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We are a Guatemalan-led learning community of educators, volunteers, and administrators creating real opportunities through education for students living around the Guatemala City garbage dump


Safe Passage transforms lives

by providing students with an excellent education, a higher quality of life, and pathways to a job with dignity so they can achieve a better future for themselves and their families.

We are a top-rated nonprofit school working in Guatemala City since 1999 and are registered as a Pre-K through 9th grade school. Utilizing a holistic approach that expands the definition of education to mitigate underlying factors that contribute to poor educational outcomes. Our additional programs include educational reinforcement for high school students, health care, social and nutritional services. Our goal is to bring hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families trying to make a living around the city’s garbage dump—one of the largest landfills in Central America.

Con prisa

77 ¢

of every dollar you donate goes directly
to our programs and impacts our students

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Partners that we collaborate with
all over the world to expand our impact


Safe Passage is an international model

For how a transformational education of the whole child – focused on wellness, lifelong learning, vocational skills, and community engagement - can break the cycle of poverty.

Inspired by the vision of our founder, Hanley Denning, we are educators, healthcare providers, donors and volunteers from around the world. Together we educate over 500 children and 100 adults from nearly 300 families. We guide our students as they achieve their goals and change their lives.

Our Team

Meet our dedicated Board members, administrators, and staff from around the world working together to advance our mission

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Our History

Safe Passage started with one woman’s humble vision to touch the lives of the poorest, most at-risk children in Guatemala City and has grown significantly since our early days in 1999

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Partner Organizations

We’re always looking to collaborate with like-minded groups and individuals across the globe who believe in the promise of education and foster opportunities for community-wide growth

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Our audited Annual Reports, Financial Statements, and IRS 990s show how we carefully steward the resources entrusted to us

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Join our Community

When you make a donation, join a Support Team, set up a recurring gift, organize an event, or volunteer in Guatemala, you help a top rated school empower people and change lives in one of the poorest places on earth.


Join our Recurring Giving Program

Join our recurring giving program and help us maintain consistent support for our students.

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Your gift gives hope, education, and opportunity to our students and their families

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Join a Support Team in Guatemala

Spend one week of service learning at our program in Guatemala

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

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Contact Us

We invite you to reach out to our U.S. office in New Gloucester, Maine and our program site in Guatemala City


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

9am - 5pm (EST)

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



6a. Avenida 11-95 Zona 7
Colonia Landivar, Ciudad de Guatemala

8am - 5pm (GMT)

TEL (502) 2440-4388