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Then and Now: Josefa

When Josefa was little her parents died, making it impossible for her to go to school. She needed to start working. Today, Josefa is a fifty nine year old single mother who has 5 grown children and eight grandchildren. Two of her children are no longer in communication with her, leaving her to raise their 3 children (her grandchildren). Having never learned to read or write, Josefa did what she could to earn money scavenging in the garbage dump.

Then and Now: Jess

"I went to Bowdoin College - where Hanley Denning studied - and traveled to Safe Passage on a Support Team through the Alternative Spring Break Program when I was a senior in college. I was inspired by her vision that anyone could travel to Guatemala, roll up their sleeves, and make a difference, so I moved there after graduation!

Then and Now: Ginger

"I heard about the program from my sister, who lives in Maine. She encouraged me to visit the website, which I did soon after. I was immediately moved to tears. The stories of these families, and the hardships they face every day affected me in ways that I could not ignore. I decided that day to sponsor a child.

Then and Now: Martin

"In Jan 1999, I visited several projects in Guatemala. I had planned to stay for a few months and wanted to support a non-profit project. I met Hanley and accompanied her for one day with the children she was helping in the little church very close to the dump. There were 19 kids enrolled in the project at that time, but more then 50 children came to the church longing for attention and love, wanting to be able to play and hoping for something to eat.

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