We create collaborative connections with NGO’s and governmental organizations throughout Guatemala, the United States, and overseas to broaden our reach, maximize our resources, and foster fresh opportunities for growth. Below is a sampling of some our consistent and ongoing partnerships.
Founded to provide healthcare services to Safe Passage students, Shared Beat has grown into a vibrant and independent nonprofit organization providing essential health and nutrition services to Guatemalan schools. Over the course of our 15+ year partnership, Safe Passage students have gained access to a variety of Shared Beat’s programs, including health education, annual physicals, and scholarships for those interested in pursuing healthcare careers.
Creamos was born in 2008 as a social entrepreneurship program under Safe Passage. It started as an initiative by 20 women living in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump. These women had historically relied on collecting, recycling, reusing, and reselling items scavenged in the garbage dump, in addition to other forms of risky work, to make a living. Upon attending a training hosted by a local university on how to make jewelry out of recycled paper, these women decided they’d like to pursue this craft and sell their products to generate an income. Shortly after, the group opened Creamos as a small business. In 2012, they incorporated a sewing program, doubling the organization’s enrollment.
For several years, they operated with Safe Passage as a fiscal sponsor, and have been physically located on our Guatemalan campus since its inception. In light of ongoing high interest, enrollment, and community support, Creamos became an independently recognized Guatemalan NGO for their Guatemala-based operations at the end of 2014, and a U.S.-registered 501(c)(3) organization in 2022.
Desarrollo en Movimiento is a Guatemalan nonprofit organization whose objective it is to distribute food and basic necessities to populations at risk of malnutrition and extreme poverty. We were very happy to begin a partnership with them in 2020, during their Colecta Nacional de Alimentos campaign, which provided around 25,000 plates of food to those in need.
The Guatemalan Ministry of Education accredited our comprehensive program as an independent primary school in 2012, approved our use of Expeditionary Learning teaching methodology for the first time in Guatemala in 2015, and provides teacher training and learning methodology support for our educators and volunteers.
Rotary International creates positive change through its worldwide network of community leaders. Rotarians from around the world travel to Guatemala to volunteer at our program and make a difference in the lives of our children. Local clubs and districts provide critical support through project collaboration.
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