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Maine Grandmother Kayaking To Guatemala For A Cause. Magdalene Castro. NBC News. Sept 19, 2014. 

Kayaker raising funds for Guatemalan children. Kimberly Drelich. The Day - Connecticut. September 18, 2014.

Dr. Deb Walters, Kayak for Safe Passage (Maine to Guatemala) visits NYC. Frogma. September 18, 2014

VIDEO Sara Wiener is helping to break the cycle of poverty. Kerri Stewart. ABC-KOHD Sept 15, 2014.

VIDEO Grandma Kayaks 2,500 Miles For A Good Cause. Jim Altman. Fox News CT. September 12, 2014.

VIDEO Paddling her way to Central America. Kent Pierce. ABC News, September 19, 2014

Maine woman comes to Niantic, fundraising by kayak for Guatemala children. Kimberly Drelich. The Day. September 4, 2014

Guatemalan Journey. The Jamestown Press. Harley Lee. August 28, 2014

From Maine to Guatemala City: kayaker visits Cape Cod on epic journey. Paul Gately. Wicked Local Cape Cod. August 20, 2014

AUDIO South Shore: Weymouth pit-stop today for woman kayaking from Maine to Guatemala. Steve Burns. 95.9 WATD. August 13, 2014

Grandmother Calls Solo 2,500-Mile Kayak Odyssey "Easier Than I Thought," So Far. Nicolette S. Anderson. NBC Bay Area. August 12, 2014

From Maine, Marblehead to Guatemala. Bette Keva. The Marblehead Reporter. August 8, 2014

Checking in with kayaker Dr. Deb Walters. Eva Matteson. Coast 93.1 FM. August 7, 2014

Heard around Marblehead: Handprints that linger. Alan Burke. The Salem News. August 5, 2014

VIDEO Bend woman traveling to turn trash into hope. Wanda Moore. KTVZ. July 31, 2014

As Volunteerism Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most? Carrie Kahn. NPR. July 31, 2014

Marblehead Rotary to host kayaker en route to Guatemala. The Marblehead Reporter. July 30, 2014

Kayaking for Guatemala Garbage Dump Kids. Suzette Standring The Huffington Post. July 30, 2014

Kayaker with a cause. Arianna MacNeill. Gloucester Times. July 30, 2014

SPIRITUAL LIFE: Risky journey in support of a cause. Suzette Martinez Standring. The Patriot Ledger. July 26, 2014

Grandmother's sea voyage aids poor. Robert Michaelson. The Hampton Union. July 25, 2014

Maine grandmother kayaking Guatemala to raise money for charity. Bangor Daily News (from York County Coast Star). Ann Charlton. July 24, 2014.

Grandmother kayaking to Guatemala. York County Coast Star. Ann Charlton. July 23, 2014.

Walters kayaking from Maine to Guatemala to benefit Safe Passage. Robert Michaelson. Sea Coast Online. July 23, 2014.

The Grandmother Of All Kayak Trips: 63-Year-Old Rowing From Maine To Guatemala For Charity. Fox News Latino. July 18, 2014.

Woman Begins 2,500-Mile Kayaking Trip from Maine to Guatemala. Ariel Black. Action Hub. July 17, 2014.

Maine Grandmother Is Kayaking To Guatemala To Help Kids Living In Dumps. Tommy Chalk. The Post Game. July 16, 2014

Maine grandmother embarks on 2,500-mile kayak trip to Guatemala. WMTW Channel 8 News. July 13, 2014

Grandmother To Kayak from Maine to Guatemala to Fund School. Jacob Passy. NBC News. July 13, 2014.

Maine Grandmother to Paddle 2,500 Miles on Behalf of Poverty-Stricken Children. Susan Sharon. MPBN - NPR radio. July 11, 2013

Grandmother Tackles Sea for School. Lauren Berg. The News Virginian. July 10, 2014

Yarmouth, Maine, to Guatemala: 1 woman, 1 kayak, 1 year. Kate Gardner. Falmouth Forecaster, July 9, 2014

Grandma to kayak from Maine to Guatemala to help kids. Kelsey McShane. USA July 2, 2014

VIDEO: Maine Woman Preparing to Kayak from Maine to Guatemala. WLBZ2. July 2, 2014
VIDEO: Kayaker to Paddle from Maine to Guatemala. New England Boating. July 2, 2014

VIDEO: Grandmother plans kayaking trip for poverty-striken Guatemalan kids. KPLCtv7. July 2, 2014

Maine to Guatemala by Kayak. Rapid Media. June 26, 2014

Maine Grandma to Kayak to Guatemala. Mike Rovin. WJBQ Radio. June 20, 2014

Paddling to Raise Awareness. Dillman. Ocean Navigator. June 20, 2014

AUDIO: Former President & Board Member of Safe Passage Deborah “Deb” Walters. Tidesmart Talk with Stevoe. June 19, 2014

VIDEO: Maine kayaker will paddle from Yarmouth to Guatemala. Chelsea Diana. Portland Press Herland. June 26, 2014

VIDEO: Students Travel to Safe Passage in Guatemala City. Bangor Daily News. June 21, 2014

Paddling 2,500 miles for Garbage Dump Kids. Suzette Martinez Standring. Fall River Herald News. June 20, 2014

Troy Grandmother to kayak from Maine to Guatemala. Ethan Andrews. Pen Bay Pilot. June 17, 2014

