Global Village Welcome Walk 2019

November 2, 2019 @ 9:30AM — 1:00PM

Register to walk in GVP's Annual Welcome Walk from Clarkston to Decatur in support of refugee girls' education.

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Walk with us to support refugee young women's education!

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.



Please join us at 9:30AM November 2nd at Refuge Coffee Co. for day-of registration!

Please join us as we walk 4.8 miles from Clarkston — where most of our students begin their new life in Georgia – to Global Village Project’s home in downtown Decatur. The Welcome Walk highlights the connection between these two cities and their vast potential to support Atlanta’s refugee community. When we can unite in educating the young women who, with their families, have survived political persecution, conflict and often war-torn journeys to the U.S., we know we are showcasing the best that our community has to offer.

Please arrive by 9:30AM at Refuge Coffee Co. for check-in & registration!
The walk will start at 10:00 AM and end at GVP where we will hold our Finish Line Celebration, complete with all the necessary festivities!


Parking is available in the lot at Clarkston International Bible Church (1000 Rowland St, Clarkston, GA 30021). Parking is not available at Refuge Coffee Co, as they will be open for normal operating hours during the walk. See map below for parking options nearby:


After the walk ends at GVP, we are planning a festive Finish Line Celebration, with snacks, face painting, music, school tours, and a food truck on site, so we hope as many participants as possible are able to stick around and enjoy the fun! If you leave your vehicle in Clarkston, there are a few options for returning, depending on your time constraints:

  • Option 1: You may decide - as you seem to have a group this might be a good option - to leave your cars parked at Decatur Presbyterian Church or elsewhere downtown Decatur, and carpool to the Start Line at Refuge Coffee. Then, you can carpool the return route to Clarkston.
  • Option 2: Some have decided to use the mobile phone applications Uber or Lyft in the past to return to Clarkston!
  • Option 3: The GVP buses will be shuttling to Clarkston on a continuous basis after the walk ends until all participants have made the return trip, but please note that seats are first come first served.

Are you part of a company that would like to sponsor the 2019 Welcome Walk?

See Sponsorship details.

2019 Sponsors




Loring Brown and Michael Zowine at Morgan Stanley

Abby Friedman and Harry Heiman


Susan Kupferberg & Richard Mitchell

City of Decatur


Martha and Barry Berlin

The O'Neill Family

Are you a community organization that would like to help us spread a message of welcome and support refugees in our community?

Become an official Welcome Walk Partner.

About GVP

For the past 10 years, Global Village Project has been operating in the heart of Decatur, providing tuition-free, middle school education for refugee girls and young women who have experienced interrupted education. We hope you will join us in the journey of empowering these young women to pursue their dreams for another 10 years.

To learn more about GVP, go to

Check out this recap of last year's Welcome Walk!