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Mother: Boniface

Jumping on the balls of her feet, Boniface yells out in her high pitched voice, “Lajuj!” As part of the Family of Women group, Boniface leads a Maya counting class for visiting Safe Passage support teams. Her native language is Quiche. Teaching the Mayan numerical system to curious international volunteers gives her a sense of pride. “Now in English!” she says, showing off the English she has learned at Safe Passage.

Then and Now: Ana Rebeca

There are some women attending Safe Passage that everyone knows. They are often the outgoing, talkative women – and then there’s Ana Rebeca.

Then and Now: Jeannette

Walking up the stairs to visit the Creamos store, you can usually hear the cheerful laugh of three or four women rolling in their chairs from some small joke just made. Jeannette is usually one of the louder ones. “Before Safe Passage you wouldn’t hear us laughing like this.”

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.

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