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Special Notice:

Through a mandate from the Guatemalan government declared last March, all on-site school programs in the country were suspended to stop the spread of COVID-19. This, unfortunately, included our school at Safe Passage/Camino Seguro. During the closure, we have continued to ensure that the educational, emotional, health and nutritional needs of our students and families were safely met — and will continue to do so. We hope to open our school doors to our students in the coming months. As soon as it is prudent and safe, we look forward to hosting visitors again by 2022.

Hope. Education. Opportunity.

Who We Are

Empowering People and Advancing Progress in a Place of Great Poverty

Between languages and latitudes, between extreme poverty and extraordinary achievement, there is Safe Passage - serving the community surrounding the largest garbage dump in Central America.

A top-rated educational nonprofit working in Guatemala City since 1999, Safe Passage is a Pre-K through 9th grade school with a holistic approach that expands the definition of education. We mitigate underlying factors that contribute to poor educational outcomes by bringing hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families through a combination of innovative and evidence-based curriculum, health, and nutritional services.

Safe Passage at a Glance

What does a typical day at Safe Passage look like? Watch a first-hand account by following sixth grade student Edinzon as he navigates his day, including attending his favorite class, eating lunch with his friends, and going on an expedition. With the help of Safe Passage, students like Edinzon can break the cycle of poverty through the power of education.


What We Do

Dignity and Opportunity through Education

Our programs offer hope, education, and opportunity to:

  • Nearly 500 children, ranging in age from 3 to 21 years
  • Nearly 300 families
  • Total community impact: 2,500 people

We provide holistic education programs focused on three key areas:

Our Impact

Touching Lives All Across the World

We encourage each one of our students to be an engaged learner. The impact of this approach can be seen throughout our program and beyond:

  • 128 high school graduates since 2007
  • 10+ former students are or have been staff or volunteers

Sponsors, donors, volunteers, Support Team members and you. Our worldwide networks of supporters fosters our growth as we continue to touch the lives of thousands in Guatemala and abroad:

  • Global donors and supporters from 6 continents
  • More than 300 volunteers donate time each year

Our Stories

People Coming Together Across Languages and Borders

We measure our success with stories, and our stories are about people, places, and progress. Meet the people who contribute to our story and share in our success. You, too, can join our efforts to touch the lives of hundreds of students in Guatemala City.

A Graduate's Story

A Student's Story

A Mother's Story


A Volunteer's Story

Take Action

We Are Making a Difference. You can, too.

When you make a donation, join a Support Team, sponsor a child, organize an event or volunteer in Guatemala, you help a top-rated charity empower people and change lives in one of the poorest places on earth. You also find your own life enriched in ways you never imagined. Join our community.

Join a Support Team in Guatemala

Spend one week of service learning at our program in Guatemala


Contribute your time and experience in our U.S. office or program site in Guatemala City

Connect with Us

Guatemala Office

6a. Avenida 11-95, Zone 7
Colonia Landivar, Guatemala City

8am - 5pm (GMT)

TEL (502) 2440-4388

U.S. Office

49 Farm View Dr
Raymond Hall, Suite 302
New Gloucester, ME 04260

9am - 5pm (EST)

TEL (207) 846-1188
FAX (207) 926-8244