Student Stories: Meet Sindy

Meet Sindy, 26. She’s currently a student in the 7th grade class in our Adult Education program. She’s been a student at Safe Passage for three years, and has been a Creamos participant for two years. While her husband works in the dump as a garbage picker, many of Sindy’s family are students with Safe Read More »

“Here in Zona 3, they also bare their souls when they invite you in.” Meeting a sponsor student’s family

Anne-Marie sponsors Oliver, a 13 year old student at Safe Passage. Last year, she wrote an essay about her experience visiting Safe Passage, including meeting her sponsor student and his family. We’re sharing edited excerpts here, and the full-length essay can be read here. “Imagine that you have been sponsoring a boy named Oliver. For Read More »

Social Workers: connecting with the community

Our team of social workers (Family and Community Services) works hard to connect with and support our community members by listening to their stories and learning their needs. “Social work is a way to get closer to people to and to serve them, and I believe we have to serve the people who are most Read More »

Carlos & Leslie: How a mother and her son inspire each other

Unable to afford school tuition, Leslie started working in the garbage dump when she was eight years old. At age 18, she decided to change her life and entered Safe Passage’s Adult Education program as a first grade student. After years of night classes and long days working in the dump, Leslie earned a high school Read More »

Education Knows No Age

It is nine o’clock in the morning and Elena is in the Safe Passage Adult Education class with a smile on her face and a pile of books in front of her that symbolize hope. Elena is one of 12 brothers and sisters. Growing up, Elena and her siblings all worked to provide financial support for their family. Because of Read More »

Safe Passage Psychology Program Celebrates 10 Years

The Safe Passage Psychology Program, La Luna, started in 2007. The name of our program, La Luna (‘the moon’ in English), was selected as a way to combat the societal stigma associated with psychology. La Luna is also a welcoming, kid-friendly term that appeals to the at-risk youth our psychologists work with most. Since 2007, 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 »

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 »

Caring for the Mothers of Safe Passage

“A mother is the force of love and grace that exceeds and conquers all the forces of evil.” —Josep Torras Each morning, when the students of Safe Passage walk into their classrooms, they have already overcome numerous hardships just to achieve the simple act of crossing that threshold. This success rests on the hard work Read More »