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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.

Graduate: Celeste

Celeste was friends with a Safe Passage student and would often accompany her to the project, but was not enrolled. When her mom lost the job that had supported Celeste and her siblings, Celeste joined Safe Passage as a student and started her studies, graduating in 2010. Celeste loved Safe Passage and decided to take a part-time job helping make copies in the Educational Reinforcement Building office.

Graduate: Carlos

"One day, 2 Safe Passage social workers arrived at my house in Zone 3 near the garbage dump to talk to me about the benefits of joining Safe Passage. I was in 6th grade at the time and studying in another school. Both of my parents had died and I had been taken in by my godmother but she has recently died too. Despite these hardships, I graduated from Safe Passage in 2011, specializing in business administration. My graduation was perfect. I felt relaxed and calm because I knew that after so many hard years of studying I had made it. Now I work at an insurance company called Seguros Universales.

Then and Now: Daniel

Daniel Antonio Gonzalez started in the little church with Hanley so long ago that he can't remember what year it was. Both of his parents worked in the garbage dump when he was a little kid and he had tried enrolling in public school but was held back a grade. "I was more interested in playing soccer than studying." Volunteers began helping him to learn and Daniel quickly began passing and excelling in school. He got extra help from volunteers in mathematics, his favorite subject. Daniel went from a family working in the dump to being a member of Safe Passage´s first ever graduating class in 2007 with a specialization in computer science.

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