Learning Like Champions!

Some of our littlest learners, working on their education packets at home. Our teacher’s are working hard to ensure our student’s educational needs are met.   They are developing new strategies for distance learning and focusing their lesson plans around relevant topics; like personal hygiene, mental health/coping during this crisis, and projects that promote interaction and 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 »

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 »

Sponsor stories: meet the Holsen family

This article was written by Safe Passage sponsor, Molly, about visiting Guatemala and Safe Passage with her family and their adopted Guatemalan son, Tomas. This past July we took our family of 5 to Guatemala for a cultural visit. The last time we were there we were picking up our oldest son, Tomas, and bringing him Read More »

Safe Passage Sponsor Stories: Meet Colleen

This article was written by Safe Passage sponsor, Colleen, about meeting her sponsor student for the first time. Our family lives on a dirt road in a small town in Maine. My husband and I are both busy professionals and we have three kids, the youngest now a freshman in college. Raising our children, we 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 »

Our First First Grade Ever!

When 34 of Guatemala City's most at-risk children marched down the aisle to receive their Escuelita graduation certificates last week, it was different than prior years when we've celebrated academic success. This year, these 34 smiling faces will not face long walks to over 30 different public schools, nor will they be saddled with mountains Read More »

Our First Escuelita Graduation

Happiness filled the air on Friday, October 26th as the Escuelita celebrated their First Annual Graduation! This year was the Escuelita’s first year as an official school recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. Wearing wide smiles and graduation caps, thirty four graduates marched down the aisle to receive their diplomas and strike a pose Read More »

The Importance of Early Childhood Education

As September began, we had the chance to listen to a very informative speech about the importance of early education by the famous economics professor Steven Barnett.  Steven Barnett is a Professor of Education Economics and Public Policy and Director of the National Institute for Eåarly Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. Thanks to the Read More »