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On Thursday, April 4, Decatur hosted some distinguished guests, who were greeted by students from the Global Village Project. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team paid a visit to the students and the school.

The team engaged the students in conversation, engaged in a game, and distributed jerseys, cleats, and other gear. In addition, students from the Decatur Presbyterian Church showed the players around their school and thereafter spent time with them at the Decatur Recreation Center.

The pupils of the Global Village Project heard part of Defender Naomi Girma’s family history. Her dad was an exile. He left Ethiopia for Sudan, where he arrived in the United States at the age of 19.

In her early 20s, Girma’s mother likewise left Ethiopia to pursue her education in the United States.

Growing up here and being aware of all their efforts, I believe I gained an appreciation for how wonderful it is to be in the United States and how much education can improve one’s life. Although [we know] how difficult it may be, it can be incredibly gratifying. To all of you, Girma said, “We just wanted to say how proud we are of the amazing work you are doing.”

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