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 »

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 »

Family Nurturing

Every Saturday afternoon around 3pm, you can find the English/rhythm and movement teacher, Shannon, standing in the doorway of the Escuelita checking off names of the fifteen families (about 60 people) who have been attending the Family Nurturing program (Crianza con Cariño) since the beginning of March. As the families all happily greet “Seño Shanno,” Read More »

Voting for the Parents Committee

Every ‘Reunion Mensual' (Monthly Meeting) here at Safe Passage is a big day, as once a month we ask our students to stay home for the day and instead invite the parents to an afternoon full of encouragement and support. It’s one of my favorite days of the month. Volunteers and staff line the front Read More »

A Glimpse into the Reunión Mensual

Once month, the children of Safe Passage have a day off and their parents come to the project instead. This is called the reunión mensual (monthly meeting). Most parents come to Safe Passage while their child is at school, and they speak with their family's social worker, listen to presentations from the psychology and social Read More »

Putting the “safe” in Safe Passage

As Father’s Day has recently passed in both Guatemala and the United States, I would today like to focus on one father in particular who greets me with a smile every day that I come to work at Safe Passage; his name is Andres. Andres is the father of two boys, ages 6 and 9. Read More »