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 »

Craft development with Creamos: Jackie’s Story

Jackie is an artist who traveled to Guatemala in early 2019 to work with the mothers in our Creamos program. Under Jackie’s instruction, they created beautiful baskets out of recycled material. She recently shared her story with us. In the summer of 2018, I met Elsa Asturias while I was teaching at Snow Farm, a 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 »

Twenty Six Raincoats

Every year as rainy season begins in Guatemala, all of us who work, volunteer, and support Safe Passage start to worry about our families. Will their houses flood? Will fewer kids come to the project? Will there be landslides in the garbage dump? This is the reality for our families and the women with whom Read More »

Sewing’s First Stitch

Nine months ago seven moms packed into the tiny jewelry shop trying to crank out an order of burlap messenger bags on small home machines. Like most Safe Passage programs, Social Entrepreneurship sewing project started small but dreamt big. Thanks to the help of generous supporters, dedicated volunteers, and remarkable women, the Sewing Collective celebrated Read More »