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Four Important Steps in Education

UNO As Guatemalan public schools get ready to wind down and close for the year in mid October, we at Safe Passage are ramping up for some very exciting educational events! Instead of shutting down, we'll be opening our "Summer Camp" filled with fun and education-focused programs for students to stay off the streets and keep learning. Our Quinceañera celebration will combine women's health education with this coming-of-age ceremony, and our high school graduation on November 23rd will mark the completion of an amazing journey from the garbage dump to a life of education and success.

Our Guatemala

This September, when Guatemala celebrated its Independence Day, 27 mothers in CREAMOS set up a beautiful stand in two outlets of one of Guatemala's largest and most prestigiuos department stores, CEMACO. CEMACO hosted a month long fair called Guatemala Nuestra (Our Guatemala) and for the fourth year in a row, CREAMOS was invited to participate. Artisans from all over Guatemala travel to attend this fair inside CEMACO and sell their products.

Partners for a Day

¨The experience,¨ writes high school student Ivan Xiloj, ¨was even better than I had hoped it would be!¨ For our teenagers, spending the day recently with Guatemalan professionals was a fascinating and motivational experience. The activity ¨Socios por un Día,¨ (Partners for a Day) where high school students shadowed a manager for a whole day, involved over 600 high school students and 60 companies. We were very proud that 10 of our Safe Passage students were accepted into the program and had the opportunity to participate in such a great event!

Bowdoin Teams Keep the Legacy Alive

Part of Safe Passage founder Hanley Denning's legacy is our strong relationship with many wonderful institutions in the United States, including her alma mater, Bowdoin College. Many both short- and long-term volunteers here in Guatemala are Bowdoin students or graduates.
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