PRHS Students Volunteer with Safe Passage, The Country Connection, May 2014

Troy grandmother to kayak from Maine to Guatemala, Danielle Walczak, Bangor Daily News, May 22, 2014

Deborah Walters, a 63-year grandmother, will kayak from Maine to Guatemala. May 21, 2014

This Just In... Pat Desmond, Milton Times, April 17, 2014

Cumberland School to Hold 10th Fundraiser for Safe Passage, Alex Lear, Falmouth Forecaster, April 29, 2014

Greely students off to Guatemala through Safe Passage Leslie Bridgers, Portland Press Herald April 22, 2014

Safe Passage: Paddling from Maine to Guatemala for the Children of the Dump Atlantic Coastal Kayaker April 2014 article

Woman plans solo kayak trip to Guatemala The Working Waterfront, March 19, 2014

72 students participate in 2014 Alternative Spring Break trips March 28, 2014

Alternative Spring Break Group Hopes to Raise Awareness February 18, 2014

Grandmother Paddles for Child of Guatemala Garbage Dump Exepdition News, February 2014

Water Charity Project part 3. February 3, 2014



PropTalk article about the Kayak Safe Passage Expedition Prop Talk, December 2013

Kayaking Grandmother gets ready for Guatemala. Spinsheet. December 19, 2013

Herman Receives Distinguished Service Award, Grand Traverse Insider, November 4, 2013

Port Teens Preparing for Service Trip to Guatemala, Greg Phipps, Newburyport Daily News, November 18, 2013

Video Interview with 10 year old Safe Passage supporter Amanda Herman, FOX 32, October 23,2013

It's Fiesta Time! Brooks Vanderbrush, Grand Traverse Insider Oct 14, 2013

Safe Passage Open Studio WMPG Radio Interview with Dave Holman and Richard Sandifer September 11, 2013

East Troy church aims for awareness, Janesville Gazette. 22 August 2013

Brighter Future, Kristine Morris Grand Traverse Insider, June 16 2013

Fiesta Guatemala Fills Congregational Church, Chris Wolf, Penobscot Bay Pilot, March 9, 2013

Volunteers to Speak on Work with Women and Children in Africa, Central America, Free Press, 28 February 2013

Skaneateles volunteer learns from children she's teaching in Guatamala, Jessica Soule, The Citizen, 6 January 2013


It's Fiesta Time!, Brooks Vanderbush, Grand Traverse Insider, 22 October 2012

Local Organization Hosts Run For Guatemala, WCSHL News,, 5 October 2012

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Safe Passage Executive Director Richard Schmaltz, Helen Dailey, WCSH6, 7 September 2012

Welch Allyn Employees Provide Healthcare Services in Guatemala, Linda Jones, Healthcare POV, 26 June 2012

Tomaszewski has Lofty Goal (featuring Ben True), Deirdre Fleming, Portland Press Herald, 15 May 2012

After a Life-Changing Spring Break, Students Share Their Perspectives, Bowdoin Daily Sun, 16 April 2012

Safe Passage Recycle CollectionWheelock College News, 13 March 2012

Students Perform to Raise Donations for Guatemalan Charity, Bowdoin Daily Sun, 7 March 2012

Martinez 11' Discusses Gap Year in GuatemalaEHS Alumni Newsletter, 11 January 2012 


Giving back as an AmeriCorps worker, Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press, 25 December 2011

Two Gringos in Guatemala, Gorham Times, December 22, 2011

"Guatemalan women earn a living turning trash into treasure"  Anna-Claire Bevan, The Guardian December 23, 2011

Johns Hopkins Top Model Competition Benefits Safe Passage, November 30, 2011

NPR Podcast: "Guatemala City's Basurero," November 23, 2011

Fiesta Supports Guatemala Children Glen Arbor Sun, September 26, 2011
Rotarians Help Children Escape Future in Guatemala City Garbage Dump, Bob Pepalis, Alpharetta-Milton Patch, 7 February 2011.
New executive director has long history with Safe Passage, Amy Anderson, The Forecaster, 11 January 2011.


A brother's gift: 'Images and sounds I captured in a place you could have called home.', Linda Leiva, Sun Journal, 6 January 2010.
Recycling poverty into possibilities, Susanna Place, resource, January-February 2010.
Maine Student Named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 13 April 2010.
The visual power of children with cameras, Blue Greenberg, The Herald Sun, 27 August 2010.
16+ Portland downtown businesses unite for Guatemala Youth, press release, 30 August 2010.
Guatemalan art collected at local gallery, Ashley Taylor, The Duke Chronicle, 1 September 2010.
Safe Passage's Annual 5K Goes Global and Virtual, press release, 8 September 2010.
Fiesta, run and walk to benefit Safe Passage, Garret Leiva, Traverse City Record-Eagle, 15 September 2010.
Global road race debuts in hopes of lifting kids' lives, Emma Bouthillette, Portland Press Herald, 24 September 2010.
The Madre Project, press release, 4 October 2010.
Guatemala: Top Seven Places to Visit on a Family Vacation, Jyl Johnson Pattee, Mom It Forward Blog, 4 November 2010.
Land of eternal contradiction, Michelle Fajkus, elephant journal, 17 November 2010.

LTN Joins Safe Passage and Maya Lacrosse in Guatemala, April 2010

Face-to-Face: Mission Work in Guatemala, Tara Olsen, Bangor Theological Seminary Newsletter, Winter 2010 

TechMaine's "Best of the Web" Award 2010 - Nonprofit category (Kevin Brooks Web Design and Development)


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