Home Town donations could help the project led by a former Ellwood City woman

ELLWOOD CITY – A recent ledger article on former Borough resident Cassie Leymarie and her work with the Global Village Project in Georgia inspired a supportive local response.

Dom Viccari, a former Ellwood City manager, said supporters had started a Home Town Proud donation site. Donations can be made at globalvillageproject.org or checks can be sent to Global Village Project, PO Box 1548, Decatur, GA 30031. When making a donation, please put your proud hometown on the check memo line.

More information is available at https://globalvillageproject.org

“We invite groups, churches, organizations and individuals to send a proud donation to their hometown,” said Viccari.

Leymarie, director of education and impact of the tuition-free nonprofit organization where around 50 girls, ages 11-18, receive intensive, in-depth and one-on-one training, mainly because girls from Asia, Africa and the Middle East had more challenges and gaps in their education and fewer opportunities than boys.

Many of these girls come to the United States with a second grade education or less and are not prepared to enter college or high school. The Global Village project provides the training that enables them to graduate from high school, and currently more than 50 Global Village graduates are enrolled or graduated from national colleges and universities.

“Our goal is to get them ready to go into high school. I really like it because I like the boots on the pitch and the practice. The best part of my job is getting to know the girls and I love getting to know their families, “said Leymarie.” Meeting people from all over the world is fascinating. I remind people that Jesus was also a displaced person.

Leymarie said refugees cannot choose where they will live. They have to register as refugees, a very detailed process, before they are put on a waiting list for resettlement, and that can take anywhere from two to 18 years.

“They’ve been through so much. Some people think refugees get a free ride, but they work, they contribute to the economy. They just want a safe place to feel at home,” she said. declared.

Viccari said we often hear about refugees in the media, but the Global Project helps us see them not as stories but as real people.

“We are proud that Cassie is dedicating her life to helping them,” he said. “So many people in our area have done important and valuable work, so I thought it would be a good idea to express how proud we are as a community by donating to the Global Village Project.”

The Global Village Project began in 2004 when a group of educators and social activists noticed that newly resettled young women were struggling to do well in school due to their lack of education prior to their arrival in the States. -United.

The Decatur Presbyterian Church provides free space for the school and they are supported by grants and donations.

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