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 »

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 »

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 Quinceañera Prep: Homemade Face Mask Recipes

In parts of Latin America, a girl’s fifteenth birthday, called a quinceañera, is a special occasion celebrated  differently from any other birthday as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. The annual quinceañera celebration at Safe Passage is one of the most anticipated events of the entire year, full of happiness, emotion, dancing, Read More »

Investing in the Future- Celebrating our 2014 Graduates

Graduation is the event we look forward to all year long here at Safe Passage. It is the culmination of years of hard work and investment in the lives of our students. Our annual graduation ceremony recognizes our students who have demonstrated diligence and commitment- overcoming many challenges along the way.  This year, we celebrated the tremendous success of 20 Read More »

Look, teacher! A zebra!

It’s not often that our students get the opportunity to leave the barrio where they live. For most of our students, the reality of a neighborhood seeping with trash and drenched in poverty, violence, and addiction is the only reality they ever get to see. When an opportunity did arrive for our 4-7 year olds Read More »

Graduation 2012

We are proud to announce that eleven Safe Passage high school students, four mothers, and one father received diplomas this year. Some have decided to enter the formal workforce right away and others have already begun preparing for their college entrance exams. According to UNICEF, in Guatemala only about 40% of school-aged male students obtain Read More »