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Global Village School Educates Refugee Teen Girls: How You Can Help

First Posted: 11/16/11 09:45 AM ET Updated: 11/16/11 11:19 AM ET

Bertha Nibigira, a Burundi student, says she had never read a book before being enrolling at Decatur, Georgia's Global Village School .

Nibigira is one of 30 girls at the nonprofit private school that provides opportunity and safety to young refugees, Fox Atlanta News reports. Many of the students have suffered terrible tragedies in their devastated, war-torn countries and speak very little English.

The students range in age from 12 to 20, from 12 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Burma and Sudan, according to the school's website.

The school respects all cultural differences and allows girls to open up about their experiences as they wish.

"In these cultures, everybody would be paralyzed if they thought about and talked about their past experiences," Kelley Provence, the Global Village School's academic director, told CNN.

But by the end of their time, the young women are fluent in English, and most move on to their local public schools as straight A students, reports Fox Atlanta News.

The school doesn't receive any funding and is in need of donations and basic supplies such as markers and books. See how you can help here.

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Filed by Anna Bahr  |