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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]