Student Stories: Meet Maida & Gabriela

Meet Maida & Gabriela, two students at Safe Passage who recently received scholarships from our partner, Shared Beat. The work of Shared Beat includes providing both preventative healthcare programs in local schools and scholarships for Guatemalans who want to be healthcare professionals.    Maida After losing her father at a young age, education was out Read More »

Challenges & Changes

Typically, October in Guatemala means the end of the school year, with students completing their exams, followed by celebrations of the hard work completed. This fall, much like all of 2020, looks significantly different than years past but we are making sure our children still have access to education and will celebrate those who are Read More »

SAFE PASSAGE IN THE NEWS

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Maine native, Hanley Denning founded Safe Passage but it’s true! We are turning 20 and celebrating with our first-ever virtual 5k, which was highlighted in a local publication. Read about the Virtual 5K, our 20 year milestone and insights from a Safe Passage alum in Read More »

Project Homework! Focus on EL in challenging times

Our innovative Expeditionary Learning (EL) model is flexible so that students are able to continue their learning during these challenging times. Teachers have adapted and assigned expeditions that integrate hand-ons activities and critical thinking skills — a hallmark of EL curriculum — that culminate in a final project. Here are just a few examples of Read More »

Learning Like Champions!

Some of our littlest learners, working on their education packets at home. Our teacher’s are working hard to ensure our student’s educational needs are met.   They are developing new strategies for distance learning and focusing their lesson plans around relevant topics; like personal hygiene, mental health/coping during this crisis, and projects that promote interaction and Read More »

COVID Relief: Community Partners Provide Water

Safe Passage is partnering up with a group of nonprofits, collectively called REDES, as well as the local municipality to provide clean water to folks in the community. So far, 24 water trucks (each carrying enough water to support 50 families for three days) have delivered water to eight neighborhoods throughout Zone 3 that were Read More »

Continued COVID-19 Relief Efforts

We are very happy to begin another round of distributions to our families impacted by COVID-19. Over 425 bags, containing two weeks worth of homework packets, food, soap and other necessary supplies will be distributed in the next two days.  So many THANKS go out to our tireless teaching staff, social workers, volunteers and community Read More »

COVID-19 Relief

Through a mandate from the Guatemalan government declared on March 14, all school programs in the country were suspended to stop the spread of COVID-19. This, unfortunately, includes our programming at Safe Passage/Camino Seguro. The Guatemala City garbage dump has also been closed. For many of our families, this is their only source of income. Read More »

Valentine’s Day at Safe Passage

Happy Valentine’s Day! This year, Valentine’s Day, or día de San Valentín, was celebrated at Safe Passage a day early, on Thursday, February 13th. It was a fun-filled day for students, teachers, volunteers, and staff. There were special snacks and meals as well as games, and of course – lots of hugs.  Celebrations held at Read More »