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Kayak For Safe Passage Kids: A Grandmother's Solo Paddling Expedition from Maine to Guatemala

    

Follow Deb's Progress!

 

 

Why is Dr. Deb Walters kayaking over 2,500 miles?     

  • To tell the story of the children living in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
  • To share how inspiring the mothers are who labor with grit and perserverence for a better life for their children
  • To talk about the success of the Safe Passage model school that fosters critical thinking, self sufficiency and confidence.
  • To raise funds for additional grades for the school

How will Deb engage people in the Safe Passage story?

  • By using a daily blog and other social media
  • By giving presentations to schools and other groups in small towns
  • By speaking at larger events in cities along the route
  • By youth participating in art workshops to tell their own stories of perseverance

When?

Starting July 2014 and continuing for a year or more.

What's the route?

Deb is staying close to shore from Yarmouth, Maine to mid New Jersey and then following the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida. To avoid the possibility of armed attacks on small craft in Mexico, Deb will travel from Florida to Belize aboard the sailing vessel Polaris with Bernie Horn, President of Polaris Capital Management, and Rich Howe, Safe Passage Board President. For the final stretch Deb will kayak along a barrier reef and open coast to Rio Dulce in Guatemala.

Who is Deb?

Dr. Deb Walters is a grandmother from Maine, retired scientist and university leader, Rotarian, Safe Passage Board Member, and kayaking adventurer.  Her previous solo kayaking expeditions were in the Arctic, along the Atlantic coasts in the Northeast and the Maritimes, and through tropical waters in Mexico.

How can you get involved?

Deb is undertaking a couragous mission, but it would not be possible without the help and support of our sponsors and a host of wonderful volunteers.  Deb will be carrying her food, water and gear for camping, but would welcome offers of a bed along the way.  To host Deb, or help out in other ways, click here.  You can also sponsor per mile, follow the blog, find events to attend, read articles and stories, and learn about our generous corporate sponsors.

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Pro Deals

                       

Assisting Rotary Clubs

     Bar Harbor

     Bangor Area

     Unity

     West Bay

    Cape Elizabeth

    Scarborough

    Saco Bay

    Biddiford Saco

    Wells

    York

    Seacoast

    Portsmouth

    Hampton

    Essex

    Ipswich

    Gloucester

    Rockport

    Marblehead

    Swampscott

    Lynn

    Quincy

    Weymouth

    Scituate

    Duxbury

    Plymouth Sunrise

    Bourne 

    Fall River

    Jamestown

    Wakefield

    Sciantic RI

    Westerly

    Niantic

    Clinton

    Chester

    Ridgefield

    New Haven

    Branford

    Stratford

    Fairfield

    Westport

 

Assisting Yacht Clubs

    Agamenticus Yacht Club

    Ipswich Bay Yacht Club

    Eastern Yacht Club

    Scituate Yacht Club

    Green Harbor Yacht Club

    Plymouth Yacht Club

    Beverly Yacht Club

    Niantic Bay Yacht Club

    Harbor One Marina

    Branford Yacht Club

    Brewer-Stratford Marina

    Pequot Yacht Club

    Rowayton Yacht Club

    Indian Harbor Yacht Club

    Touring Kayak Club

    New York Kayak Company

    Sebago Canoe Club