Story HERE]

December 19, 2017

GVP’s 2017 Annual Report: Our World


GVP Annual Report 2017


We’re pleased to announce that the GVP Annual Report 2017 is available!

In this year’s annual report, you will read about all the exciting things that have happened at GVP over the past fiscal year, including:

  • The student snapshot
  • New academic and community engagement initiatives
  • Arts integration highlights
  • The financial report



GVP 2016 Annual Report

GVP 2015 Annual Report

GVP 2014 Annual Report

GVP 2013 Annual Report



December 8, 2017

Early Dismissal: December 8th

Following DeKalb County Schools, GVP will release students early on Friday, December 8th. Early buses will leave after lunch and cleaning at 1:00PM, and Route 3 will leave as soon as possible, hopefully by 2:00PM. All staff will be released by 2:30PM. Be safe and have a good weekend!

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