During January, the Safe Passage team worked together on delivering the Class Start-up Packages for our students and families. The Class Start-up Package holds each student’s basic needs for the 2013 school year, including: a backpack, one uniform, a pair of tennis shoes and a pair of dress shoes, and school supplies. The Uniform and Supply Department, Social Entrepreneurship, and many volunteers managed to successfully deliver the supplies, backpacks, uniforms and shoes to each student in a well-organized and efficient manner. After receiving their supplies, the students were photographed with their families while holding their Class
Start-up Packages.

 

We also used this opening activity, where we could reach all of our member families, to do a socio-economic and demographic census of all of Safe Passage’s members. Before receiving the supplies, each family completed a questionnaire with the help of a staff member which collected real, updated information through use of a series of questions (number of persons in the family, type of housing, marital status, etc.). This will give us a better idea of the present reality of life in the communities we work with in Zones 3 and 7 of Guatemala City. This census also allows us to define how we might improve services and the support we provide to families in these communities.

One of the volunteers who helped families complete the questionnaires said, “Now that I’ve met the parents of several of my students, I understand the reality and challenges they confront every day better, and I understand why I’m here. It’s because the need is great, and we must support our kids with their studies in every way possible.”

Juan Francisco Roldán, coordinator of the census, said that he was pleased with the way delivery of supplies and the census were done, since it permitted space for the families and staff of Safe Passage
to share and socialize.

The smiles of hundreds of children during these days was the best thank you that our students could have given the Safe Passage team! See our Facebook photo album from the event here.

Alexandra Rogozinski
-Coordinator of Donations