Celebrating Guatemalan Independence

Every year on September 15th Guatemala celebrates its independence from Spain. In honor of this holiday – and to celebrate the various parts of the country – our students took on some very special projects. Each grade learned about a different custom and culture within Guatemala, and then prepared various dances and songs to represent Read More »

Safe Passage students celebrate culture on Guatemala’s 195th Independence Day

At Safe Passage, more than 90% of our staff are Guatemalan. Cultural celebrations are an important part of what we do to celebrate our Guatemalan roots and bring our community together! Each year, Guatemala celebrates its independence from Spain on September 15. In honor of the holiday, Safe Passage staff, volunteers, students and parents join together Read More »

Exploring the meaning of the owl mural at our Learning Art and Fun Center

If you have visited our new Learning, Art & Fun Center, you are most likely familiar with the bright, colorful mural of an owl near the entrance. Created by Safe Passage Creative Expression coordinator, Noel, and volunteers, Marlon and Natalia, the mural is a reminder that inside the walls of Safe Passage, the world is Read More »

2015 Safe Passage Escuelita Graduation

The end of October each year marks the time when we celebrate our Escuelita students with a special graduation ceremony as the school year comes to a close. This year, 35 six-year-old students graduated from our Escuelita program, accredited by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. Starting with the new school year in January, Escuelita students Read More »

Safe Passage Breakdance Club Opens for Guatemala National Competition

This is a group of teenagers and youth who receive break dance and hip hop classes from our teacher Shannon every Saturday. We have the opportunity to learn in the Safe Passage Escuelita. Safe Passage is a non-profit organization that provides this space and the opportunity for us to dance each and every Saturday. Our Read More »

A Music Filled Year!!!

We welcome a music filled year here in the Creative Expression Program!  We have been fortunate enough to secure multiple donations in the last 12 months allowing us to plan for a long term and permanent music program.  Last July, TJ Hurst fundraised for our music program and as a result we were able to Read More »

Art, Photos, and the Zoo!

"I recently had the pleasure of joining the Creative Expression team field trip to the zoo.  The excursion was a chance for all of the visual art and photography morning students to practice the techniques they have learned so far this year in a new and different environment.  Art teacher, Luis Curan, along with photography Read More »

A Song with Natalia Lafourcade

In February, the increasingly popular Mexican pop singer Natalia Lafourcade visited Safe Passage. Natalia is not only a singer, but also a songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. On February 12th, Natalia Lafourcade gave a concert in Guatemala city, and seizing the opportunity, visited Safe Passage the day before to learn about the Read More »

Showcasing Our Inner Strength

If you passed the corridors of safe passage in the last few months, you would notice a room full of paint, music and teenagers.  The morning students have been finishing off their year-long projects and getting ready to show everyone all of their talents.  If you spend just one morning in the creative expression program, Read More »

The Strength in Our Community

The morning of July 27th was, as always, one of my favorite days of the year as the Creative Expression team presented the third annual Community Values Fair.  After months of planning and working with the community, we were able to host a fun filled day of artistic activities. The annual fair is a collaborative Read More »