Every day is an extraordinary adventure: Meet Volunteer Maria

Maria Fernanda came to Safe Passage by coincidence. At first, she did not know much about our program and she did not want to volunteer. What she did know is that she needed to spend a one month internship at a local organization to meet a volunteer requirement for school. More than one year later, Read More »

Education Knows No Age

It is nine o’clock in the morning and Elena is in the Safe Passage Adult Education class with a smile on her face and a pile of books in front of her that symbolize hope. Elena is one of 12 brothers and sisters. Growing up, Elena and her siblings all worked to provide financial support for their family. Because of Read More »

Safe Passage Psychology Program Celebrates 10 Years

The Safe Passage Psychology Program, La Luna, started in 2007. The name of our program, La Luna (‘the moon’ in English), was selected as a way to combat the societal stigma associated with psychology. La Luna is also a welcoming, kid-friendly term that appeals to the at-risk youth our psychologists work with most. Since 2007, Read More »

New Year, New Colors: how contrast plays an important role at Safe Passage

If you were to describe the interior of the Safe Passage buildings in one word, what would that one word be? For many, that word is contrast. Outside Safe Passage walls, the harsh reality of the Guatemala City garbage dump is evident in mountains of waste, impoverished neighborhoods, and bleak landscapes. And yet, as soon Read More »

Faces of Safe Passage: meet Grecia

If you’ve visited the Safe Passage cafeteria in the last 8 years, you have most likely met Grecia. She’s rather hard to miss when she’s dancing around the kitchen with a great big smile on her face. More than that, Grecia is is wholly dedicated to Safe Passage. “I didn’t want to work for a Read More »

2016 Annual Report: 17 years of progress

Have you seen your 2016 Annual Report? It shares stories of what you make possible at Safe Passage. We hope you read these stories and see how you are changing lives in Guatemala City! Read your 2016 Annual Report. Interested in our earlier Annual Reports? You can view them on our Financials page.  

Student stories: Meet Samuel

Samuel is the oldest of five siblings. He started attending Safe Passage in 2001, at the small church where Hanley started our program in 1999. At Safe Passage, life was vibrant, supportive, and safe. At home, Samuel’s world was turning upside down. Just one year after he started school, Samuel had to leave. Samuel’s parents Read More »

2016 Giving Tuesday: Feeding Families in Need

What is Giving Tuesday? We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but many have not heard of Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back to nonprofits and celebrating donors across the world. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate you all year long, and especially on Giving Tuesday! Read More »

Our Whole Child Philosophy

What is our whole child philosophy, and how do we implement it each day? We first create a nurturing environment in which children can flourish: Active learning: we strive to create engaging educational environments that are responsive to the learning style of each student in our program. Social support: we foster discovery and exploration within Read More »

Quinceañera an Extra Special Right of Passage for 13 Safe Passage Girls

For girls in Latin America, turning 15 is a really big deal. In Latin American countries, including Guatemala, a girl’s fifteenth birthday is called a quinceañera and is considered a rite of passage. Although celebrations and rituals are different in each country and traditions can vary between families, a quinceañera has one objective: to celebrate Read More »