October 1 in Guatemala is celebrated each year as Children’s Day (día del niño). Children’s Day was founded by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and is an internationally recognized holiday that promotes the rights of children worldwide, and many countries celebrate this special day.

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This year, Safe Passage’s annual celebration was full of fun activities including always-popular face painting! Children’s Day is an extra-special opportunity to relax and enjoy the supportive company of our community.

Teachers, volunteers and staff wore colorful costumes that made many of the students smile! The range of costumes are always a sight to see, and this year we had a purple dog, a doctor, and a bunch of grapes.

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Each day Safe Passage strives to meet the needs of all children in the Guatemala City garbage dump community through comprehensive education, health and wellness services, and social support. Children’s Day is an important occasion for Safe Passage, and the world, to continue to foster hope, dignity, and opportunity for all of our children.

View additional photos from our 2015 Children’s Day Celebration on our Facebook page.