Sponsor Day

On October 24th, we had our second ever Sponsor Day! Hosted at the school, local Guatemalan sponsors were invited to come meet one another, learn more about the Sponsorship program, and visit with their students. We also had some sponsors from the US who were in attendance due to the Board Meeting. A Guatemalan-American sponsor Read More »

Children’s Day at Safe Passage

Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, is celebrated in Guatemala every October 1st. Throughout the country, children are celebrated in their schools through various games and special activities, and children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters. At Safe Passage, we also celebrate Children’s Day; it’s a holiday both our staff and students Read More »

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 »

2017 Quinceañera Celebration

Around the world, the transition from childhood to womanhood is celebrated in many different ways. In Latin America, this transition takes place when girls turn 15. This extra-special coming-of-age is paired with a big celebration: a quinceañera. Each year, Safe Passage hosts a quinceañera celebration for all of the girls at Safe Passage who are 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 »

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 »

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 »

New Year, New Knowledge : what we learn by working as a team at Safe Passage

The start of each school year brings many things that are new to Safe Passage. New students, new staff, new ideas—each a welcome addition to our diverse community. This year, there are several new things at Safe Passage that we’re especially excited to celebrate: we added 2 full-day fourth grade classes, bringing our full-day student Read More »

Playing for Peace, and Learning by Doing at Safe Passage

Our youngest students learn through play, as children do naturally, but what happens when we employ the same learning methodologies to a Safe Passage all-staff workshop? Starting the year with collaboration At the start of each new school year at Safe Passage, our new staff members join our seasoned staff members for training and workshops Read More »

This Giving Tuesday, Give Hope to Safe Passage Families In Need

We exceeded our 2015 Giving Tuesday Goal by 44 families. Thank you to everyone who participated! You can still make an impact in Guatemala City by making a donation to our program today. What is Giving Tuesday? We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but many have not heard of Giving Tuesday, a Read More »