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Graduation - Not a dry eye

“It was VERY hard to keep a dry eye on Saturday,” said Visitors Coordinator Steve Cook of the high school and adult literacy graduation ceremonies held on Saturday, November 23. Our staff and volunteers worked hard to transform our comedor (cafeteria) into a splendid graduation hall decked out with streamers, fragrant flowers, banners, and bright balloons. The high school graduation was in the morning and a buzzing crowd of parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends filled our seating beyond capacity. It was an emotional moment when the high school students marched through the balloon arch and down the center aisle with a Guatemalan flag to the cheers of the assembly. This year we have 14 students earning their high school degrees and going on to seek higher education and professional careers.

Thanksgiving and Thinking about Food

It's Thanksgiving week and thoughts turn to food. What should I eat on the Kayak Safe Passage Maine to Guatemala expedition?

Mother's Dreams

 
As I visit Safe Passage it's inspiring to hear the stories of the mothers.  Imagine being abandoned by your parents as a toddler, moving to the garbage dump with a distant relative, and working recycling in the dump by age seven.  Imagine dreaming of a better life for your children.  Imagine spending eight years in the adult literacy program to complete sixth grade, at the same time as working long hours in the dump to
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