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In Guatemala, children attend their public school for only half of each weekday. Many of the children attending Safe Passage are the first in their family to attend school; they often need extra encouragement, guidance, and support to pursue their studies and reach their goals.
The children in our program come to the Educational Reinforcement Center for the part of the day when they're not in school, to continue learning and to avoid the dangers associated with Guatemala City's garbage dump. In our program, each child attends a classroom that corresponds to his or her grade level in the public school.
In addition to receiving homework help, students eat a nutritious lunch, study English for 30 minutes daily, have access to our on-site medical clinic and staff nurse, and participate in activities including English, sports, computer lab, library activities, art, music, and creative expression.
With the support of our own committed Guatemalan teachers and volunteers from around the world, each child receives additional tutoring and assistance with their homework, as well as the opportunity to take part in fun, creative activities designed to reinforce their knowledge and skills. We are committed to nurturing each child’s abilities and showing them their potential.