The Guatemalan school year runs from late January through late November, and by early December our program closes for the holidays.
Before students and staff depart Safe Passage for an extended vacation, Safe Passage staff and volunteers host a festive holiday event for our students and their families.
Each year, Safe Passage shares the joy of the holidays with more than 1,000 community members at our CRE (Educational Reinforcement Center).
To show our thanks to our students and families, our staff and Family & Community Services (SERFACO) team gave more than 500 warm sweaters to our students, scarves and hygiene products to Adult Literacy parents, and thousands of cups of delicious hot chocolate to all those in attendance.
Much to the delight of our students (both young and old), Santa made a special appearance for smile-inducing family pictures and memories sure to last throughout the summer break.
The holidays can be a difficult time for many of our families. During the school year, students receive healthy meals and snacks from Safe Passage. During summer break, families may struggle to put food on the table.
When the doors to Safe Passage open again in late January, we will mark 17 years of providing hope, education, and opportunity to our community.
Until then, we hope our simple act of sharing the joys of the season with a festive community gathering will warm the hearts of our community long after the hot chocolate is gone.