Spreading the word about Safe Passage

Safe Passage supporters live all around the world, united together with one common goal: helping our students in Guatemala City succeed. After first learning about our story and Hanley Denning’s original vision, many people are touched and want to learn more. They might eventually travel down to Guatemala to meet our students and see our Read More »

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 »

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 »

VIDEO: How Safe Passage changed our lives

The lives of Leslie and her family have been changed forever by Safe Passage. Hear directly from them how Safe Passage has impacted their lives in this video, shot and edited by Safe Passage graduate Daniel.

Ancient Civilizations Expedition

In Expeditionary Learning, expeditions are built around an academic topic. The Ancient Civilizations expedition served as an opportunity for our 7th grade students to learn about the roots of our shared humanity. Beginning in the classroom, students divided into small groups to research ancient civilizations around the world. Tasked with the job of teaching one Read More »

Student-led conferences

The teachers at Safe Passage help our students understand that they are accountable for their actions. This is an important aspect of Expeditionary Learning, which is the guiding methodology of our full-day school. Student-led conferences are a major component of this. In these conferences, which are held every semester, students share portfolios of their work Read More »

The Quinceañera Process: A time to give back

Quinceañeras are held at Safe Passage every year for our students, young women who are turning 15 years old. We also celebrate with our young men, or Quinceaneros. From the very beginning of the school year, Quinceaneras and Quinceaneros’ activities are planned out. It’s a four month long process which culminates in a big celebration Read More »

Student Stories: Meet Juliana & Wilder

Meet Juliana & Wilder, two eight year olds, friends, and classmates in the second grade at the Hanley Denning Experimental Primary School. Q: How long have you been a student with Safe Passage? Juliana: I’ve been at Safe Passage for four years. Wilder: I started at Safe Passage in the Jardín when I was five. 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 »